Dec. 16, 2009
Columbia, S.C. – South Carolina senior first baseman Nick Ebert earned third-team NCBWA (National Collegiate Baseball Writer’s Association) Preseason All-America honors as announced on Wednesday afternoon. Ebert hit .321 (67-for-209) last year with 23 HR and 72 RBI and was a second-team All-SEC selection in 2009 for the Gamecocks.
EBERT’S 2009 HIGHLIGHTS
2009 – 2-for-5 with two runs scored in 5-4 loss to Vanderbilt at SEC Tournament (5/21) … Incredible 5-for-8 (.625) with four HR and 10 RBI in series sweep of Georgia to earn National Player of the Week honors … 2-for-3 with a solo homer and two RBI in 6-1 win over Georgia (5/16) … 1-for-2 with a two-run homer and two runs scored in 7-4 win over Georgia … 2-for-3 with two HR, including a grand slam and finished with career-high six RBI in 7-2 win over Georgia (5/14) … 6-for-11 series (.545) vs. Vanderbilt, homered in all three games and reached base nine times … 2-for-5 with a homer, two runs scored and two RBI in 11-3 win over Vanderbilt (5/3) … 2-for-2 with a homer and three runs scored and four RBI in 14-5 win over Vanderbilt (5/2) … 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI in 8-5 win over Vanderbilt (5/1) … 1-for-3 with three RBI in 8-3 loss to Florida (4/25) … 1-for-3 with a solo homer in 9-4 loss to Florida (4/24) … 2-for-3 with two doubles and a run scored in 8-3 win over Auburn (4/17) … 4-for-5 with a homer, three runs scored and five RBI in 20-6 win over College of Charleston (4/14) … 2-for-3 with two homers and three RBI in 9-1 win over Arkansas (4/4) … Reached base five times with four walks and a two-run single in 4-2 win at Kentucky (3/29) … Hit grand slam home run in 20-19 win over Kentucky (3/28) … Two-run homer in 14-2 win at College of Charleston (3/24) … 3-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored, reached base five times in 15-0 win at Furman (3/18) … 1-for-2 with a solo home run in 6-0 win vs. Davidson (3/17) … 4-for-5 with a double and run scored in 5-4 win at Mississippi State (3/15) … 2-for-4 with a run scored in 10-3 loss to Mississippi State (3/14) … 1-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored in 16-8 loss to Wofford (3/11) … Three-run homer and three walks in 13-3 win over Old Dominion (3/10) … 1-for-2 with a homer and career-high four RBI in 6-5 win over Presbyterian (3/9) … Hit a solo home run in 10-7 loss to Long Beach State (3/8) … 3-for-3 with a double, home run, two RBI and four runs scored in 15-8 win over Long Beach State (3/6) … 2-for-4 with a double, home run and two RBI in win over Charleston Southern (3/4) … Made first three career appearances in Duquesne series.
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.