2011 South Carolina Gamecocks baseball team

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2011 South Carolina Gamecocks baseball
USC baseball logo.svg
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
Coaches #1
2011 record 55-14 (22-8 SEC)
Head coach Ray Tanner (15th year)
Assistant coach Chad Holbrook (3rd year)
Assistant coach Jerry Meyers (1st/9th year)
Assistant coach Sammy Esposito (4th year)
Home stadium Carolina Stadium
Seasons
« 2010 2012 »
2011 Southeastern Conference baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Eastern
#1 South Carolina x 22 8   .733     55 14   .797
#2 Florida x 22 8   .733     53 19   .736
#4 Vanderbilt x 22 8   .733     54 12   .818
Georgia 16 14   .533     33 32   .508
Kentucky 8 22   .267     25 30   .455
Tennessee 7 23   .233     25 29   .463
Western
#24 Arkansas x 15 15   .500     40 22   .645
Mississippi State 14 16   .467     38 25   .603
Alabama 14 16   .467     35 28   .556
Auburn 14 16   .467     29 29   .500
LSU 13 17   .433     36 20   .643
Ole Miss 13 17   .433     30 25   .545
x – Division champion
‡ – SEC Tournament champion
As of June 28, 2011; Rankings from Baseball America

The 2011 South Carolina Gamecocks baseball team represented the University of South Carolina in the 2011 NCAA Division I baseball season. The Gamecocks played their home games in Carolina Stadium. The team was coached by Ray Tanner, who was in his fifteenth season at Carolina. The Gamecocks won the 2011 College World Series to become the sixth school in the history of the College World Series to win consecutive national tites (1949-1950 Texas Longhorns; 1970-1974 Southern California Trojans; 1987-1988 Stanford Cardinal; 1996-1997 LSU Tigers; & the 2006-2007 Oregon State Beavers).

During their postseason run, the Gamecocks also became the first team to go 10-0 through the postseason. Building on the success of the prior year's team, the Gamecocks set two NCAA records with consecutive post-season wins (16) and consecutive CWS wins (11); both streaks are active going into the 2012 season.

Personnel[edit]

Roster[edit]

2011 South Carolina Gamecocks roster
 

Pitchers

  • 9 Steven Neff - Junior
  • 10 Drake Thomason - Freshman
  • 11 Will Casey - Junior
  • 14 John Taylor - Senior
  • 15 Nolan Belcher - Junior
  • 17 Jose Mata - Senior
  • 22 Matt Price - Sophomore
  • 25 Adam Westmoreland - Sophomore
  • 27 Forrest Koumas - Freshman
  • 28 Spencer Jordan - Junior
  • 29 Michael Roth - Junior
  • 33 Alex Burrell - Junior
  • 35 Logan Munson - Junior
  • 38 Tyler Webb - Sophomore
  • 39 Patrick Sullivan - Sophomore
  • 44 Colby Holmes - Sophomore
  • 45 Bryan Harper - Junior
 

Infielders

  • 3 Adrian Morales - Senior
  • 6 Peter Mooney - Junior
  • 8 Scott Wingo - Senior
  • 13 Christian Walker - Sophomore
  • 20 Jake Watson - Freshman
  • 30 Erik Payne - Freshman

Catchers

  • 5 Patrick Harrington - Freshman
  • 18 Dante Rosenberg - Junior
  • 34 Greg Brodzinski - Freshman
  • 36 Brady Thomas - Senior
 

Outfielders

  • 19 Jackie Bradley, Jr. - Junior
  • 26 Adam Matthews - Junior
  • 31 Evan Marzilli - Sophomore
  • 40 Jake Williams - Junior
  • 42 DeSean Anderson - Freshman

Utility

  • 4 Robert Beary - Senior
 

2011 South Carolina Gamecocks Baseball Roster & Bios http://gamecocksonline.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/scar-m-basebl-mtt.html

Coaching Staff[edit]

2011 South Carolina Gamecocks baseball coaching staff
  • 1 Ray Tanner - Head Coach - 15 years
  • 2 Chad Holbrook - Assistant Coach - 3 years
  • 12 Jerry Meyers - Assistant Coach - 1 year / 9 years
  • 41 Sammy Esposito - Assistant Coach - 4 years
  • 55 Brian Buscher - Assistant Coach - Undergraduate

2011 South Carolina Gamecocks Baseball Coaches & Bios http://gamecocksonline.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/scar-m-basebl-mtt.html#coaches

Schedule[edit]

2011 South Carolina Gamecocks Baseball Game Log
Regular Season
Post-Season

2011 South Carolina Gamecocks Baseball Schedule http://gamecocksonline.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/sched/scar-m-basebl-sched.html

Honors and Awards[edit]

  • Forrest Koumas was named SEC Co-Freshman of the Week on April 4.[1]
  • Colby Holmes was named SEC Pitcher of the Week on April 11[2] and May 16.[3]
  • Michael Roth was named SEC Pitcher of the Week on April 18.[4]
  • Christian Walker was named SEC Player of the Week on April 25.[5]
  • Matt Price, Michael Roth and Scott Wingo were named First-Team All-SEC, Christian Walker was named Second-Team All-SEC, and Forrest Koumas was named Freshman All-SEC.[6]
  • Head coach Ray Tanner was named SEC Coach of the Year.
  • Michael Roth was named CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American.[7]
  • Michael Roth was named to the SEC All-Tournament Team.[8]
  • Michael Roth was named Louisville Slugger Third-Team All-American.[9]
  • Robert Beary was named MVP of the NCAA Columbia Regional. Christian Walker, Scott Wingo, Adrian Morales, Evan Marzilli, and Michael Roth were also named to the All-Tournament team.[10]
  • Robert Beary (C), Peter Mooney (SS), Matt Price (P), Michael Roth (P), Brady Thomas (DH), Christian Walker (1B) and Scott Wingo (2B) were named to the College World Series All-Tournament Team.
  • Scott Wingo was named Most Outstanding Player of the 2011 College World Series.

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Poll Pre-
season
Feb.
21
Feb.
28
Mar.
7
Mar.
14
Mar.
21
Mar.
28
Apr.
4
Apr.
11
Apr.
18
Apr.
25
May
2
May
9
May
16
May
23
May
30
June
6
June
13
Final
Poll
USA Today/ESPN Coaches' (Top 25)[11] 8 8 4 4 6 4 4 3 3 2 3 3 3 2 1 4 - - 1
Baseball America (Top 25)[12] 7 7 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 2 2 2 4 3 1 4 - - 1
Collegiate Baseball (Top 30)[13] 14 12 6 6 7 7 3 3 3 2 2 1 4 3 1 4 4 4 1
NCBWA (Top 30)[14] 8 6 4 4 6 6 3 3 3 2 3 2 3 2 1 4 4 4 1
  • NR = Not Ranked

Gamecocks in the 2011 MLB Draft[edit]

The following members of the South Carolina Gamecocks baseball program were drafted in the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft.[15]

Player Position Round Overall MLB Team
Jackie Bradley, Jr. OF Comp A 40th Boston Red Sox
Matt Price RHP 6th 184th Arizona Diamondbacks
Scott Wingo 2B 11th 344th Los Angeles Dodgers
Peter Mooney SS 21st 649th Toronto Blue Jays
John Taylor RHP 22nd 663rd Seattle Mariners
Adam Matthews OF 23rd 695th Baltimore Orioles
Bryan Harper LHP 30th 907th Washington Nationals
Michael Roth LHP 31st 938th Cleveland Indians
Steven Neff LHP 41st 1257th San Francisco Giants
Tyler Webb LHP 48th 1465th Cincinnati Reds
Adrian Morales 3B 49th 1476th Kansas City Royals

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