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May 15, 2007

Columbia, S.C. – Former South Carolina baseball player Marcus McBeth has been called up to the Major Leagues by the Cincinnati Reds and will be on the roster beginning Tuesday night when the Reds take on the San Diego Padres. First pitch is at 10:05 pm ET. McBeth, who was traded to the Reds organization from the Oakland Athletics on April 25th, went 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in 16 appearances with Triple-A Sacramento and Louisville. The right-hander had nine saves in 10 chances.

McBeth lettered at Carolina as an outfielder from 1999-2001. He was a .280 hitter in his junior season and had 27 career home runs including 17 in the 2001 campaign before being drafted in the fourth round of the MLB draft by Oakland. He also earned second team All-SEC honors. McBeth was known for his tremendous arm from the outfield, where he totaled 11 assists between the 2000 and 2001 season.

McBeth joins former Gamecock Jon Coutlangus (2002-03) on the Reds roster and is the fourth current player in Major League Baseball that played at South Carolina along with shortstop Adam Everett (Houston Astros) and second baseman Brian Roberts (Baltimore Orioles).