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June 16, 2005

Columbia, S.C. – South Carolina senior first baseman Steve Pearce earned second team All-America honors from Baseball America on Thursday afternoon. Pearce, who was named the NCBWA District IV Player of the Year last week, led the Gamecocks in all three triple crown categories for the second straight year batting .358 with 21 home runs and 63 runs batted in. Pearce also finished the year with a .703 slugging percentage. Pearce was an eighth round draft selection by the Pittsburgh Pirates this season.

In his two year career with Carolina, Pearce compiled 42 home runs as well as 133 runs batted in. Pearce became the first player in school history to reach 40 career home runs in just two seasons and is sixth on the Gamecock Career List. Pearce finished off the 2005 season named to the All-Tournament Team at last week’s NCAA Regional in Atlanta. Pearce was a second team All-SEC selection at first base this year.

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