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Oct. 21, 2009

Columbia, S.C. – It will be a baseball extravaganza this weekend at Carolina Stadium as the Gamecocks close out fall team practice with the Garnet & Black World Series. First pitch for game one is Thursday night at 7:15 p.m. with game two set for Saturday at 12:15 p.m. and Sunday’s finale a 1:30 p.m. start. The team will have the day off on Friday for the Alumni Game that is set for 7 p.m.

Senior right-handed pitcher Jay Brown will manage the Garnet squad while senior catcher Kyle Enders will serve as manager for the Black team. Both players selected their teams. Admission is free of charge to the Garnet & Black World Series and to the Alumni Game.

Starting Pitching Matchups

Garnet – Nolan Belcher (So. LHP)
Black – Blake Cooper (Sr. RHP)

Garnet – Jay Brown (Sr. RHP)
Black – LHP Logan Munson (Jr. LHP)

Garnet – Tyler Webb (Fr. LHP)
Black – Steven Neff (So. LHP)

Garnet Squad (managed by Jay Brown)
Parker Bangs – Jr. RHP/OF
Robert Beary – Jr. OF/C
Nolan Belcher – So. LHP
Jay Brown – Sr. RHP
Ethan Carter – Fr. RHP
Will Casey – Jr. LHP
David de la Chapelle – Jr. RHP
Nick Ebert – Sr. 1B
Bobby Haney – Sr. INF
Evan Marzilli – Fr. OF
Adam Matthews – So. OF
Brandon Miller – So. LHP
Adrian Morales – Jr. INF
Matt Price – So. RHP
Casey Rihn – Sr. INF
Michael Roth – So. OF/LHP
Richard Royal – Jr. C
John Taylor – Jr. RHP
Brady Thomas – Sr. C
Tyler Webb – Fr. LHP

Black Squad (managed by Kyle Enders)
Jackie Bradley Jr. – So. OF
Alex Burrell – So. LHP
Brison Celek – Fr. C
Blake Cooper – Sr. RHP
Kyle Enders – Sr. C
Greg Harrison – Fr. RHP
Al Hentz – Jr. RHP
Colby Holmes – Fr. RHP
Jeffery Jones – Sr. 1B
Anthony Iacomini – Fr. INF
Jose Mata – Jr. RHP
Whit Merrifield – Jr. OF
Logan Munson – Jr. LHP
Curtis Murphy – Jr. INF/OF
Steven Neff – So. LHP/OF
Jordan Propst – Sr. RHP
Jimmy Revan – So. LHP
Patrick Sullivan – So. RHP
Christian Walker – Fr. INF
Jake Williams – Jr. OF
Scott Wingo – Jr. INF

South Carolina owns the longest current streak of NCAA Regional appearances among the 12 SEC schools with 10 straight trips to the tournament dating back to the 2000 season. In that span, Carolina has seven NCAA Super Regional appearances (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007) and three trips to the College World Series (2002, 2003, 2004). South Carolina is one of only seven schools in the nation to make at least seven NCAA Super Regionals in the last 10 years and one of only eight schools in the country to have reached the NCAA Regionals every season in this decade. The program’s 10-year total record of 468-201 is the fourth highest win total among NCAA Division I schools.

South Carolina head coach Ray Tanner is entering his 14th season at the helm with the Gamecocks and his 23rd year as a collegiate head coach. Tanner’s career record is 975-439-3 (.689) with a 580-266 (.686) mark at South Carolina. The .686 winning percentage is third highest in SEC history.