The Peach Belt Conference recently named Flagler College’s Brett Moreland its Baseball Player of the Week. Moreland is a junior outfielder in his first year at the NCAA Division II school located in northeast Florida.
For the 2010 and 2011 baseball seasons, Moreland played at Frederick Community College as a freshman and sophomore outfielder. In 2010, Frederick was able to reach the World Series in its division of the junior college baseball world.
Before his two seasons with Frederick, Moreland had been a catcher with the Jefferson High teams. He graduated from Jefferson in 2009 after being named to a Class AAA first-team All-State squad.
In his first year at Flagler, Moreland went on a hitting tear about 10 days ago that led to him being named the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week.
The Peach Belt is a conference that has six teams in the publication Collegiate Baseball’s Top 30 Division II teams in the country. Of the 12 teams in the Peach Belt, Columbus State, North Georgia, UNC Pembroke, Georgia College, USC Aiken, and Francis Marion were ranked in the Top 30.
For Moreland to be selected as the league’s Player of the Week he had to hit .704 for a seven-day period ending on February 26. He was 12-for-17 with two doubles, a triple, five RBIs, and seven runs scored.
During that week of excellence, he had a .941 slugging average and a .767 on-base percentage.
In a three-game sweep by Flagler over host Georgia Southwestern College, Moreland went 3-for-4 with four runs scored in one game and followed that effort with a 4-for-5 game with two RBIs.
In the four games played during that week, Moreland had at least two hits in each game. All those hits left him eighth in the conference in batting average (.419) and first in triples and second in doubles.
Flagler had improved its overall record to 10-5 and was in first place of the conference’s East Division with a 5-1 Peach Belt record.
The other five teams in the East Division are Lander, UNC Pembroke, USC Aiken, Francis Marion and Armstrong Atlantic State.
The six teams in the West Division are Columbus State, Georgia College, Montevallo, North Georgia, Georgia Southwestern, and Augusta State.
Moreland is the Flagler team leader in batting average, hits, doubles, triples, and runs scored. A game after his .704 week of sizzling, Moreland had his first home run of the 15-game season and went 2-for-4 in a 4-2 win over non-conference rival Florida Tech.
In the summers of 2010 and 2011, Moreland played with the Winchester Royals in the wooden-bat Valley Baseball League. With another year of collegiate eligibility remaining after the 2012 season, Moreland will play this summer for Leesburg (Florida) in the Florida Collegiate Summer League.
The Peach Belt Conference informs the world it is “Home to 30 NCAA Division II national championships” while considering more sports than just baseball.
Flagler has a 44-game regular season schedule and then goes into the Peach Belt Conference tournament in May.
Moreland’s potent bat has been one the reasons Flagler is having its best season in years. The Saints had a losing season in both 2011 and 2010 and were selected by a panel to finish 10th in the 12-team conference for the 2012 season.