Two Gamecocks Named Freshman All-Americans
(USC SID) — South Carolina catcher Grayson Greiner and left-handed pitcher Jordan Montgomery earned Freshman All-America honors as announced by Collegiate Baseball on Wednesday. Greiner, a SEC All-Freshman selection, has played in 55 games with 48 starts and owns a .236 batting average (41-for-174) with six homers and 31 RBI and has been stellar behind the plate throwing out 17 runners attempting to steal throughout the year. Montgomery owns a 5-1 record with a 4.05 ERA with 51 strikeouts and just nine walks in 66.2 innings pitched. South Carolina All-Time Freshman All-Americans 2012 – Grayson Greiner, C; Jordan Montgomery, SP 2010 – Matt Price, RP, (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball) Christian Walker, 1B, (Baseball America) 2009 – Jackie Bradley Jr., OF, (Collegiate Baseball) 2008 – Sam Dyson, SP, (Collegiate Baseball) 2007 – Blake Cooper, SP, (Collegiate Baseball) 2006 – Andrew Crisp, OF, (Collegiate Baseball) Justin Smoak, 1B, (Collegiate Baseball) 2000 – Drew Meyer, SS, (TPX; Baseball America; Baseball Weekly) 1998 – Kip Bouknight, SP, (TPX) Peter Bauer, SP, (TPX) 1996 – Mike Curry, OF, (Mizuno) 1993 – Jason Haynie, P, (Mizuno) 1991 – Mac White, OF, (Baseball America (2nd team) GREINER‘S SEASON HIGHLIGHTS 2012 – Named to 2012 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team … SEC All-Freshman Team … 2-for-5 with two runs scored and a double in 5-3 win over Auburn at SEC Tournament (5/24) … 1-for-4 with run scored in 5-4 win over LSU (5/18) … First triple of the year and a run scored in 3-0 win at Georgia (5/12) … Strong series at Arkansas, caught all 28 innings and threw out five runners over the course of the weekend trying to steal … Two-run single in 10-7 win at Arkansas (5/6) … Drove in four runs in the 8-6 win at Arkansas with a two-run homer, sac fly and a RBI single (5/4) … 2-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and a RBI in 9-1 win over Alabama (4/28) … Tied season-high in hits and RBI with 3-for-5 day at the plate with two runs scored, a double, a homer and four RBI in the 12-11 win over Alabama (4/27) … 1-for-4 with two runs and a RBI in 11-7 win at Auburn (4/22) … 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI in 12-5 win at Auburn (4/20) … Named SEC Freshman of the Week after a key solo home run that jumpstarted a four-run rally in the bottom of the eighth as the Gamecocks came from behind to defeat MSU 7-6 … Greiner collected three hits over the weekend with a pair of doubles and the home run … He also scored two runs … 1-for-1 with a double and run scored in 6-4 win over Mississippi State (4/15) … 2-for-4 with a double and a solo home run in 7-6 win over Mississippi State (4/13) … Grand slam home run in 8-0 win over The Citadel (4/10) … 2-for-4 with two doubles in 5-4 loss to Tennessee (4/6) … Two-out RBI single in 6-3 loss at Kentucky (3/18) … Pinch-hit two-run single in the 5-2 win over Charleston Southern (3/13) … Sacrifice fly RBI in 3-1 win vs. Princeton (3/11) … 2-for-3 with a pair of homers, a couple runs scored and career-high four RBI in the 6-5 loss at Clemson (3/4) … 2-for-4 with a RBI in 8-1 win over Elon (2/24) … Hit .400 (4-for-10) in VMI series with a double and a run scored … One of three players to post two multi-hit games for the VMI series…Threw out the only runner that tried to steal a base on him for the weekend in his two starts behind the plate. MONTGOMERY‘S SEASON HIGHLIGHTS 2012 – NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team … Earned win after 6.2 innings of work allowing two runs on five hits with one walk and six strikeouts in 4-3 win over Clemson in NCAA Regional (6/3) … Quality start despite no-decision in 3-2 loss vs. Vanderbilt at SEC Tournament; allowed one run on two hits with two walks and five strikeouts in five innings of work (5/23) … Improved to 4-0 with win in 5-3 victory at Auburn (4/21); allowed two runs on six hits in 5.1 innings with one walk and one strikeout … Improved to 3-0 with win in 5-3 victory over Mississippi State (4/14); allowed one run on five hits in 6.1 innings with two walks and four strikeouts … SEC Freshman of the Week after hurling career-high eight innings in first SEC start and allowing just one run on three hits while walking none and striking out seven in 2-1 win over Tennessee (4/7) … Improved to 2-0 with two scoreless innings of relief with just two hits allowed, one walk and three strikeouts in 6-4 win over Vanderbilt in 13 innings (4/1) … First career win in 7-3 victory at The Citadel (3/27); allowed one run on three hits in season-high 5.2 innings with no walks and four strikeouts … Career-high eight strikeouts in 4.2 innings with just two runs allowed on five hits in 8-5 win over Furman (3/20) … 4.2 innings in second start and allowed four runs on four hits in 6-4 win over Appalachian State (3/14); recovered from tough first inning, to retire 10 in a row before giving way to the bullpen … First career start in 2-1 win over Presbyterian (2/28); no-decision after going four innings and allowing one run on four hits with a strikeout … Threw one scoreless inning allowing one hit and striking out one in the Gamecocks 13-1 victory over VMI (2/18).