Gamecocks Set To Open Baseball Season

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Monday, Feb. 1, 2008
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina's baseball team begins
practice today with a starting
lineup full of savvy, power and knowledge.
With veteran players like junior first baseman Justin Smoke and
shortstop Reese Havens, the Gamecocks appear to have an offense
ready to burst every game.
South Carolina third baseman James Darnell and
catcher-designated hitter Phil Disher are also returning this
season.
Coach Ray Tanner says he enjoys teaching young players all about
the game of baseball. But when the season starts, he'll sit them in
the dugout and go with experience every time.
The Gamecocks have reached the NCAA's super regional round seven
of the past eight seasons, but haven't played in the college world
series since 2004.
South Carolina has its opening game February 22 against East
Carolina.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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