South Carolina hosts Bucknell in a three-game series starting at noon Saturday. Here are the projected starters at each position for the weekend.
Grayson Greiner, C: After playing for Team USA last summer, the junior pre-season All-American is poised for a huge season.
Kyle Martin, 1B: Serving as an apprentice his first two seasons, Martin takes over after a big fall and strong preseason.
Max Schrock, 2B: One of the nation’s top freshmen last season, Schrock should be even better because of his line-drive bat and slick glove.
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Marcus Mooney, SS: Sophomore transfer looks to supply the same great defense and steady bat his brother Peter did in 2011.
Joey Pankake / DC Arendas, 3B: Pankake will play somewhere as the team’s top returning hitter, but Arendas has earned some playing time.
Elliott Caldwell / Joey Pankake, LF: If Pankake plants at third, Caldwell, a junior-college transfer with a good bat, takes this spot.
Tanner English, CF: The speedy junior plays excellent defense, but he must find consistency at the plate and confidence as a base stealer.
Connor Bright, RF: Steady but not flashy, the junior punishes fastballs but needs to develop more plate discipline.
Brison Celek / Taylor Widener, DH: The senior right-handed hitter and the freshman left-handed hitter battle it out. Widener has huge power potential.
Jordan Montgomery, Jack Wynkoop, Wil Crowe, Starters: Montgomery and Wynkoop, the veteran left-handers, are a formidable 1-2 punch, while Crowe, a hard-throwing freshman right-hander, shows promise.
Joel Seddon, Closer: The junior right-hander hasn’t found a niche in his first two seasons. This could be his chance to contribute prominently.
-- Compiled by Neil White