Wesleyan baseball coach Mike Shaheen only went to two college baseball games in the area last weekend, but that's all it took to see most of his star players from the past few years.
Shaheen went to last Saturday's Georgia Tech-Florida State game, then followed it up with a visit to Georgia for the Bulldogs' game with Vanderbilt.
Wesleyan grads Tony Plagman and Connor Winn play for Tech, while former Wolves James Ramsey and Parker Brunelle play for Florida State. Since Vandy was in town, Shaheen got to see his former ace Grayson Garvin.
Ramsey drew a bases-loaded walk in the Seminoles' three-run ninth inning, aiding an 8-6 victory. Plagman was 1-for-4 and scored two runs in a losing effort.
Garvin pitched Sunday in relief, striking out the only two Bulldog batters he faced in the fifth inning of a 4-3 Georgia win. The left-hander hasn't pitched often as a true freshman, making seven appearances with a 4.91 ERA. He has 17 strikeouts in 11 innings.
"It was a really special weekend," Shaheen said. "On Saturday, I got to see the Tech boys and Florida State boys, and James got the game-changing, bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning. Then on Sunday, we got to go up and see Grayson (Garvin) on Mother's Day. He is my daughter's godfather.
"I was hoping he might get to pitch for Vandy and he was phenomenal, striking out the two guys that he faced. That was glorious. It's great for a small school like ours to have so many college players and it was wonderful to be able to see so many of them like that. It was definitely an exciting time."
Plagman is hitting .348 with 15 homers and 63 RBIs for Tech, while Winn has appeared in 27 games as a true freshman.
FSU's Ramsey, also a true freshman, is hitting .263 with two homers and 10 RBIs. He's appeared in 37 games (eight starts).
Brunelle has played in 30 games with 13 starts, hitting .241 with 10 RBIs.
Wilkerson leads Peach Belt honors
Augusta State's Shannon Wilkerson was named the Peach Belt Conference player of the year, in addition to joining fellow Gwinnett grads Jarrett Coker and Brad Hall on the all-conference teams.
Wilkerson hit a league-best 21 home runs, the fourth-highest total in school history, this season. The Dacula grad hit .434, second-best in the Peach Belt, and led the conference in runs scored, slugging percentage, hits, triples and total bases. His 78 RBIs also ranked second in the league.
He was joined on the first team by Coker, a senior pitcher at Columbus State. The Parkview grad was 4-4 with a 3.70 ERA, striking out 94 batters in 921/3 innings.
North Georgia's Brad Hall (Duluth) and Georgia College's Chandler Snell (South Gwinnett) made the second team. Hall hit .292 with 14 homers and 57 RBIs this season, while Snell hit .307 with 24 RBIs and was 17 of 18 on stolen bases.
Berkmar grads lead title teams
Berkmar grads Cory Pitts and Kyle Cyprysiak have helped their college baseball teams to conference championships this spring.
Pitts, a freshman outfielder, has sparked Berry College to a 42-14 record entering this week's NAIA Regionals. Berry won the Southern States Athletic Conference title behind Pitts, who scored 46 runs and stole 29 bases.
Cyprysiak, a sophomore infielder at Maryville College (Tenn.), helped his team to the Great South Conference title. He hit .244 with nine RBIs after hitting .300 with eight RBIs as a freshman.
Cain makes all-tourney
Valdosta State lost to Southern Arkansas in the Gulf South Conference title game, but Brookwood grad Clayton Cain represented the Blazers on the all-tournament team. Cain, whose team plays this week in the NCAA South Regional, is hitting .367 this season with 11 home runs and 53 RBIs.
Taylor gets Big 12 honors
Peachtree Ridge grad Rhea Taylor helped Missouri to the Big 12 Tournament championship last weekend, earning all-tournament honors. She also was a first-team All-Big 12 selection this season.
The sophomore outfielder ranked in the top five in the Big 12 this season in four categories, including fourth in batting average at .413 (.594 from the leadoff spot). She led the conference with 33 stolen bases in 36 attempts and also had three homers and 15 RBIs.
Emory's Bandy an All-American
Emory senior Kim Bandy, a Duluth grad, was named to the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III All-American Team this week.
Bandy, a second-team selection, hit .401 for the nation's 24th-ranked team. She holds Emory career records for home runs (14), total bases (335) and stolen bases (60). She started 171 of her 172 career games.
McGuire on all-region team
Central Gwinnett grad Courtney McGuire was one of four North Georgia players named to the Daktronics All-Southeast Region Team on Tuesday. McGuire hit .378 with 11 home runs, 45 RBIs and 57 runs scored.
Streetmon named all-conference
Georgia Southern pitcher Brianna Streetmon, a Winder-Barrow grad, was a first-team All-Southern Conference selection as well as the league's pitcher of the year. The sophomore led the conference with 14 wins and a 2.05 ERA.
TRACK AND FIELD
Miller wins last home meet
South Gwinnett grad Ryley Miller, just a few hours after graduating last Saturday morning with a psychology degree, won in his final home track meet, the Georgia Invitational.
The Bulldog senior won the 1,500-meter run with a season-best time of 3 minutes, 52.77 seconds.
Sophomore teammate Tierra Bagby, a Shiloh grad, placed second in the long jump with a season-best effort of 18 feet, 113/4 inches.
Dacula grad Eve Machovec, a freshman, was third in the shot put at 43-7.
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