16 PBC Baseball Players Named on Two All-Region Teams

Georgia College's Brandon Benson, PBC Player of the Year
Georgia College's Brandon Benson, PBC Player of the Year

AUGUSTA, GA -- Sixteen Peach Belt Conference baseball players were named All-Region as both the D2CCA and the NCBWA released their teams on Thursday.  Both organizations named Georgia College's Brandon Benson the region Player of the Year.  Benson was one of three players to be named first-team by both organizations; the other two were North Georgia's Michael Gouge and USC Aiken's Joseph Benitez.  In all, 10 of the 16 players were named to both teams.

The D2CCA team is selected by region Sports Information Directors.  The NCBWA team is selected by members of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

All first-team honorees will now be eligibile for All-America consideration by their respective organizations.

2017 D2CCA Division II All-Southeast Region

First Team

1b - Drew Ellis, Mt. Olive
2b - Hunter Merrill, Mars Hill
3b - Cal Gentry, Georgia College
SS - Brandon Benson, Georgia College
OF - Luke Setzer, Catawba
OF - Michael Gouge, North Georgia
OF - Nick Beinlich, Belmont Abbey
DH - Ryan Patterson, Armstrong State
UT (Non-P) - Luke Westerberg, USC Aiken
UT/P - Hayden Buffkin, UNC Pembroke
SP - Austin Hutchison, Mt. Olive
SP - Joseph Benitez, USC Aiken
SP - Thomas St. Clair, Lenoir-Rhyne
SP - Dylan Peppers, North Georgia
RP - Zach Mozingo, Mt. Olive

Second Team

1b - Mason McClellan, Columbus State
2b - Michael Bell, North Georgia
3b - Chase Allen, Limestone
SS - Ricky Surum, Mt. Olive
OF - Logan Augustine, Lincoln Memorial
OF - Mike Warren, Armstrong State
OF - Mitchell Price, USC Aiken
DH - Zach Mozingo, Mt. Olive
UT (Non-P) - Jarratt Mobley, UNC Pembroke
UT/P - Dominic Morabito, Lincoln Memorial
SP - Bruce Zimmerman, Mt. Olive
SP - Daniel McCrary, North Georgia
SP - Caleb Kutsche, Columbus State
SP - Tucker Burgess, North Greenville
RP - Bryan Blanton, Catawba

Player of the Year - Brandon Benson, Georgia College
Pitcher of the Year - Austin Hutchison, Mt. Olive

2017 NCBWA All-Southeast Region

Player of the Year: Brandon Benson, Sr., Georgia College 
Pitcher of the Year: Austin Hutchison, Sr., Mount Olive (N.C.) 
Coach of the Year: Carl Lancaster, Mount Olive (N.C.) 

First-Team 

Starting Pitcher: Joseph Benitez, Sr., USC Aiken
Starting Pitcher: Austin Hutchison, Sr., Mount Olive 
Starting Pitcher: Thomas St. Clair, Sr., Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) 
Relief Pitcher: Zach Mozingo, Sr., Mount Olive (N.C.) 
Catcher: Andrew Webster, Sr., Barton College (N.C.)

First Base: Mason McClellan, Jr., Columbus State (Ga.) 
Second Base: Hunter Merrill, Sr., Mars Hill (N.C.)

Third Base: Chase Allen, So., Limestone College (S.C.) 
Shortstop: Brandon Benson, Sr., Georgia College 
Outfield: Nick Beinlich, Jr., Belmont-Abbey College (N.C.) 
Outfield: Michael Gouge, Sr., North Georgia
Outfield: Luke Setzer, Jr., Catawba College (N.C.) 
Designated Hitter: Zach Mozingo, Sr., Mount Olive (N.C.) 
Utility: Calvin Hawke, Sr., Barton College (N.C.) 

Second-Team 

Starting Pitcher: Caleb Kutsche, Sr., Columbus State (Ga.) 
Starting Pitcher: Daniel McCrary, Jr., North Georgia 
Starting Pitcher: Bruce Zimmerman, Sr., Mount Olive (N.C.) 
Relief Pitcher: Bryan Blanton, Jr., Catawba College (N.C.) 
Catcher: Zach Almond, Jr., Catawba College (N.C.)

First Base: Drew Ellis, Jr., Mount Olive (N.C.)
Second Base: Kyle Smith, Jr., Catawba College (N.C.) 
Third Base: Cal Gentry, Fr., Georgia College 
Shortstop: Connor Hoover, Jr., North Georgia
Outfield: Logan Augustine, Jr., Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) 
Outfield: Mitchell Price, Sr., USC Aiken
Outfield: Mike Warren, Jr., Armstrong State (Ga.)
Designated Hitter: Ryan Patterson, Sr., Armstrong State (Ga.) 
Utility: Colin Rosenbaum, Jr., Belmont-Abbey College (N.C.)