Price, Roth & Walker Earn Preseason All-America Accolades From Perfect Game USA
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Christian Walker

Jan. 27, 2012

Columbia, S.C. - South Carolina senior left-handed pitcher Michael Roth, junior right-handed pitcher Matt Price and junior first baseman Christian Walker all picked up 2012 Perfect Game USA Preseason All-America accolades as announced Friday morning. All three were first-team selections. South Carolina, ranked No. 2 by Collegiate Baseball, the NCBWA and in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll as well as No. 3 by Baseball America, opens the 2012 season on Friday, Feb. 17 hosting a three-game series with VMI at Carolina Stadium.

Roth, a consensus All-American and CollegeBaseballInsider.com's National Player of the Year in 2011, went 14-3 last year while posting a 1.06 ERA in 145.0 innings of work. In his first full year as a starting pitcher, Roth struck out 112 batters and walked 41 to help lead the Gamecocks to their second-consecutive NCAA Division I national championship. Roth also tallied a 1.17 ERA in Southeastern Conference play, the lowest of any starter in the league. His 14 wins tied for fifth most by a Gamecock in a single season. A first-team All-SEC selection, Roth was named to the College World Series All-Tournament Team and was a first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American as well.

Price was also a consensus All-American in 2011 and a finalist for the 2011 NCBWA Stopper of the Year award. He earned first-team All-SEC honors and was on the College World Series All-Tournament Team. One of the nation's top closers in 2011, Price went 7-3 with a 1.83 ERA along with 20 saves in 59.0 innings pitched. A first-team All-SEC selection, opponents hit just .213 against him as he compiled 75 strikeouts. Price is looking to begin the 2012 season in the weekend rotation.

Walker earned third-team All-America honors last year from Baseball America. He was the team's leading hitter in the 2011 season with a .358 average (97-for-271) along with 21 doubles, a triple, 10 homers and 62 RBI. A second-team All-SEC selection, Walker would go on to earn College World Series All-Tournament Team honors after playing the entire CWS Championship Series with a broken hamate bone in his left wrist.

 

 

PRICE BIO
2011 - 2011 MLB Draft Selection (6th round/Arizona Diamondbacks) ... Earned All-America honors from Baseball America, CollegeBaseballInsider.com, NCBWA and PerfectGame ... Finalist for 2011 NCBWA Stopper of the Year award ... First-team All-SEC honors as a relief pitcher ... College World Series All-Tournament Team ... One of the nation's top closers as he finished with a 7-3 record and a 1.83 ERA along with 20 saves in 59.0 innings pitched; opponents hit just .213 against him, he also compiled 75 strikeouts ... 2-0 with two saves in five CWS appearances; hurled nine scoreless innings with eight strikeouts ... 20th save of the season came in 5-2 win over Florida to clinch national championship; 1.1 perfect innings with a strikeout (6/28) ... Earned 19th save of the season with one scoreless inning and a strikeout in 2-1 win in 11 innings vs. Florida in game one of Championship Series at CWS (6/27) ... Earned win with 5.2 scoreless relief innings in 3-2 win over Virginia at CWS; struck out five batters (6/24) ... 0.2 perfect innings to earn win in 5-4 win over Texas A&M at College World Series (6/19) ... Two scoreless innings of relief to earn 18th save of the year with four strikeouts in 8-2 win over Connecticut in NCAA Super Regional (6/12) ...... Save with 2.2 scoreless innings of relief with a pair of strikeouts in 8-2 win over Stetson to clinch NCAA Regional (6/5) ... 1.2 perfect innings of relief with three strikeouts in 2-1 win over Georgia Southern in NCAA Regional (6/3) ... Two scoreless innings of relief with just two hits allowed, two strikeouts and a walk in 4-2 loss to Georgia (5/27) ... Earned 15th save of the year with 1.1 hitless innings of relief with two strikeouts in 3-2 win at Alabama (5/21) ... Earned 14th save of the year with three innings of work in 6-3 win at Alabama (5/20); allowed two runs on five hits with four strikeouts ... Picked up win with 2.1 innings of work allowing two runs on two hits with four strikeouts in 6-5 win over Arkansas (5/14) ... Two scoreless innings of relief with two strikeouts to earn 13th save of the year in 7-3 win over Auburn (5/1) ... One perfect inning of relief with two strikeouts to earn a save in 9-6 win vs. Liberty (4/26) ... 2.1 scoreless innings of relief in 13-4 win over Mississippi State, allowed just two hits and struck out four batters ... Two appearances in two wins vs. No. 1 Vanderbilt with a win and a save; 11 of 13 outs recorded were via strikeout ... Season-high three scoreless innings with just two hits allowed and a season-high seven strikeouts to pick up the win in 5-3 victory vs. Vanderbilt (4/17) ... Struck out all four batters he faced to pick up save in 3-1 win vs. Vanderbilt (4/15) ... 1.1 scoreless innings with two strikeouts to pick up a save in 2-1 win at Tennessee (4/9) ... Struck out lone batter he faced to pick up a save in 2-0 win at Tennessee (4/8) ... 1.1 scoreless innings with just one hit allowed and a strikeout in 4-0 win at Tennessee to pick up a save (4/7) ... Earned victory with two perfect innings of relief and a pair of strikeouts in 4-3 win over Kentucky in 10 innings (4/2) ... Earned seventh save of the year with one scoreless inning of relief in 3-1 win over Kentucky (4/1) ... Picked up sixth save of the year with one perfect inning of relief with a pair of strikeouts in 6-4 win over The Citadel (3/30) ... Picked up second win of the year with 2.1 scoreless innings out of the pen and just one hit allowed with one strikeout in 4-3 win over Florida (3/27) ... Earned fifth save of the year with two scoreless innings with four strikeouts in 8-3 win over Georgia (3/20) ... Picked up first victory of the year with one scoreless inning of relief with two strikeouts in 2-1 win over Georgia (3/19) ... Pitched one scoreless inning of relief with a strikeout in 8-4 win over Wofford (3/16) ... Worked 0.2 perfect innings with a strikeout in 5-2 win over CSU Bakersfield (3/12) ... Earned fourth save with one scoreless inning of relief with a strikeout in 5-4 win over Clemson (3/8) ... Picked up third save of the year with 1.2 perfect innings of relief in 6-3 win vs. Clemson, struck out the side in the top of the ninth as well (3/4) ... One scoreless inning of relief with a strikeout in 14-1 win over Furman (3/1) ... Earned second save of the year with 0.2 perfect innings with one strikeout in 10-6 win over Southern Illinois (2/25) ... Picked up first save of the season with 1.1 hitless innings of relief in 2-1 win over Santa Clara (2/19).

2010 - Freshman All-America selection by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball ... Earned second-team All-SEC honors and named to SEC All-Freshman Team ... Picked up win 2-1 victory over UCLA that clinched the national championship; hurled 2.2 scoreless innings of relief with just one hit and one walk allowed and struck out three batters (6/29) ... Earned victory in 4-3 win over Clemson at College World Series that sent Gamecocks to national championship series (6/26); allowed one run on three hits in 2.1 innings with three strikeouts ... Three no-hit innings of relief in 3-2 win over Oklahoma at the College World Series with five strikeouts (6/24) ... Hurled 1.2 scoreless innings of relief with four strikeouts in 11-4 win over Arizona State at College World Series (6/22) ... One perfect inning of relief to earn a save with a strikeout in 10-9 win over Coastal Carolina in NCAA Super Regional (6/13) ... Two scoreless innings of relief to earn a save in 4-3 win over Coastal Carolina in NCAA Super Regional (6/12) ... Earned a save with 1.2 scoreless innings of relief and two strikeouts in 9-4 win over The Citadel in NCAA Regional (6/5) ... Quality outing out of bullpen despite a loss in 3-1 defeat vs. Auburn at SEC Tournament (5/27); allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits in 3.1 innings with five strikeouts ... Closed out 11-6 win vs. Florida with 2.2 innings of work allowing one run on three hits with three strikeouts and two walks (5/22) ... Earned a save with a perfect 1.1 innings of relief in 5-3 win at Arkansas (5/16) ... Earned a save with 1.1 scoreless innings of relief with a pair of strikeouts in 3-2 win at Arkansas (5/14) ... Picked up a save with 1.1 scoreless innings of relief with three strikeouts in 13-9 win at Kentucky (5/7) ... Key relief performance in 20-15 win over Alabama (5/2); allowed three runs on four hits with four strikeouts in 2.2 innings of work ... 1.1 perfect innings of relief with three strikeouts in 5-4 loss to Ole Miss (4/18) ... 0.1 scoreless inning of relief with a walk and a strikeout in 9-5 win over Ole Miss (4/18) ... Pitched two perfect innings of relief with three strikeouts in 2-0 win at Vanderbilt (4/11) ... Pitched 0.2 perfect innings of relief with a strikeout in 3-2 win at Vanderbilt (4/9) ... Strong relief performance to earn win vs. Mississippi State (4/4); pitched five scoreless innings and allowed just two hits while striking out six batters in 14-2 victory (4/4) ... Hurled a perfect inning of relief and struck out the side in 10-1 win over The Citadel (3/30) ... Pitched 1.1 perfect innings of relief with a pair of strikeouts in 2-0 win at Auburn to earn save (3/27) ... Pitched two perfect innings of relief with three strikeouts and earned first career save in 4-0 win vs. Tennessee (3/21) ... One scoreless inning of relief with two strikeouts in 8-4 win over Brown (3/13) ... Picked up second win of the season with four scoreless innings of relief with just one hit and one walk allowed and a career-high eight strikeouts in 7-3 victory over Valparaiso (3/10) ... Earned win with one inning of relief with two strikeouts and one run allowed on two hits in 7-5 victory over Clemson (3/6) ... Pitched one scoreless inning of relief in 15-0 win over Presbyterian (3/3) .... Hurled one inning of relief and allowed one run on two hits with two strikeouts and a walk in 10-3 win over Duquesne (2/19).

2009 - Missed most of the 2009 season due to fractured right wrist he sustained at The Citadel (3/31) ... Career-high seven scoreless innings of relief with four strikeouts in 2-1 win over Georgia Southern (3/25) ... Two scoreless innings of relief with three strikeouts in 6-0 win vs. Davidson (3/17) ... Three scoreless innings of relief allowing just three hits in 13-3 win vs. Old Dominion (3/10) ... Earned first career win after 2.2 innings of relief, allowed just one run on two hits with three strikeouts in 7-5 victory over Long Beach State (3/7) ... Pitched one inning of scoreless relief with one strikeout in 6-0 win vs. Duquesne (2/23).

ROTH BIO
2011 - Captain ... National Player of the Year by CollegeBaseballInsider.com ... Consensus All-America honors from ABCA, Baseball America, CollegeBaseballInsider.com, Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA, Perfect Game USA ... Earned first-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors ... Semifinalist for Golden Spikes Award presented by USA Baseball ... Earned first-team All-SEC honors ... Quarterfinalist for National Pitcher of the Year by the College Baseball Hall of Fame ... Named to Academic All-District Team ... 2011 MLB Draft Selection (31st round/Cleveland Indians) ... College World Series All-Tournament Team ... Earned NCAA Elite 88 Award with highest grade point average of all student-athletes from eight schools at College World Series ... SEC Academic Honor Roll ... Impressive season with a 14-3 record and a 1.06 ERA in 21 games with 112 strikeouts in 145 innings pitched ... Won 14th game of the season with 7.2 innings and just two runs allowed in five hits as Gamecocks clinched second straight national championship in 5-2 win over Florida at College World Series ... Quality start and no-decision in 3-2 win over Virginia at College World Series (6/24); allowed just on run on four hits with three strikeouts in seven innings ... Quality start in 5-4 win over Texas A&M at College World Series (6/19); did not allow an earned run in 7.1 innings and struck out eight batters ... Allowed one unearned run on six hits in 8.1 innings to pick up 13th win of the season in the 5-1 win over Connecticut in the NCAA Super Regional (6/11) ... NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team ... Allowed one unearned run in seven innings of work and picked up 12th win of the year in 2-1 win over Georgia Southern in NCAA Regional (6/3) ... Named to SEC All-Tournament Team after pitching first complete game of the season and second of his career in 7-3 win over Auburn; allowed three runs, all unearned, on six hits with two strikeouts and two walks ... Posted 10th win of the season in 6-1 win at Ole Miss (5/6); allowed one run on six hits with six strikeouts and a walk ... No-decision in 2-1 win vs. Auburn (4/29); allowed one run on seven hits in eight innings with six strikeouts and one walk ... Two-run pinch-hit single in 9-6 win vs. Liberty (4/26) ... Earned ninth win of the year with 6.1 innings allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits with four strikeouts and three walks in 8-2 win at Mississippi State (4/22) ... SEC Pitcher of the Week as he improved to 8-1 with win vs. Vanderbilt in 3-1 victory (4/15); allowed one run on three hits with eight strikeouts and two walks ... Won seventh game of the year in 4-0 win at Tennessee (4/7); 7.2 scoreless innings with just six hits allowed and four strikeouts ... Improved to 6-1 on the year with eight innings of work against Kentucky; allowed just one run on three hits with six strikeouts and one walk (4/1) ... Strong start to earn win in 9-2 victory at Florida (3/25); worked season-high 8.1 innings and allowed two runs on 10 hits with six strikeouts and two walks (3/25) ... 1-for-2 with a double, run scored and a RBI in 24-4 win over College of Charleston (3/22) ... Quality start despite a loss in 4-2 defeat to Georgia (3/18); allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits with eight strikeouts and two walks in 6.1 innings of work ... Earned fourth win of the season in eight innings allowing just one run, unearned, on five hits and tied career-high with nine strikeouts as Carolina defeated CSU Bakersfield 5-1 (3/11) ... Pinch hit RBI groundout in 10-5 loss at Clemson (3/6) ... Earned third win of the year in 6-3 victory vs. Clemson (3/4); allowed three runs, all unearned, on seven hits in seven innings with six strikeouts and three walks ... Improved to 2-0 with win vs. Southern Illinois in 10-6 victory (2/25); worked 6.2 innings and struck out career-high nine batters, allowed just two runs on four hits ... Starting designated hitter in 6-0 win vs. Santa Clara; recorded first hit of the season (2/20) ... Opening Day starter on the mound, struck out six batters in 5.2 innings of work and earned victory in 12-5 win over Santa Clara (2/18).

2010 - Quality start in 2-1 victory over UCLA in national championship series victory (6/29); allowed one run on six hits with three strikeouts and two walks ... In first start of the season, pitched a complete game and limited Clemson to just one run on three hits with four strikeouts and a walk in 5-1 victory at College World Series (6/25) ... Picked up first win of the season and retired all 10 batters he faced with 3.1 perfect innings and career-high five strikeouts in 9-5 win over Bucknell in NCAA Regional (6/4) ... Retired lone batter he faced in 3-1 loss to Auburn at SEC Tournament (5/27) ... 1.1 scoreless innings of relief with two strikeouts in 3-0 loss to Ole Miss at SEC Tournament (5/26) ... One scoreless inning of relief with a strikeout in 5-2 loss to Florida (5/21) ... One perfect inning of relief with a strikeout in 3-2 loss to Florida (5/21) ... Struck out lone batter he faced in 5-3 win at Arkansas (5/16) ... Struck out lone batter he faced in 3-2 win at Arkansas (5/14) ... One scoreless inning of relief in 13-9 win at Kentucky (5/7) ... Retired lone batter he faced in 20-15 win over Alabama (5/2) ... Retired lone batter he faced in 9-7 win over Alabama (4/30) ... Struck out the lone batter he faced in 4-2 win over USC Upstate (4/20) ... 0.2 scoreless inning of relief in 2-0 win at Vanderbilt (4/11) ... 0.1 scoreless inning of relief in 3-2 win at Vanderbilt (4/9) ... Picked up save with a perfect 1.2 innings of relief in 6-3 win over College of Charleston (4/7) ... Made first start at designated hitter and hit a solo home run in 10-1 win over The Citadel (3/30) ... 0.2 scoreless innings of relief in 2-0 win at Auburn (3/27) ... 0.1 scoreless inning of relief in 8-5 win at Georgia Southern (3/23) ... 0.1 inning of relief with a strikeout in 4-0 win over Tennessee (3/21) ... 0.2 perfect innings of relief with a pair of strikeouts in 4-2 win over Tennessee (3/19) ... Pitched one scoreless inning of relief with a pair of strikeouts in 8-3 win over Davidson (3/17) ... Tallied save recording final out in 10-7 win over Brown (3/13) ... Earned first career save recording final out in 7-5 win vs. Clemson (3/6) ... Pitched 1.2 innings of relief allowing one run on hit in 4-3 loss at East Carolina (2/27) ... 0.2 scoreless innings of relief in 6-2 win at East Carolina (2/26) ... 0.1 perfect inning of relief in 5-3 win over Duquesne (2/21), also scored a run in one plate appearance. ... 0.1 perfect inning of relief with a strikeout in 13-3 win over Duquesne (2/20).

2009 - Pitched two innings of relief at SEC Tournament vs. Vanderbilt; allowed one run, unearned, on two hits with a strikeout and a walk ... Four scoreless innings of relief with just two hits allowed in 9-5 loss to Florida (4/26) ... 0.2 scoreless innings of relief with one strikeout in 12-2 loss to Clemson (4/22) ... 1.1 scoreless innings of relief in 14-6 win at USC Upstate (4/21) ... 1.1 scoreless innings of relief with two strikeouts in 6-4 loss to Auburn (4/18) ... Second career start vs. College of Charleston (4/14), allowed six runs, five earned, on nine hits in 4.1 innings of work ... 3.0 innings of relief, allowed just one run, unearned, on one hit with three strikeouts and four walks in 7-6 win over Clemson (4/7) ... 2.2 scoreless innings of relief with three strikeouts in 6-4 loss to Arkansas (4/3) ... One scoreless inning of relief with a strikeout in 10-0 win vs. Furman (4/1) ... First career start vs. Georgia Southern, allowed one run on three hits in two innings with three strikeouts (3/25 ) ... One perfect inning of relief with two strikeouts in 11-3 loss to LSU (3/22) ... Three no-hit innings of relief to pick up first win in 6-5 victory over Presbyterian (3/9) ... Pinch-hit RBI double in 15-8 win over Long Beach State (3/6) ... First career appearance on the mound vs. Charleston Southern (3/4), pitched one inning and allowed one run on two hits ... Pinch-hit single and a RBI in first career at-bat in 13-0 win over Duquesne (2/21).

WALKER BIO
2011 - Named to USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team, could not participate due to broken hamate bone ... Earned third-team All-America honors from Baseball America ... Earned second-team All-SEC honors at first base and also named to SEC All-Defensive Team ... College World Series All-Tournament Team ... College World Series All-Tournament Team ... Played entire CWS Championship Series with a broken hamate bone in left wrist ... 2-for-4 in 5-2 win over Florida as Gamecocks clinched national championship at College World Series (6/28) ... 2-for-5 and scored winning run in 2-1 win over Florida in game one of championship series at College World Series (6/27) ... 2-for-5 with two RBI in 7-1 win over Virginia at College World Series (6/21) ... Team's leading hitter, started all 69 games with a .358 batting average (97-for-271), 21 doubles, a triple, 10 homers and 62 RBI; had a .554 slugging percentage ... Key solo home run in eighth inning to break 2-2 tie as South Carolina defeated Connecticut 8-2 in NCAA Super Regional (6/12) ... Named to NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team ... 3-for4- with a run scored in 8-2 win over Stetson in NCAA Regional (6/5) ... 2-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored in 11-5 win over Stetson in NCAA Regional (6/4) ... 3-for-4 with a run scored in 7-2 loss to Vanderbilt (5/26) ... 1-for-3 with run scored and RBI in 3-2 win at Alabama (5/21) ... 1-for-4 with three RBI in 6-3 win at Alabama (5/20) ... Two-run single in 11-1 win over Charleston Southern (5/11) ... 4-for-5 with a RBI and two runs scored in 9-3 win at Wofford (5/4) ... 2-for-5 with a RBI in 7-3 win over Auburn (5/1) ... 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored in 9-6 win over Liberty (4/26) ... SEC Player of the Week after going 10-for-11 (.909) with four RBI and six runs scored in series at Mississippi State ... 4-for-4 with a two-run homer, four RBI and three runs scored in 13-4 win at Mississippi State (4/24) ... 2-for-2 in 5-3 loss at Mississippi State (4/23) ... 4-for-5 with two runs scored in 8-2 win at Mississippi State (4/22) ... Game-winning RBI single in 2-1 win at Tennessee (4/9) ... Game-winning two-run homer in 2-0 win at Tennessee (4/8) ... Career-high five hits, was 5-for-6 with career-high four runs, five RBI and a grand slam in 18-2 win over USC Upstate (4/5) ...1-for-4 with two RBI in 4-1 win over Kentucky (4/3) ... 2-for-4 with a homer, double and four RBI in the 6-4 win over The Citadel (3/30) ... 1-for-4 with two RBI in the 9-2 win at Florida (3/25) ... 2-for-4 and tied career-high with three runs scored in 17-8 win over Rhode Island (3/23) ... Game-tying RBI double in the eighth inning of the 2-1 win over Georgia (3/19) ... 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored in 8-3 loss to CSU Bakersfield (3/13) ... Key RBI single in 5-4 win over Clemson (3/8) ... 2-for-4 with a solo home run in 10-5 loss at Clemson (3/6) ... 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and two runs scored in 6-3 win over Clemson (3/4) ... 2-for-3 with a homer, three runs scored and four RBI in 14-1 win over Furman (3/1) ... Continued hot start with a good series vs. Southern Illinois hitting .545 (6-for-11) with four runs scored and a pair of RBI ... 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI and two doubles in 9-4 win over Southern Illinois (2/27) ... 2-for-4 with two runs scored in 10-6 win over Southern Illinois (2/25) ... Strong series vs. Santa Clara batting .500 (6-for-12) with a homer and a team-high six RBI ... 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI in 6-0 win over Santa Clara (2/20) ... Homered and went 2-for-4 with three RBI in 12-5 win over Santa Clara (2/18).

2010 - Freshman All-America selection by Baseball America ... Named to College World Series All-Tournament Team ... Named to SEC All-Freshman Team ... 2-for-4 in 2-1 win over UCLA in national championship series victory at College World Series (6/29) ... 2-for-5 with a run scored in 2-1 win over UCLA in national championship series at the College World Series (6/28) ... 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in 4-3 win over Clemson at the College World Series (6/26) ... 3-for-5 with a RBI in 3-2 win over Oklahoma at the College World Series (6/24) ... 2-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored in 4-3 loss to Oklahoma at the College World Series (6/20) ... Game-winning three-run homer in 10-9 win over Coastal Carolina in NCAA Super Regional (6/13) ... 2-for-5 with a two-run single in 4-3 win over Coastal Carolina in NCAA Super Regional (6/12) ... 3-for-5 with a RBI and a run scored in 10-2 win over Virginia Tech in NCAA Regional (6/6) ... 2-for-4 in 3-0 loss to Ole Miss at SEC Tournament (5/26) ... 2-for-5 with a triple in 11-6 win over Florida (5/22) ... 2-for-3 with a solo homer in 10-2 win over Charleston Southern (5/12) ... 4-for-6 with three runs scored, four RBI and tied school single-game record with three doubles in 13-9 win at Kentucky (5/7) ... 3-for-4 with a homer, two runs scored and three RBI in 14-6 win over Winthrop (5/5) ... 2-for-5 with a double and three runs scored in 20-15 win over Alabama (5/2) ... Hit a two-run homer and was 3-for-4 with two runs scored in 6-4 loss to Alabama (5/1) ... 3-for-5 with a RBI and two runs scored in 8-7 win over Georgia (4/25) ... Hit a grand slam homer in 9-5 win over Ole Miss (4/17) ... Game-winning two-run triple in the seventh inning of the 10-7 win over Tennessee (3/20) ... 1-for-4 with two RBI in 15-0 win at Furman (3/16) ... 2-for-2 after coming off the bench in 6-5 win over Brown (3/14) ... 2-for-5 with a double, run scored and two RBI in 15-0 win over Presbyterian (3/3) .... 8-for-14 (.571) in Duquesne series with a double, two homers, five runs scored and seven RBI ... 2-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI in 5-3 win over Duquesne (2/21) ... 4-for-5 with a double, home run, three runs scored and five RBI in 13-3 win over Duquesne (2/20) ... 2-for-5 with a homer in 10-3 win over Duquesne (2/19).

South Carolina is the back-to-back defending national champion in NCAA Division I Baseball after winning consecutive titles at the 2010 and 2011 College World Series. South Carolina has 10 College World Series appearances including five in the last 10 years under head coach Ray Tanner. Under Tanner's leadership, South Carolina owns the third highest win total in the nation in the last 12 years with a 577-231 record. South Carolina is one of eight schools to appear in the NCAA Regional every season in the last 12 years including nine NCAA Super Regional appearances in that span, one of only five schools to accomplish the feat.

Carolina owns more overall wins than any SEC team in the last 12 years and more conference wins than any SEC team in the last 12 years with a 222-137 conference record. South Carolina is the only SEC school to record 40 or more wins each season from 2000-present and the only SEC school to reach the NCAA Regional every season in the last 12 years. The Gamecocks also have the most NCAA Super Regional appearances of the 12 SEC schools in the last 12 years.

Head coach Ray Tanner is the second winningest coach in Southeastern Conference history with a .699 winning percentage in 15 seasons at the helm of the Garnet & Black.