Baseball team wins first CAA championship

Following a competitive regular season, the Georgia State baseball team earned it’s first-ever CAA Championship this year, which paved the way for the team’s first trip to the NCAA Regionals in school history.

The Panthers swept through the CAA Championship in four games this year, tying a Georgia State record for consecutive wins (eight wins). This earned the Panthers a place in the NCAA Regionals, where Georgia State played against Georgia Tech and Elon University.

Prior to the start of the CAA tournament at the University of North Carolina – Wilmington, a record-tying five Panthers earned All-CAA honors. Derek Simmons became the first player in Georgia State history to earn first team honors on two occasions. Marc Mimeault and Ryan Moore each earned second team honors, while Aidan Francis and Brandon Williams were each named to the third team. Francis also earned all-rookie honors. It marked the second year in a row that five members of the team were honored.

Following the fourth game of the series, Bradley Logan earned honors for CAA Most Outstanding Performer and All-Tournament Team honors. Mimeault, Moore, Michael McCree and Justin Malone were also named to the team.

Upon returning from UNC Wilmington, the Panthers learned of their matchups for the NCAA Atlanta Regionals: Georgia Tech, Elon, and the University of Southern Mississippi, all played live on ESPN.

Unfortunately, the Panthers were defeated by both Georgia Tech (9-3) and Elon (4-3) during the Regionals.

Georgia State wrapped up the 2009 campaign with a 39-22 overall mark and a 12-9 record in the Colonial Athletic Association. State saw 11 seniors finish their careers as some of the most decorated baseball student-athletes the university has ever seen.

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Additional information and commentary provided by Mike Holmes and the Georgia State Sports Communications Office. For more on the Panthers’ overall season, please visit www.georgiastatesports.com.

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