Aug. 4, 2010
Columbia, S.C. – South Carolina rising senior Robert Beary and the Leesburg Lightning will be playing the championship game of the Florida Collegiate Summer League on Thursday, Aug. 5 at Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays. The Lightning will face off against the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs with first pitch scheduled for 5 p.m. Beary has had a tremendous summer with Leesburg as he leads the team with a .410 batting average (25-for-61) with four doubles, six RBI and 16 runs scored.
Beary was a versatile option for head coach Ray Tanner in the 2010 season for the Gamecocks. Beary saw time in left field and right field as well as a pinch runner on several occasions. A junior college transfer, he saw action in 44 games with 22 starts and finished with a .276 batting average (27-for-98). Beary homered once and drove in 14 runs as well with 18 runs scored.
South Carolina is the defending national champion in college baseball after winning the title at the 2010 College World Series. South Carolina has nine College World Series appearances including four in the last 11 years under head coach Ray Tanner. Under Tanner’s leadership South Carolina owns the fourth highest win total in the last 11 years in the nation with a 522-217 record. South Carolina is one of eight schools to appear in the NCAA Regional every season in the last 11 years including eight NCAA Super Regional appearances in that span, one of only six schools to accomplish the feat.
Carolina owns more overall wins than any SEC team in the last 11 years and more conference wins than any SEC team in the last 11 years with a 200-129 conference record. South Carolina is the only SEC school to record 40 or more wins each season from 2000-present and the only SEC school to reach the NCAA Regional every season in the last 11 years. The Gamecocks also have the most NCAA Super Regional appearances of the 12 SEC schools in the last 11 years.
Head coach Ray Tanner is the second winningest coach in Southeastern Conference history with a .692 winning percentage in 14 seasons at the helm of the Garnet & Black.