AUGUSTA, GA – The Peach Belt Conference has released the 2011 baseball preseason All-Conference team as selected by the league's head coaches as senior outfielder Chad Sage was selected to the 12-member team as an outfielder.
A second-team Peach Belt All-Conference selection in 2010, Chad Sage hit .325 with 13 home runs, five doubles, and 53 runs batted in last season. A PBC Player of the Week during the 2010 season, Sage recorded 108 total bases for the Saints as he posted a .411 on base percentage. As an outfielder, he had a .962 fielding percentage with 48 putouts and three assists.
As the program's all-time home run leader, Sage recorded double-digit homers for the first time in his career last season with 13, after producing eight during his freshman year and nine more during his sophomore campaign.
Seven schools were represented with UNC Pembroke leading the way with three honorees while USC Aiken, Georgia College and Columbus State have two each. Francis Marion, Georgia Southwestern and North Georgia had one player each make the team. The team size was increased from 11 to 12 due to a tie at outfielder.
Ranked 35th in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Preseason Poll and tabbed to finish 5th in the race for the PBC Regular Season Championship, North Georgia will open the 2011 season in eight days, welcoming Mars Hill to town for a weekend series.
Opening weekend will be followed by back-to-back weekend series against Stillman College and Millersville University with all nine games taking place at Bob Stein Stadium.
Make sure to be in attendance on Tuesday, February 1, as the Chad Sage and head coach Tom Cantrell will join the Saints Broadcast Network for the 2011 Preseason Show live at Caruso's Italian Restaurant in Dahlonega. The show is scheduled to air at 7:00 p.m. at www.SaintsSports.com.
Below is the 2011 Peah Belt Conference Baseball Preseason All-Conference team as voted on by the head coaches from the league's 12 schools. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.
2011 Peach Belt Conference
Baseball Preseason All-Conference Team
1b – Preston Shuey, Francis Marion
2b – Beau Parker, Georgia Southwestern
3b – Nick Aranas, USC Aiken
SS – Stephen Carmon, USC Aiken
C – Richard Pirkle, Georgia College
OF – Ryan Lewis, Columbus State
OF – Kenny Mickens, UNC Pembroke
OF – Chad Sage, North Georgia
OF – Shawn Ward, Georgia College
DH – Keith Whitman, UNC Pembroke
SP – Thomas Campbell, Columbus State
RP – Brian Willis, UNC Pembroke