Gamecocks enter with 16-0 record; Ole Miss brings in a 16-2 record
South Carolina National Guard Band to Perform National Anthem
Team receive National Championship and Southeastern Conference Championship rings
Former Gamecock infielder Adrian Morales returns to Columbia to serve as student assistant coach for the 2013-14 season.
"We are ecstatic to welcome back Adrian and to have Tyson here as part of our staff," said head coach Chad Holbrook. "Adrian was a very special player for us and part of two national championship teams. Not only was he a special player, but a great leader and winner as well. He is going to be a terrific coach."
Morales played in 136 games with 127 starts in a two-year career with the Garnet & Black and was a member of the 2010 and 2011 national championship teams. Morales returns to Columbia after playing for the Kansas City Royals organization for the past two and a half seasons. He will be working toward completion of his degree in criminal justice.
2011 - 2011 MLB Draft Selection (49th round/Kansas City Royals) ... Started 68 games and hit .281 (70-for-249) with 44 runs scored, 16 doubles, three homers and 40 RBI ... 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a RBI in 7-1 win over Virginia in College World Series (6/21) ... 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in 8-2 win over Connecticut in NCAA Super Regional (6/12) ... NCAA Columbia Regional All-Tournament Team ... Game-winning RBI single in 2-1 win over Georgia Southern in NCAA Regional (6/3) ... 2-for-3 in 4-2 loss to Georgia (5/27) ... Key RBI single in 3-2 win at Alabama (5/21) ... 2-for-3 with two RBI in 9-5 win over UNC Asheville (5/17) ... 2-for-4 with two runs scored in 11-1 win over Charleston Southern (5/11) ... 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored in 7-6 loss at Ole Miss (5/8) ... 2-for-5 with a run scored in 6-1 win at Ole Miss (5/6) ... 3-for-5 with a RBI and a run scored in 7-3 win over Auburn (5/1) ... A pair of sacrifice flies in 10-2 win vs. Auburn (4/30) ... 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI in 9-6 win vs. Liberty (4/26) ... Two-run single in 8-3 win over College of Charleston (4/19) ... 2-for-3 with two runs scored, a double and a RBI in 18-2 win over USC Upstate (4/5) ... Tied South Carolina single-game record with three doubles in a game, was 3-for-3, reached base five times and scored two runs in 4-3 win over Kentucky (4/2) ... 1-for-3 with two RBI including game-winning RBI on a walk in 4-3 win at Florida (3/7) ... 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, three runs scored and a pair of RBI in 17-8 win over Rhode Island (3/23) ... 3-for-3 with career-high four runs scored in 24-4 win over College of Charleston (3/22) ... 3-for-4 with game-winning run scored in 2-1 win over Georgia (3/19) ... 2-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored in 4-2 loss to Georgia (3/18) ... 3-for-3 with three runs scored and a home run in 8-4 win over Wofford (3/16) ... 2-for-4 with a RBI single in 4-2 loss to Furman (3/15) ... 2-for-4 with a RBI single in 8-3 loss to CSU Bakersfield (3/13) ... 2-for-3 with a run scored in 5-4 win over Clemson (3/8) ... Hit .400 (4-for-10) in the Southern Illinois series with a homer and six RBI ... 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI and a homer in 9-4 win over Southern Illinois (2/27) ... Hit .429 (3-for-7) in Santa Clara series with a pair of RBI, was also hit by pitch three times and finished with a .583 on-base percentage ... Scored a run and game-winning RBI sacrifice fly in 2-1 win over Santa Clara (2/19).
2010 - 1-for-5 with two runs scored in 7-1 win over UCLA in national championship series at the College World Series (6/28) ... 2-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in 11-4 win over Arizona State (6/22) at the College World Series ... 1-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in 10-9 win over Coastal Carolina (6/13) ... NCAA Regional MVP and named to All-Tournament Team ... Homered in all three NCAA Regional games ... 3-for-4 with a homer, two runs scored and three RBI in 9-4 win over The Citadel (6/5) in NCAA Regional ... 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored in 9-5 win over Bucknell (6/4) in NCAA Regional ... Tallied a solo home run in 5-3 win at Arkansas (5/16) ... 2-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored in 17-4 win over Wofford (5/11) ... 2-for-3 in 9-3 loss at Kentucky (5/9) ... 1-for-4 with a two-run double in 13-9 win at Kentucky (5/7) ... Kept up his strong conference season with a good series vs. Alabama batting .400 (6-for-15) vs. the Crimson Tide ... Career-high in hits with 4-for-6 day at the plate with two runs scored and three RBI in 20-15 win over Alabama (5/2) ... 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles and a run scored in 9-7 win over Alabama (4/30) ... Strong series at Georgia batting .545 (6-for-11) with a pair of homers, five runs scored and six RBI ... Drove in three runs and homered in 8-7 win at Georgia (4/25) ... 2-for-2 with a homer, two runs scored and two RBI in 5-0 win at Georgia (4/25) .... 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a RBI in 11-4 win at Georgia (4/23) ... RBI sacrifice fly in 4-2 win over USC Upstate (4/20) ... Career-high three hits with a double, two runs scored and two RBI in 9-5 win over Ole Miss (4/17) ... Key two-out three-run double in 5-0 win vs. Ole Miss (4/16) ... 1-for-2 with a RBI single and a run scored in 10-4 win at The Citadel (4/14) ... Key two-out RBI double in ninth inning of a 2-0 win at Vanderbilt (4/11) ... 2-for-4 with a double, homer, three RBI and three runs scored in 14-2 win over Mississippi State (4/4) ... 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and two runs scored in 4-2 win over Tennessee (3/19) ... 2-for-6 with a double, run scored and two RBI in 15-0 win at Furman (3/16) ... 2-for-5 with a RBI and a run scored in 10-7 win over Brown (3/13) ... 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and three RBI in 12-4 win over Valparaiso (3/9) ... Hit safely in all three games vs. Clemson with a pair of RBI and three runs scored ... 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored in 15-0 win vs. Presbyterian (3/3) ... Two-out RBI single in 4-3 loss at East Carolina (2/27) ... Sacrifice fly RBI in 5-3 win vs. Duquesne (2/21).
JUNIOR COLLEGE - 2009 MLB Draft Selection (45th round/Houston Astros) ... 2009 All-Southern Conference second team ... Batted .401 with seven home runs and 17 stolen bases as a freshman at Miami-Dade CC in 2008 ... 2008 NJCAA All-Gulf District.
PERSONAL - Born on 11/18/88 ... Parents are Gilberto and Mayra Morales ... Has three brothers, Gilbert, Jean and Christopher.