Chad Holbrook begins his third year as head coach of the South Carolina program after directing the Gamecocks in 2014 to a 15th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Holbrook is the only head coach in South Carolina history to have led a team to the NCAA Regionals in his first two years as head coach. His SEC winning percentage of .593 is the highest of any South Carolina coach in the first two seasons of the league and his overall winning percentage of .696 is the second-highest of any South Carolina coach in his first two seasons at the helm of the program.
The 2014 team finished 44-18 and finished ranked as high as No. 22 by the USA Today coaches' poll. South Carolina went 18-12 in the SEC and is one of only two schools in the conference to finish among the top four teams in the league in both 2013 and 2014 and one of four schools in the SEC to win at least 40 games in both 2013 and 2014. South Carolina is also one of only nine schools in the nation to host a NCAA Regional in 2013 and 2014.
Among the highlights in 2014 included a series sweep of instate rival Clemson. Holbrook's team would claim six SEC series including a pair of wins at eventual national champion Vanderbilt as well as a series victory vs. CWS participant Ole Miss. South Carolina hosted a NCAA Regional for the fifth-straight year marking the Gamecocks as one of only two schools in the nation to claim that distinction. Gamecock Nation flocked to Carolina Stadium as South Carolina set a total attendance record at 305,564 in 2014, the first time South Carolina eclipsed the 300,000-plus mark. South Carolina also set a record with 5,957 season tickets sold.
Jerry Meyers is the associate head coach for South Carolina. Meyers is in his 13th year associated with the Gamecock baseball program. Meyers, who served as an assistant at South Carolina from the 1997-2004 seasons, returned to Carolina in August of 2010 to coach the pitchers following six years as head coach at Old Dominion.
The 2014 Gamecocks led the SEC with a 2.43 earned run average that ranked ninth in the nation. That ERA is the best by a Gamecock pitching staff in the last 39 seasons. The pitching staff was among the best in the country with 13 shutouts, fifth-highest in the nation, a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 3.03, sixth-best in the country and a 1.12 WHIP that was eighth overall.
Gamecock pitchers that garnered attention included junior left-hander Jordan Montgomery, who was a fourth-round selection in the 2014 MLB Draft by the New York Yankees. Montgomery compiled an 8-5 record and a 3.42 ERA in a team-high 100 innings with 95 strikeouts and became the 22nd pitcher in school history to reach the 20-win total as well. Junior right-hander Joel Seddon also was selected in the 11th round by the Oakland A's after earning second-team All-America honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association with 14 saves. He was a second-team All-SEC choice as well. A Gamecock newcomer also found success as freshman right-handed pitcher Wil Crowe earned Freshman All-America honors as announced by Collegiate Baseball. In his first season, Crowe went 8-3 in 15 starts with a 2.75 ERA in 91.2 innings pitched. Crowe allowed just 32 runs, 28 earned, on 76 hits with 19 walks and 59 strikeouts. Crowe was strong in his last start with the Garnet and Black as he pitched four-hit complete game shutout in a 9-0 win vs. Campbell in the NCAA Regional that earned him All-Tournament Team honors. Crowe was also honored by the SEC twice as SEC Pitcher of the Week and SEC Freshman of the Week.
Sammy Esposito was named recruiting coordinator by head coach Chad Holbrook on August 20, 2012. Esposito has worked on the baseball staff since the fall of 2007 and has worked with the hitters and catchers since joining the Gamecocks. He has been a part of seven NCAA regional teams including the 2010 and 2011 national championship squads. Esposito has signed consecutive Top 5 recruiting classes with Baseball America ranking the 2013 class No. 3 in the nation and the 2014 class No. 5 in the country.
The 2014 season featured junior catcher Grayson Greiner, who was among the top catchers in college baseball. Greiner was a third round pick and the No. 99 overall selection by the Detroit Tigers. Greiner was a second-team All-America honoree by Baseball America and Perfect Game and was named the 2013-14 USC Co-Male Student-Athlete of the Year alongside Gamecock football/basketball standout Bruce Ellington. He would also be a semi-finalist for the Johnny Bench Award for the top catcher in college baseball and a member of the SEC All-Defensive team. Greiner's career .994 fielding percentage is the best percentage by a Gamecock catcher in school history (1168 PO, 97 A, 7 E).
In the 2013 season, Esposito's catching corps kept opposing teams at bay as only 26 stolen bases were allowed on 45 attempts. Greiner continued his elevation as one of the game's top backstops as he earned second-team All-SEC honors and was named to USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team. Greiner allowed just 23 stolen bases and made only three errors in 49 starts behind the plate. Senior catcher Dante Rosenberg also contributed in 14 starts as he yielded only three stolen bases on eight attempts. Rosenberg signed a free agent contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.
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