Gene Cone Named 2014 Coastal Plain League Hitter Of The Year
Aug. 28, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina sophomore outfielder Gene Cone has been named 2014 Coastal Plain League Hitter of the Year, as voted on by the CPL head coaches. Cone hit a league-best .385 (62-for-161) for the Florence RedWolves during the regular season in 43 starts with 18 doubles, a pair of triples, 25 RBI and 40 runs scored.
An All-Star selection as well during the summer season, Cone collected a .468 on-base percentage with 26 walks to 17 strikeouts. Cone continued to swing a hot bat during the playoffs to help lead the RedWolves to the CPL Petit Cup Championship Series. He hit .314 in eight playoff games.
South Carolina won the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship in 2010 and 2011 at the College World Series. South Carolina has 11 College World Series appearances, including six in the last 13 years. The Gamecocks own the second-highest win total in the nation in the last 15 years (2000 to the present) with a 713-289 record. South Carolina is one of five schools to appear in the NCAA Regional every season in the last 15 years, including 11 NCAA Super Regional appearances in that span, one of only two schools to accomplish the feat.