The University of South Carolina baseball team begins the 2013 season ranked No. 5 in the nation according to the USA Today Coaches’ poll. That’s two spots higher than the preseason ranking USC received earlier this week from Baseball America.
South Carolina finished last season with a 49-20 record – advancing to the finals of the College World Series against the Arizona Wildcats.
After claiming national championships in 2010 (over UCLA) and 2011 (over Florida), the Gamecocks came up just short in their bid for a three-peat in longtime head coach Ray Tanner’s final year at the helm. Tanner is now the school’s athletics director – handing off the reins of the baseball program to Chad Holbrook.
USC opens its 2013 season on February 15 against Liberty College with four preseason All-Americans on its roster – sophomore catcher Grayson Greiner, senior left-handed pitcher Tyler Webb, senior right-handed pitcher Colby Holmes and sophomore left-handed pitcher Jordan Montgomery.
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