Gamecocks make first trip to Baton Rouge since 2008
2008 - - 2008 MLB Draft Selection (1st round/Texas Rangers) ... 2008 Semifinalist for Golden Spikes Award; presented by USA Baseball ... 2008 Semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy; one of 16 players in the nation ... Earned All-America honors at first base from the ABCA, Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, and the NCBWA ... Earned first team All-SEC honors at first base ... One of only seven players in SEC history to record 60 or more career home runs ... Tallied two home runs and three RBI in 7-5 win over James Madison in NCAA Regional (6/1) ... Hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs in 11-3 win vs. Florida at SEC Tournament (5/22) ... Reached base in all five plate appearances including three hits and three runs scored in 10-8 win over Tennessee (5/17) ... 1-for-2 with a two-run homer and three runs scored in 9-6 win vs. Florida (5/4) ... 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI in 6-5 win vs. Florida (5/3) ... Reached base seven times in one game; went 4-for-4 with three walks, a homer, two RBI and two runs in 11-10 loss at LSU (4/26) ... Tied SC single-game school record for second time with three homers, also had eight RBI in 10-1 win over Wofford (4/23) ... 2-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI in 4-1 win over Ole Miss (4/20) ... 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a run scored and a RBI in 6-2 win over Ole Miss (4/18)... Tied two South Carolina single-game school records with three homers and nine RBI in 14-4 win over USC Upstate (4/15) ... 2-for-4 with a double and run scored in 7-6 win at Auburn (4/13) ... Set South Carolina career record for home runs (49) and went 2-for-5 with two RBI in 7-6 win at Auburn (4/11) ... Tied South Carolina career record for home runs with solo homer in 7-1 win over Clemson (4/9) ... Two-run home run in 9-6 win over Western Carolina (4/8) ... 1-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored in 9-2 win over Davidson (4/2) ... 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI in 10-3 win over Mississippi State (3/23) ... Game-winning home run in 4-1 win over Mississippi State (3/22) ... Two hits including a two-run homer in 10-4 loss at Vanderbilt (3/16) ... Went 3-for-5 with two runs and a RBI in 16-7 win at Vanderbilt (3/15) ... 1-for-3 with a RBI double, two walks and two runs scored in 11-5 win vs. Yale (3/12) ... Tallied three hits including a double and a home run in 5-1 win at Clemson (3/2) ... Hit two-run homer, scored two runs and walked three times in 7-6 win over East Carolina (2/24) ... 3-for-5 with a homer, three runs and three RBI in 22-5 win over East Carolina (2/23/first game).
2007 - A third team All-America selection by Baseball America and a second team All-SEC honoree ... Semi-finalist for the Golden Spikes Award presented by USA Baseball ... Started all 66 games at first base in first season and batted .315 (82-for-260) with 22 HR and 72 RBI along with 16 doubles and 64 runs scored ... 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored in 8-6 win over North Carolina in NCAA Super Regional (6/9) ... 2007 NCAA Columbia (S.C.) Regional MVP and All-Tournament team member ... Went 3-for-4 with a homer and two runs in 12-8 win over Charlotte in NCAA Regional (6/3) ... Multi-homer game with three RBI in 9-1 win over Wofford in NCAA Regional (6/1) ... Homered and scored two runs in 12-3 win over The Citadel (5/9) ... Hit a three-run homer in 8-1 win over Kentucky (5/4) ... 2-for-4 with a home run, double and four RBI in 11-9 win at Ole Miss (4/22) ... Hit a solo home run in 4-2 win over Clemson (4/18) ... 4-for-5 with a homer, double and four RBI in 8-3 win at Mississippi State (3/25) ... 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in 20-3 win at Mississippi State (3/23) ... 3-for-5 with a grand slam homer in 13-5 win over Appalachian State (3/13) ... 7-for-11 series vs. Brown with a pair of homers and 11 RBI (3/9-11) ... Hit a three-run homer in 11-2 win over Brown (3/10) ... Career-high four hits and tied career-high with five RBI and a homer in 13-1 win over Brown (3/9) ... Two-run homer and three hits in 12-0 victory at Clemson (3/3) ... Hit a solo home run in 5-1 win over Eastern Michigan (2/24) ... Played in the summer with the USA Baseball National Team and in the 2007 Pan American Games in Brazil ... Helped lead Team USA to silver medal at Pan Am Games.
2006 - Started all 66 games at first base in first season, batted .303 with 17 homers and 63 RBI as well as 18 doubles ...Earned freshman All-America honors from Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball, also was named to the SEC All-Freshman team ... Went 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI in 8-2 win over Virginia at NCAA Regional, also 2-for-3 with two RBI in 4-2 win over Evansville (6/3) ... Hit his first career grand slam in 8-7 loss to Vanderbilt (5/18) ... 14 of his 17 homers came against SEC teams ... Tied USC single-game record with three doubles in 15-12 win over Furman (5/16) ... SEC Freshman of the Week following his performance against Mississippi State (4/28-30); went 6-for-11 in the series including a multi-homer game in Friday's 11-5 win ... 2-for-4 with a solo homer in 6-3 win over Ole Miss (4/15) ... Collected two hits, a homer and two RBI in 18-4 win at LSU (4/1) ... 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI in 12-2 win over LSU (3/31) ... Went 3-for-3 with two doubles, one homer, four runs scored and five RBI in 12-4 win over Duquesne (2/26) ... Set freshman school records for home runs and RBI ... Impressive defense with a .995 fielding percentage at first base ... Played this past summer and earned All-Star honors and league MVP honors with the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod Baseball League ... Rated the No. 1 best prospect out of the Cape Cod League by Baseball America.