2012 Columbia Regional

Regional Schedules

1. South Carolina Gamecocks

Columbia, South Carolina

At-large bid from SEC

2012 record: 18-11, 40-17 (first place in SEC East)

Head coach: Ray Tanner (N.C. State, 1980)

Record at school: 729-313, 16 years

Overall record: 1,124-486-3, 25 years

Assistant coaches: Chad Holbrook, Jerry Meyers, Sammy Esposito

Team offense: .271 BA, 306 R, 39 HR, .399 SLG%, .358 OBP, 35-55 SB

Team pitching: 3.20 ERA, 517 IP, 432 H, 174 BB, 469 K

Top hitters: Christian Walker (.328/10/51/41 BB), Tanner English (.309/0/19/38 R), Joey Pankake (.284/2/24/14 2B), Evan Marzilli (.284/2/29/48 R), L.B. Dantzler (.253/9/43/12 2B), Grayson Greiner (.236/6/31/12 2B), Kyle Martin (.323/1/11/5 2B), Erik Payne (.264/3/16/4 2B)

Top pitchers: Michael Roth (6-1, 2.58, 101 IP, 77 H, 31 BB, 75 K), Colby Holmes (6-1, 3.39, 61 IP, 57 H, 13 BB, 49 K), Jordan Montgomery (4-1, 4.20, 60 IP, 61 H, 8 BB, 45 K), Matt Price (4-4, 10 SV, 3.68, 63.2 IP, 45 H, 26 BB, 77 K), Tyler Webb (5-1, 2 SV, 1.96, 41.1 IP, 37 H, 10 BB, 40 K)

Last NCAA Appearance: 2011 National Champions (3-0 in Columbia Regional, 2-0 in Super Regional, 5-0 in College World Series)

Notes: South Carolina became just the sixth program to repeat as national champion in 2011. The only team to win three straight titles is Southern California, which won five consecutive championships between 1970 and 1974. South Carolina now owns an NCAA-record 16-game postseason winning streak. Christian Walker, Michael Roth and Matt Price each return to the postseason after making the College World Series all-tournament team a year ago. Walker and Evan Marzilli were part of the 2010 all-tournament squad. South Carolina is making its 28th NCAA Tournament appearance, including its 14th straight – the highest streak among SEC schools.


2. Clemson Tigers

Clemson, South Carolina

At-large bid from ACC

2012 record: 16-14, 33-26 (third in Atlantic Division)

Head coach: Jack Leggett (Maine, 1976)

Record at school: 845-402-1, 19 years

Overall school: 1,222-692-1, 33 years

Assistant coaches: Dan Pepicelli, Bradley LeCroy, Michael Johnson

Team offense: .269 BA, 334 R, 40 HR, .487 SLG%, .359 OBP%, 63-81 SB

Top hitters: Richie Shaffer (.339/10/46/19 2B), Phil Pohl (.288/8/50), Steve Wilkerson (.308/1/30/10-12 SB), Thomas Brittle (.303/2/33/11-13 SB)

Top pitchers: Dominic Leone (6-4, 5.49 ERA, 77 IP, 84 H, 37 BB, 60 K), Kevin Brady (1-2, 2.52 ERA, 60.2 IP, 49 H, 24 BB, 59 K), Kevin Pohle (6-4, 3.66 ERA, 71.1 IP, 76 H, 28 BB, 39 K), Scott Firth (4-0, 1.99 ERA, 49.2 IP, 41 H, 32 BB, 41 K)

Last NCAA Appearance: (2011, 2-2 at Clemson Regional)

Notes: Clemson has reached the tournament for the 25th time in the past 26 years. Coach Jack Leggett was a captain of Maine's 1976 CWS team and played three years for the Black Bears football team. Senior Phil Pohl is from Cooperstown, N.Y., the home of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Pohl and junior third basemen Richie Shaffer were both named First-Team All-ACC. Shaffer is projected to be a first-round pick in the upcoming MLB Draft.


3. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

Conway, South Carolina

Automatic bid – won Big South Conference Tournament

2012 record: 18-5, 41-17 (first in Big South)

Head coach: Gary Gilmore (Coastal Carolina, 1980)

Record at school: 691-341 (17th year)

Overall record: 947-443-2 (23rd year)
Assistant coaches: Kevin Schnall, Drew Thomas, Chad Oxendine

Team offense: .285 BA, 317 R, 23 HR, .377 SLG%, .386 OB%, 87-114 SB

Team pitching: 2.53 ERA, 534 IP, 461 H, 189 BB, 381 K

Top hitters: Daniel Bowman (.401/59 R/12 2B/5 3B/6 HR/38 RBI/14-17 SB/.577 slug%/.483 OB%), Rich Witten (.350/16 2B/5 HR/62 RBI/9-12 SB/.493 slug %/31 BB/.444 OB%), Alex Buccilli (.320/10 2B/3 HR/40 RBI/33 BB/.432 OB%), Tucker Frawley (.297/8 2B/27 RBI/.403 OB%), Jacob May (.289/39 runs/6 2B/4 3B/1 HR/25-30 SB)

Top pitchers: Aaron Burke (1.18 ERA/10-5/7 saves/34 app/76.1 IP/63 H/18 R/10 ER/23 BB/38 K), Ryan Connolly (2.11 ERA/5-2/11 saves/34 app/72.2 IP/63 H/23 R/17 ER/18 BB/52 K), Tyler Herb (2.87 ERA/8-2/16 starts/87.2 IP/76 H/45 H/45 R/28 ER/37 BB/65 K), Austin Wallace (2.05 ERA/5-0/14 app/10 starts/57.0 IP/45 H/13 ER/15 BB/43 K/.214 opp BA)

Last NCAA appearance: 2011 (1-2 at Clemson Regional)

Notes: Coastal Carolina is making its sixth straight NCAA appearance and 11th in last 12 years. The Chanticleers won the Big South regular season and tournament titles for the sixth straight season. Gary Gilmore has led the Coastal to 40-plus wins in 12 of the last 14 years. Coastal has ranked lead the NCAA in ERA most of the season, despite losing ace and projected high draft pick Josh Conway due to Tommy John surgery the last half of the season. Daniel Bowman was the Big South Player of the Year and Aaron Burke was the Big South co-Pitcher of the Year. Burke and fellow relief pitcher Ryan Connolly figured in the decision in 37 of CCU's 58 games this season, including 30 of CCU's 41 wins (they have combined for 15 wins and 18 saves, which is 33, but in three of those games, one got the win and the other got the save). Tucker Frawley is one of 12 semifinalists for the prestigious Johnny Bench Award. He has thrown out 25 of 45 base runners this season (55.5 percent) and added seven pickoffs. Dating back to mid-way through the 2011 season – and after throwing out just five of his first 30 base stealers, Frawley has thrown out 36 of his last 65 (55.4 percent). In addition to his play on the field, graduated summa cum laude with a 3.94 GPA in physics


4. Manhattan Jaspers

Riverdale, New York

Automatic bid – won Metro Atlantic Tournament

2012 record: 18-6, 33-25 (first in MAAC)

Head coach: Jim Duffy (Seton Hall, 1996)

Record at school: 33-25, 1 year

Overall record: same

Assistant coaches: Elvys Quezada, Rene Ruiz

Team offense: .273 BA, 288 R, 22 HR, .370 SLG%, .369 OB%, 81-103 SB

Team pitching: 4.44 ERA, 482.1 IP, 504 H, 201 BB, 310 K

Top hitters: Anthony Vega (.336/5/31/32-35 SB), Nick Camastro (.319/0/28/19-25 SB), Yoandry Galan (.293/0/22), Joe McClennan (.276/1/16), Ramon Ortega (.274/7/51/12 2B)

Top Pitchers: Jacob Marchus (1-1, 1.31, 8 SV, 20.2 IP, 19 H, 5 BB, 14 K), Taylor Sewitt (11-1, 2.40, 1 SV, 90 IP, 67 H, 20 BB, 83 K), John Soldinger (6-5, 3.43, 1 SV, 94.1 IP, 90 H, 38 BB, 53 K), Michael Scarinci (6-4, 4.47, 2 SV, 58.1 IP, 65 H, 15 BB, 28 K)

Last NCAA Appearance: 2011 (0-2 at Gainesville Regional)

Notes: Head coach Jim Duffy led the Jaspers to their third MAAC title in his first season. Manhattan was 18-0 at home, the only Division I team to go undefeated at home this season. The Jaspers are in the field for the second straight year and just the third time in 55 years. Manhattan has never faced South Carolina, Clemson or Coastal Carolina.