Bradley Jr. & Price Named To Louisville Slugger Preseason All-America Team|
Dec. 17, 2010
By Andrew Kitick
Columbia, S.C. - South Carolina junior outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and sophomore right-handed pitcher Matt Price have been named to the 2011 Louisville Slugger Preseason All-America team by Collegiate Baseball. Similar to the NCBWA team that was released earlier this week, Bradley was a first-team selection with Price earning second-team honors. The Gamecocks begin the 2011 season on Feb. 18, with a three-game series vs. Santa Clara.
Bradley was the 2010 College World Series Most Outstanding Player and the Gamecocks' leading hitter this past season with a .368 batting average (89-for-242) with 13 HR and 60 RBI. He also had a .473 on-base percentage and a .587 slugging percentage for the season. Price went 5-1 out of the bullpen last year with a 2.26 ERA as well as 10 saves. He struck out 83 batters in 55.2 innings, finishing with an average of 13.41 strikeouts per nine innings, a school record at Carolina.
Carolina owns more overall wins than any SEC team in the last 11 years and more conference wins than any SEC team in the last 11 years with a 200-129 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 11 years. The Gamecocks also have the most NCAA Super Regional appearances of the 12 SEC schools in the last 11 years.
Head coach Ray Tanner is the second winningest coach in Southeastern Conference history with a .692 winning percentage in 14 seasons at the helm of the Garnet & Black.