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.