May 21, 2002
BIRMINGHAM, ALA. – Four members of the No. 2 South Carolina baseball team (44-12, 21-8) were named to the All-SEC team Tuesday morning, including this year’s SEC Player of the Year, Carlina 1B Yaron Peters. Also earning first team All-SEC from South Carolina was junior SS Drew Meyer, senior DH Trey Dyson and senior relief pitcher Blake Taylor. Taylor was a unanimous selection. This is the first selection for three of the four players to an All-SEC team. Meyer was a second team All-SEC choice as a freshman.
In his second season at Carolina, Peters has had one of the best bats in the nation batting .381 and tying for the SEC lead in home runs with 21 and leading the SEC in runs batted in with 79. Peters is just two home runs and nine RBI short of the single-season school records set by Joe Datin in 1985. Twice this year Peters earned SEC Player of the Week.
Senior RHP Blake Taylor is currently leading the nation in saves with 17, including 12 saves against SEC teams. Taylor sports a 5-0 record this year with an SEC-leading 1.64 ERA in 27 appearances. Taylor is two saves shy of the school record set last year by All-American Lee Gronkiewicz.
Senior DH Trey Dyson is batting .274 on the year with 16 home runs and 51 RBI. Dyson is currently third in the SEC with home runs. Dyson has played in all 56 games and also had success off the field this year, earning the SEC Boyd McWhorter Male Scholar Athlete of the Year award.
A preseason All-American selection, Meyer is among the top ten in the SEC in five offensive categories, including first in stolen bases (33) and second in hits (94). Meyer currently is second in batting for USC with a .379 average and also leads SEC shortstops in fielding percentage at .973.
The second ranked Gamecocks will begin SEC Tournament play tomorrow evening at approximately 9 p.m. ET as the first seed taking on the eight-seeded Arkansas Razorbacks.