GC’s Mattix, CSU’s Barry Awarded ABCA/Rawlings Gold Gloves

GC’s Mattix, CSU’s Barry Awarded ABCA/Rawlings Gold Gloves

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Georgia College's Logan Mattix and Columbus State's Grant Berry were two of the nine Division II baseball players named to the ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove team, earning the nation's top defensive honor. 

Mattix becomes just the second Gold Glover in the lengthy history of GC Baseball, joining second baseman Dylan Cook (2015-16) from 2015.

The junior centerfielder did not commit a single error in 146 total chances this season.

Mattix's last error came Feb. 27, 2016 against then-No. 8 USC Aiken. He has gone 87 games since without committing an error, a stretch of 265 total chances.

The 2017 season was another great one for Georgia College, a 35-15 campaign highlighted by winning the 2017 PBC Tournament after going 16-8 in league play. The Bobcats were an offensive juggernaut, leading the country in batting average and runs per contest. GC Baseball put six on the All-PBC Teams, with Brandon Benson being named the PBC and Southeast Region Player of the Year. Benson and Cal Gentry were both been named All-Americans and were joined by Mattix on the All-Region teams as well.

Berry is the first Cougar to be named to the Gold Glove Team since Blake Edwards in 2014.
 
The sophomore started 49 of 50 games at second base for the Cougars this season. Berry committed just three errors in 237 total chances. His .987 fielding percentage helped the Cougars finish in the top 10 in the country in that category.
 
Columbus State also led all of Division II in double plays per game, turning 61 as a team, of which Berry had a hand in 45.

The ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Awards are selected by ABCA coaches committees at each level: NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA Divisions I, II and III, Pacific Association Division, and High School.

The ABCA/Rawlings Award Program is one of the most comprehensive in all of sports, awarding All-America Teams and Gold Glove Teams in nine divisions of amateur baseball as well as All-Region Teams in five divisions.

The ABCA/Rawlings All-America teams date back to 1949 starting with one collegiate All-America Team. Other divisions subsequently added until the current total of nine was reached. The first ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove teams were recognized in 2007, making this the 11th year the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards have been presented in the collegiate and high school ranks.

See the complete teams here.