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  1. Collyn Taylor • GamecockCentral.com SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS BASEBALL Just a few days after Baseball American released it's top 500 prospects list that included 10 current or future Gamecocks, PerfectGame finished its latest rankings of draft prospects with a handful of players with South Carolina ties making the list. See Full story: https://southcarolina.rivals.com/news/gamecocks-land-two-players-seven-signees-on-draft-board
  2. 2021 C/INF Talmadge LeCroy committed to USC May 16, 2019 2021 C/INF Talmadge LeCroy of Belton Honea-Path committed to USC.
  3. ‘It just flipped’: In-state Gamecock baseball commit puts up gaudy home run numbers May 03, 2019, | THE STATE After a rough preseason, Cole Messina wasn’t sure what was in store for his sophomore year. But the Summerville High catcher turned things around and put together one of the best power numbers in school history. Messina, a South Carolina baseball commit, leads the state with 11 homers (believed to be a school record) to go along with his .406 average and .792 slugging percentage. He also has swiped 11 bases while batting leadoff for the Green Wave. Messina hit just one homer during his freshman year. He hit his 11th homer of the year Monday as the Green Wave won twice in defeating Chapin for the Class 5A District V championship. Summerville began the Lower State tournament Thursday with a 12-7 win over St. James. “Preseason I had only two hits and it just flipped,” Messina last month. “It has been great ever since. I credit my dad, Randy Carlson at ECBA and coach Osterman my hitting coach. They have been working with me non-stop 24-7, seeing what I needed to get better at. It has been a great season and I’m very blessed in the stats I am putting up. I just got to keep helping my team as much as I can.” Messina said he was lunging at the ball early in the season but kept working on that with a variety of drills. Summerville coach Bo Charpia credits Messina’s big power season on him being able to hit breaking pitches. “Cole understands that there are parts of his game, both offensively and defensively, that need improving, but is one of those kids that loves to work and is always taking extra reps,” Charpia said. “He certainly has a bright future.” And it is a future that involves playing for South Carolina down the road, which Messina calls his ‘dream school. He committed to the Gamecocks in July, just a few hours after being offered by USC coach Mark Kingston. “Playing baseball for Carolina has always been a dream of mine and I want to stay close enough to home that my family can still be a part of my career,” Messina said after his commitment. “I really like the coaching staff and they’ve made me feel like I can really contribute to the program.” Messina hopes to contribute not only with his bat but his defense behind the plate. After playing third base last season, he has been full-time catcher this season and made just two errors in 181 innings. But Messina thinks there is another quality besides defense that helps him behind the plate. “Personally, I don’t think I am the best behind the plate defensively,” he said. “But my leadership and being able to handle things keeps me going.”
  4. Owasso, OK - Collinsville graduate and Cowley County C.C. pitcher Brannon Jordan announced on Nov. 9, 2018 he had committed to play baseball for the Gamecocks. The 6-2, 195 RHP pitcher - a member of the 2019 class (for the 2020 season), Jordan was continuing down a well-worn path from Owasso to Columbia, SC that already held the footprints of past Cardinal standouts Jonah Bride and Braden Webb, past Gamecocks who are playing their trade in the MLB minor leagues. Jordan would take a side-road via the Junior College ranks at Cowley County Community College, but he has made a very notable mark on the JC records on Saturday April 27th, as he threw a 7-inning no-hitter against the NJCAA 12th-ranked team Johnson County. Jordan threw 7 strikeouts with 3 walks, in the 7-inning shortened game due to it being the first of a double-header played on Saturday. Jordan's Cowley County C.C. Tigers won 2-0. Jordan stands currently with the top ERA for a starting pitcher for Cowley County C.C., of 2.48, with a record of 4-2 in 9 starts, 32.2 IP, with 47 Ks and 11 BBs. For Brannon's efforts, he earned the NJCAA DI Pitcher of the Week honors: Congrats Brannon! Looks like help is on it's way for the Baseball program!
  5. ByJOHN WHITTLE Apr 22, 12:20 PM Class of 2019 South Carolina baseball pitcher Will McGregor (Anderson/T.L. Hanna) hasn’t suffered a loss on the mound this season, and that streak extends into the playoffs, which begin this week. FULL STORY: https://247sports.com/college/south-carolina/Article/South-Carolina-Gamecocks-baseball-recruiting-Will-McGregor-senior-year-131416537/
  6. Local South Carolina baseball commit has lived up to billing at A.C. Flora April 23, 2019 Jack Reynolds committed to South Carolina months before his first varsity baseball game and has backed that up with a strong freshman season. The first-year player leads the Falcons in hitting and ranks near the top of every offensive category for one of the top teams in Class 4A. A.C. Flora is one of the favorites to win the state title when the playoffs begin April 24. “Jack has had a great year, couldn’t be more proud of what he has done,” AC Flora coach Andy Hallett said. “He is advanced for a 15-year-old. You can never expect a freshman to play like he is 18 years old. You never expect him to come in and have the season like he has had.” Diamond Prospects founder Austin Alexander got a glimpse of Reynolds at the DP Palmetto Games in August and was at his first varsity action during the IP Classic in Georgetown. At the Palmetto Games, Reynolds hit 87 mph and earned Golden Arm award for his team. In his first varsity game, Reynolds ripped a double and had a single in his first two at-bats. “His hit tools are very advanced and his ability to take the barrel of the baseball at a high rate is very unusual for someone his age,” said Alexander, a pro scout and former college baseball coach. “He hits velocity, hits left-handed pitching, hits in the clutch and all fields. He hits at a very high level for such a young player. “You don’t know which way a player is going to go when they experience success at that young age. Jack from my understanding is a tireless worker and very intent on working at his craft. My crystal ball sees him getting pro interest before high school is over and playing baseball for a very long time.” Reynolds has hit anywhere from leadoff to third in the Falcons’ order. He entered this week’s Forest Acres Classic, leading Flora in average (.426), hits (18), on-base percentage (.569), second in RBI (15) and has struck out six times in 73 plate appearances. On the mound, Reynolds has two saves, 12 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings pitched. “I just tried to go up there and do my job every time,” Reynolds said. “… worked hard in offseason and wanted to come in and show everyone what I could do and help them compete for a state championship.” Reynolds committed to USC back in October and was a big Gamecocks’ fan growing up. He remembers playing on the playground at Founders Park when he was younger and watching Whit Merrifield’s game-winning hit in the College World Series. Reynolds also looked up to former Gamecock Madison Stokes, who played at A.C. Flora. He has been to a few games this year and USC coach Mike Current was at a Forest Acres Classic game this week. “I always wanted to go there. I love the coaches and the campus. I love the fans and atmosphere,” Reynolds said of USC. “Committing to USC makes me work harder because people know I’m committed and they come at me with their best.”
  7. By JOHN WHITTLE Apr 19, 10:16 AM While it wasn’t the last time he will ever take the field, Wednesday was the final time on the mound for left-handed pitcher RJ Dantin (Spartanburg/Spartanburg). The class of 2019 signee was a four-year contributor for Spartanburg High School and with his team failing to make the playoffs, his days as a high school player were winding down with only the S.C. Diamond Invitational left. READ FULL STORY:https://247sports.com/college/south-carolina/Article/South-Carolina-Gamecocks-baseball-recruiting-RJ-Dantin-final-start-131345763/
  8. That was really awesome’: Two future Gamecocks shine in pitching duel April 18, 2019 THE STATE .mcclatchy-embed{position:relative;padding:40px 0 56.25%;height:0;overflow:hidden;max-width:100%}.mcclatchy-embed iframe{position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%} With one of their future coaches looking on, South Carolina baseball pitching commits Cade Austin and RJ Dantin put on quite a display. Austin, a junior at Chapin, and Dantin, a senior from Spartanburg, combined for 23 strikeouts in their matchup Wednesday in the SC Diamond Invitational at Blythewood High School. Austin picked up the win in Chapin’s 3-2 victory on the first day of the tournament. “That was really awesome and he was really bringing it,” Dantin said of Austin. “It was a fun matchup. We hadn’t really met before and I told him it was a heck of a job pitching. He was on his game tonight.” Gamecocks’ assistant coach Mike Current had a front-row seat behind the plate to watch the two future USC pitchers perform. Austin thinks it was one of his best performances of the season in the complete-game victory. Austin allowed two runs on five hits and seemed to get stronger as the game went along, spotting his curveball better. His fastball wasn’t bad either and was clocked at 90 mph in the final inning as he struck out the side to finish things off. “State championship (last year) I was 88 in last inning so I want to maintain my energy throughout the game. That’s helped a lot,” Austin said. “This year is probably the best I have ever thrown, not too many runs and not many walks.” Austin is 5-0 with a 1.09 ERA with 55 strikeouts and just nine walks in 38 1/3 innings against some tough competition in Region 5-5A, which features River Bluff, Dutch Fork, Lexington and White Knoll. Chapin, which won the Class 4A title last year, won the region title in its first year of Class 5A. The Eagles will look for its second straight title when the playoffs begin next week. “It would be amazing,” Austin said of winning two in a row. “We got to keep bats going because our pitching is the most dominant thing about our team.” For Dantin, there won’t be any postseason. Spartanburg missed the playoffs so Wednesday’s performance was the last of his high school career. He plans to enroll at USC in June. The left-hander said that was ‘difficult to process’ going in but it started to sink in late in the game. Dantin was taken out of the game with two outs in the sixth because he reached his pitch count. All of his teammates came out of the dugout meet him. Dantin allowed just one earned run on two hits while striking out 11 and walking four against Chapin. “All four years of hard work and everything I faced in my baseball career. And realizing I have been blessed. It was a cool experience,” Dantin said of his thoughts leaving the mound for one final time. “I remember the most about the season is even though we didn’t have the success on the scoreboard the team always competed. We gave our all and could hold our heads high.
  9. Gamecocks land big JUCO baseball commit catcher Luis Aviles April 08, 2019 South Carolina added a big piece to its 2019 class today with JUCO catcher Luis Aviles from Wallace Community College committing to South Carolina CLICK BELOW TO VIEW PROFILE, VIDEO & MORE
  10. Gamecocks land a commit from INF Shane Shifflett of State College of Florida JC April 02, 2019 INF Shane Shifflett of State College of Florida JC committed to USC. He started his career at Florida. He’s batting .302 this season.
  11. Gamecocks land a commit from INF Jeff Heinrich March 29, 2019 INF Jeff Heinrich of McHenry JC, IL committed to USC. This season he is hitting .466 with 4 homers and 31 RBIs..
  12. USC 2020 baseball commitment OF Brandon Fields of Orlando on his status with the Gamecocks January 20, 2019 USC 2020 baseball commitment OF Brandon Fields of Orlando on his status with the Gamecocks: “Yes, everything (as of right now) is still solid with SC and I plan to play both baseball and football.” Fields said he’s been in touch with new RB coach Thomas Brown. He’s not sure when he’ll visit again.
  13. perfectgame.org Top 10 2020 and 2021. Baseball players commit 2-3 years early. Put the gun down.
  14. It’s Signing Day for Baseball NOVEMBER 14, 2018 Here are the reported baseball commitments for USC : USC DAWSON TAYLOR LHP BOILING SPRINGS TYLER CALLIHAN INF NEPTUNE BEACH, FL BRODIE BLANTON INF/OF SUMMERVILLE BRENNAN MILONE INF WOODSTOCK, GA JAX CASH C SPARTANBURG TYLER KEHOE OF PROSPECT PARK, PA KAMERON GUIDRY INF SNELLVILLE, GA XAVIER BUSSEY OF GARNER, NC WILL MCGREGOR LHP TL HANNA TREY TUJETSCH RHP CHARLOTTE BRETT THOMAS RHP ATLANTA JONATHAN MACHAMER LHP NORTH CANTON, OH BRAYLEN WIMMER SS YUKON, OK ANDY PETERS RHP LOGAN JC, IL IVAN JOHNSON INF CHIPOLA JC, FL LUKE LITTLE LHP SAN JACINTO JC, TX BRANNON JORDAN RHP COWLEY JC, KS
  15. Gamecocks picked up a big baseball commitment in Juco a 6'8" lefty pitcher November 08, 2018 PERFECT GAME PROFILE Luke Little who was a 2018 grad that ended up at a Juco a 6’8” lefty pitcher that was that is one of the best, others on his list: Clemson, UNC, Florida and Charlotte. He wasn't getting much attention last year but he’s been getting plenty in the last couple months. He's a big kid and pretty athletic. He was not a PO guy and played 1B and had a 20+ game hitting streak this past year. I've heard that he's added a few mph to his fastball since going to Texas and that's why he's attracted so much more attention...which is ridiculous. Glad it all worked out in the end.
  16. Gamecocks land 2020 baseball commit Nov. 03, 2018 2020 RHP Jake Madden (6-4 165) of Enola, PA committed to USC.
  17. Gamecock baseball lands JUCO infielder with SEC experience Oct. 24, 2018 INF Ivan Johnson of Chipola JC, FL committed to USC for the 2019 class. He played at Georgia last season and the switch-hitter batted .239 in 32 games with 11 starts for an NCAA Tournament team. 8 of his starts were at second base.
  18. Gamecocks land another for baseball Oct. 11, 2018 The USC baseball team landed a commitment from 2021 RHP Caleb Gampe of Hollidaysburg, PA.
  19. Gamecocks land a couple baseball prospect Oct. 09, 2018 USC landed a commitment for 2019 from RHP Thomas Farr of Northwestern Florida JC. He’s a native of Tyrone, GA. Last season as a starter he was 8-6 with a 4.79 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 67.2 innings. 2021 3B Cooper Kinney of Chattanooga committed to USC Monday. Here’s a Pefect Game scouting report from a summer observation: “There’s no doubting his ability to hit as he went through the left side for both a single and a double, though he also turned on a 3-2 pitch putting an impressive swing on the ball. After working ahead 3-0 and taking the next two pitches for strikes, Kinney let his loose hands go to work, driving the ball to the right-center field gap for a standup double which registered 91 mph off the barrel.”
  20. Gamecocks' Recruiting Class Ranked No. 12 by Collegiate Baseball Sept. 24, 2018 TUCSON, Ariz. – The University of South Carolina baseball team’s recruiting class has been ranked No. 12 in the country by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, the publication announced this morning (Monday, Sept. 24). The Gamecocks’ class is now nationally ranked by two publications after Baseball America has Carolina at No. 21. South Carolina is one of 11 schools from the Southeastern Conference in CB’s top-25 list. The recruiting class features four players (Josiah Sightler, Andrew Eyster, Brady Allen and Wes Clarke) that were selected in the 2018 MLB First-Year Player Draft. The Gamecocks will continue to scrimmage this week and will host North Carolina State this Saturday (Sept. 29) at Founders Park. First pitch for that contest is scheduled for 2 p.m. 2018 NCAA Div. I Top-25 Recruiting Rankings by Collegiate Baseball 1. LSU 2. Vanderbilt 3. Arizona 4. Louisville 5. Florida 6. Florida State 7. Clemson 8. UCLA 9. Mississippi State 10. Alabama 11. North Carolina 12. South Carolina 13. Ole MIss 14. Auburn 15. Texas 16. Texas Tech 17. Missouri 18. Coastal Carolina 19. Kentucky 20. Miami (Fla.) 21. Stetson 22. Oklahoma State 23. Oregon State 24. Arkansas 25. Kent State
  21. Baseball America Ranks Gamecocks' Recruiting Class Sept. 12, 2048 DURHAM, N.C. – South Carolina baseball’s recruiting class has been ranked No. 21 in the nation by Baseball America, the publication announced this afternoon (Wednesday, Sept. 12).South Carolina is one of nine schools from the Southeastern Conference in BA’s top-25 list. It also is the ninth straight season the Gamecocks’ recruiting class has been ranked by the publication. The recruiting class features four players (Josiah Sightler, Andrew Eyster, Brady Allen and Wes Clarke) that were selected in the 2018 MLB First-Year Player Draft.The first chance to see the Gamecocks’ recruiting class is during the team’s fall scrimmages. The Gamecocks are slated to play this Friday (Sept. 14) at 4 p.m., but fans are encouraged to follow Gamecock Baseball on Twitter (@GamecockBasebll) for schedule updates as Hurricane Florence approaches the Carolinas. 2018 NCAA Div. I Top-25 Recruiting Rankings by Baseball America1. LSU2. Vanderbilt3. Florida State4. Louisville5. Florida6. UCLA7. Texas A&M8. Texas9. Clemson10. Miami11. Virginia12. Mississippi State13. Arizona14. Southern California15. Alabama16. Cal State Fullerton17. Auburn18. Texas Tech19. Florida International20. TCU21. South Carolina22. North Carolina23. Kentucky24. Illinois25. Coastal Carolina
  22. In-state righty Samuel Swygert commits to USC August 21, 2018 2020 RHP Samuel Swygert (6-1 185) of South Aiken committed to USC. He gives the Gamecocks a dozen commitments for the 2020 class.
  23. Baseball Facilities Video USC BASEBALL RECRUITING ON TWITTER
  24. South Carolina baseball lands commitment from in-state pitcher August 12, 2018 South Carolina baseball picked up another in-state commitment Sunday. Hanahan High School rising sophomore Aidan Hunter committed to the Gamecocks. He is the third commit for Class of 2021 and second from Charleston area. Summerville’s Cole Messina committed last month. Hunter was in Columbia this weekend, taking part in Diamond Prospects’ Palmetto Games at Founders Park. The right-hander was a 5-1 with 1.13 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 37 1/3 innings this season for the Hawks.
  25. Gamecock loses baseball pledge August 03, 2018 2019 SS Kameron Guidry of Snellville, GA decommitted from USC Thursday night.
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