Gamecocks make first trip to Baton Rouge since 2008
2004 - Started all 70 games and earned All-America honors from the ABCA, Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA and Sports Weekly ... Also earned first-team All-SEC honors at catcher ... 2004 MLB Draft Selection (1st round/Oakland A's) ... Hit .330 (89-for-270), 66 runs scored, 17 doubles, a triple, 19 homers and 66 RBI ... Named to CWS All-Tournament Team.
2003 - Captain ... Named to NCBWA preseason All-American Team ... First team All Southeastern Conference in 2003 and named MVP and All-Tournament at Atlanta NCAA regional ...One of two switch hitters on the Gamecock squad...All-America candidate... Has played in 141 of 142 games the past two seasons ... Started all 67 games last season ... Batted .339 (83-245) in 2003 with 10 homers, team leading 23 doubles, and drove in 61 runs ... Won the Golden Glove Award as the Gamecocks' top defensive player ... Fielding percentage was .994 ... Caught 11 runners stealing and picked three others off base ... Was a semi-finalist for the Johnny Bench Award ...Was the SEC leader in walks and among SEC leaders in doubles ... Complied a career high six RBI and first two HR game of his career in 14-2 win vs. Georgia ... Coach Ray Tanner calls him the best catcher in college baseball...Named the Outstanding Player of 2003 fall practice ... Drafted in the 25th round in June 2003 by the Chicago Cubs but returned to Carolina for his senior season ... Had better than a 3.0 grade point average both semesters of 2002-03 academic year and named to the Dean's List both semesters.
2002 -- Two varsity letters ... One of three captains for the 2003 season ... The only switch hitter on the USC squad ... All-America candidate ... Won the Iron Man Award for 2002 ... Played in 74 of 75 games and started 73 behind the plate ... Picked four runners off base, threw out 23 attempting to steal and caught a pitching staff that set school strikeout record ... Offensively batted .292 (80-274) with 12 homers, 53 RBI ... Named to CWS All-Tournament Team ... Joined USA National Team the day after CWS and in 30 games under Coach Lelo Prado batted .280 with three homers, 17 RBI ... Was named Team USA's outstanding defensive player ... Coach Ray Tanner calls him the best catcher in college baseball ... In fall intrasquad games batted .340 (17-50) with one homer, 10 RBI.
2001 -- Was rated the number two high school prospect for the 2001 draft by Baseball America but graduated in December, a semester early, and enrolled at Carolina in January of 2001 ... Appeared in 39 games as a Carolina freshman with 21 starts ... Batted .169 (13-77) with three homers, 13 RBI.
HIGH SCHOOL -- Led Apex High School to the North Carolina AAAA championship as a junior in 2000 with a .397 batting average, 14 home runs and 47 RBI ... High school coach was Mike Gleason ... Played freshman and junior seasons but was injured his sophomore year ... Batted .350 with nine home runs, 37 RBI as a freshman ... Played two seasons with the USA National Team and also played American Legion baseball ... Drove in the winning run of the Gold Medal game against Chinese Taipei with USA National Junior Team in 1998 ... Also played football and basketball.
PERSONAL -- Born Landon Reed Powell 3/19/82 ... Parents are Ron and Cathy Powell...Father owns Triangle Express Co... Mother is retired librarian from N. C. State University ... Father attended N.C. State...Has one older brother, Shannon...Made Dean's List his first three semesters at Carolina and named to SEC Academic Honor Roll...Chose Carolina because of the great coaching staff, best fans in the country, and the best conference in the country...Hobbies are reading to kids at Hammond School, collecting DVDs and Play Station 2 ... Favorite food is grandma's macaroni and cheese ... Favorite actress is Julia Roberts ... Favorite actors are Chris Farley and David Spade.