Gamecocks ranked No. 5; hold weekend scrimmage

South Carolina is No. 5 in the USA Today college baseball coaches poll as announced on Thursday, one day before the Gamecocks hold a three-day, preseason intrasquad scrimmage.

South Carolina will begin scrimmaging this weekend at Carolina Stadium. All three scrimmages are open to the public. First pitch on Friday is 3:30 p.m. with Saturday and Sunday’s scrimmages at 1:30 p.m.

The Gamecocks officially begin the 2013 season on Friday, Feb. 15 hosting a three-game series vs. Liberty at Carolina Stadium.

The Gamecocks return six position starters, 13 pitchers and 25 letterwinners from last year’s National Runners-Up squad.

Sophomore catcher Grayson Greiner, senior left-handed pitcher Tyler Webb, senior right-handed pitcher Colby Holmes of Conway and sophomore left-handed pitcher Jordan Montgomery return and are Preseason All-Americans after being named to the 2013 Louisville Slugger Preseason All-America team in December.

Sophomore shortstop Joey Pankake (.264-2-27) and sophomore outfielder Tanner English (.298-0-23) of St. James are back after earning SEC All-Freshman Team accolades in 2012. Position starters also returning include senior infielder LB Dantzler (.262-10-48), junior infielder Erik Payne (.265-3-19) and senior infielder Chase Vergason (.258-1-13).

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