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Nov. 10, 2011

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November 10, 2011
First Look: Championship Rings

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina held its 2011 Baseball Banquet on Thursday evening at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The team received their 2011 National Championship rings as well as the 2011 Southeastern Conference Championship rings. Awards were also presented along with a highlight video from the 2011 season. President Dr. Harris Pastides, Athletics Director Eric Hyman and Head Coach Ray Tanner were among the speakers at Thursday’s event.

Strength & Conditioning Award (position player) – Evan Marzilli
Strength & Conditioning Award (pitcher) – Michael Roth
Fighting Gamecock Award – Steven Neff and Jackie Bradley Jr.
Kip Bouknight Award (best first-year pitcher) – Forrest Koumas
Tom Price Award (improvement, dedication work ethic) – Evan Marzilli
Golden Glove Award – Scott Wingo
Sarge Frye Award (class and integrity on and off the field) – Brady Thomas
Fred Brinkman Inspirational Award – Adrian Morales
Home Run Leader – Christian Walker
Rookie of the Year – Peter Mooney
Best Reliever Award – John Taylor
Taylor McEntire Most Valuable Player – Christian Walker
Taylor McEntire Most Valuable Player – Matt Price
Most Outstanding Pitcher – Michael Roth
College World Series Most Outstanding Player – Scott Wingo
Position Player of the Fall – Adam Matthews
Pitcher of the Fall – Adam Westmoreland

South Carolina is the back-to-back defending national champion in NCAA Division I Baseball after winning consecutive titles at the 2010 and 2011 College World Series. South Carolina has 10 College World Series appearances including five in the last 10 years under head coach Ray Tanner. Under Tanner’s leadership, South Carolina owns the fourth highest win total in the nation in the last 12 years with a 577-231 record. South Carolina is one of eight schools to appear in the NCAA Regional every season in the last 12 years including nine NCAA Super Regional appearances in that span, one of only five schools to accomplish the feat.

Carolina owns more overall wins than any SEC team in the last 12 years and more conference wins than any SEC team in the last 12 years with a 222-137 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 12 years. The Gamecocks also have the most NCAA Super Regional appearances of the 12 SEC schools in the last 12 years.

Head coach Ray Tanner is the second winningest coach in Southeastern Conference history with a .699 winning percentage in 15 seasons at the helm of the Garnet & Black.