Four USC standouts earned Louisville Slugger Preseason All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball on Friday.
USC catcher Grayson Greiner was a second-team selection while three pitchers — right-hander Colby Holmes, left-hander Jordan Montgomery and left-hander Tyler Webb — were named to the third team.
Greiner returns after earning Freshman All-America honors last season from Collegiate Baseball. He also was an SEC All-Freshman selection. He hit six homers with 32 RBIs last season.
Webb, who garnered second-team Preseason All-America honors earlier in the month from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, went 6-1 with a 1.56 ERA last year in 39 relief appearances.
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Montgomery and Holmes both were starters last season. Montgomery went 6-1 with a 3.62 ERA in 742/3 innings with Holmes going 7-2 with a 3.05 ERA in 792/3 innings.
The Gamecocks begin the 2013 season on Friday, Feb. 15, hosting a three-game series against Liberty at Carolina Stadium.
SEC expands baseball tournament to 12 teams, five days
The SEC has added two teams and a fifth day to the baseball tournament.
Commissioner Mike Slive announced that the field will expand to 12 teams in the 14-team league starting in 2013 in Hoover, Ala.
The top four seeds will earn a bye in the double-elimination tournament, which starts on May 21. The rest will play that Tuesday with the winners advancing.
The two division champions and other top four seeds have a chance to earn another bye in the tournament, which returns to single elimination on Saturday.
The total number of games played remains at 17, capped by Sunday’s championship.