Four Gamecocks, one Tiger, two Chants on All-Am list

Four South Carolina baseball players, including Conway product Colby Holmes, were named to the 2013 Louisville Slugger Preseason All-America team on Friday. Coastal Carolina placed two on the list and Clemson had one.

South Carolina sophomore catcher Grayson Greiner was named to the second team, and senior left-handed pitcher Tyler Webb and sophomore left-handed pitcher Jordan Montgomery joined Holmes, a senior right-handed pitcher on the third team.

Coastal landed a pair of senior relievers on the list – Aaron Burke on the second team and Ryan Connolly on the third. Clemson junior second baseman Steve Wilkerson made the third team as Clemson’s lone representative.

Greiner returns after earning Freshman All-America honors last season by Collegiate Baseball. He was a SEC All-Freshman selection and hit six homers with 32 RBI with 13 doubles as well. Webb, who garnered second-team Preseason All-America honors earlier in the month from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, went 6-1 with a 1.56 ERA last year in 39 relief appearances.

Montgomery and Holmes both were starters last season. Montgomery went 6-1 with a 3.62 ERA in 74.2 innings with Holmes going 7-2 with a 3.05 ERA in 79.2 innings. Montgomery also earned Freshman All-America honors last year.

Burke carried a 10-5 record last season with a 1.58 ERA while Connolly went 5-2 with a 2.10 ERA season, striking out 55 while walking 22. Wilkerson batted .295 with 31 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.

 

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