Friday May 24, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ga. – Three University of South Carolina Aiken baseball players received All-America accolades from Daktronics on Friday afternoon.
University of South Carolina Aiken senior designated hitter Bill Gerstenslager claimed First-Team All-America plaudits, while junior closer Taylor Grover was chosen to the Third-Team. Senior outfielder Bryce Baur was an Honorable Mention All-America selection.
Gerstenslager (Solon, Ohio/Mercyhurst) led the Pacers with a team-best .380 (81-for-213) batting average.
He led the Pacers and the Peach Belt Conference with 21 doubles on the 2013 season. The 21 doubles are currently in the top-10 in the nation.
The Pacer designated hitter led USC Aiken with 30 extra-base hits on the year with the 21 doubles, seven home runs and two triples. He collected 127 bases and scored 53 runs to go along with his 54 RBIs.
A Tino Martinez Award semifinalist and a Daktronics First-Team All-Region selection, Gerstenslager was also recently named to the NCBWA All-Southeast Region Second-Team, the ABCA All-Southeast Region Second-Team, the Peach Belt Conference All-Conference First-Team, the Peach Belt Conference All-Academic Team and the Capital One Academic NCAA Division II Baseball District Three First-Team.
Grover (North Augusta, S.C./Midland Valley HS) led the Pacers and the Peach Belt Conference with 11 saves on the 2013 season. The 11 saves place the consensus First-Team All-Region selection in the top-10 in the category nationally.
The First-Team All-Peach Belt Conference selection owned a perfect 5-0 record on the year with a 0.92 earned run average. The Pacer closer made 31 appearances in the 2013 season, pitching a total of 29.1 innings. Grover's foes hit just .154 against him this past season. He had 37 strikeouts in his 29.1 innings pitched.
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