USC Gamecocks Baseball

February 25, 2013

Dantzler honored; Gamecocks stay put in Baseball America poll

South Carolina senior first baseman LB Dantzler was named SEC Player of the Week on Monday by the league office.

South Carolina senior first baseman LB Dantzler was named SEC Player of the Week on Monday by the league office.

In the Albany series, Dantzler went 9-for-13 (.692) at the plate with two doubles, two homers, six runs scored and 10 RBI. He had 17 total bases for the weekend with a .733 on-base percentage as well as a 1.308 slugging percentage.

Dantzler is hitting .545 (12-for-22) for the season with three homers and 13 RBI as well as a .593 on-base percentage and a 1.045 slugging percentage.

In Friday's 8-3 win, Dantzler tallied a career-high four hits and career-high five RBIs with a home run. He followed that up with a 2-for-4 game with three runs and four RBI in the 14-1 win and closed out the weekend 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI in the 6-4 victory.

Dantzler tied three Carolina Stadium records for a three-game series with 17 total bases, nine hits and six runs scored. It is the most hits in a three-game series at Carolina Stadium since Jackie Bradley Jr. tallied nine in a three-game series vs. Vanderbilt (May 1-3, 2009).

Meanwhile, South Carolina stayed put in the latest Baseball America Top 25, released Monday.

The Gameococks (5-1) are No. 7. The top 16 remained unchanged.

Florida dropped from the rankings after being swept by Florida Gulf Coast in Gainesville. It's the Gators' first time out of the rankings since April 23, 2009.

The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings.

Rk. Team W-L Last Week Prev.
1. North Carolina 6-0 4-0 1
2. Vanderbilt 7-1 5-0 2
3. Arkansas 7-1 5-0 3
4. Louisville 6-1 4-0 4
5. Mississippi State 9-0 5-0 5
6. Oregon State 8-0 5-0 6
7. South Carolina 5-1 3-0 7
8. Mississippi 7-0 4-0 8
9. Louisiana State 6-1 3-1 9
10. North Carolina State 5-1 5-0 10
11. Kentucky 5-1 3-1 11
12. UCLA 4-2 2-1 12
13. Rice 5-2 3-1 13
14. Oregon 6-1 3-1 14
15. Stanford 5-2 4-0 15
16. Georgia Tech 6-1 3-1 16
17. Cal State Fullerton 8-0 4-0 20
18. Oklahoma 9-0 5-0 18
19. Florida State 7-0 4-0 19
20. Arizona 7-1 4-1 23
21. UC Irvine 6-1 3-1 25
22. Notre Dame 5-1 3-0 NR
23. Florida Gulf Coast 5-1 3-0 NR
24. Southern Mississippi 5-2 2-2 21
25. Virginia Tech 6-1 2-1 24

Dropped out: Florida (17), Texas Christian (22).

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