Cody and Gouge Earn Preseason All-South Region Honors

| January 27, 2016
source: VStateBlazers.com

source: VStateBlazers.com

VALDOSTA, Ga. – Excitement is building for Valdosta State baseball as the 2016 season quickly approaches, and preseason recognition continues to accumulate for the program, as Michael Gouge and Mitchell Cody were announced as First Team Preseason All-South Region honorees by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association on Tuesday.

Both Cody and Gouge were also named First Team All-GSC last week in recognition of outstanding 2015 campaigns. As a pitcher, Cody maintained a 3.49 ERA en route to a season that included an 8-2 record over the course of 14 starts. The Palm Coast, Fla. native struck out 76 batters in 95.1 innings of work and held opponents to a .238 batting average. His junior season resulted in three complete games and three shutouts.

For Gouge, the senior enters his final year with a career .398 batting average. His junior season represented his best as Blazer, as he posted a .398 batting average while slugging 11 homers and driving in 58 RBI’s over the course of 45 games played. The Snellville, Ga. native also racked up 16 doubles on the season and scored 47 runs.

The Blazers will kick off their 2016 season this weekend at North Georgia with a double header on Saturday in Dahlonega, Ga. The first contest is slated for a noon start, with the second game of the day to follow immediately after. Live coverage of the action can be picked up at www.vstateblazers.com.

Additionally, the Blazers will open up their home schedule on Wednesday, February 3rd against Albany State at 5:00 p.m., and will continue at home on Saturday, February 6th at noon. The February 6th contest will be a special event for Blazer baseball that will also include a BBQ fundraiser in support of Head Coach Greg Guilliams’ wife, Ami, who is currently fighting an intense battle with cancer. A donation of $10 or more at the event will earn each attendee a BBQ plate along with free admission to the game. The event is sponsored by the Valdosta State Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and proceeds will go directly to the Guilliams family.

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