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Tanner dismisses Rihn after arrest

Casey Rihn has been dismissed from the South Carolina baseball team, Gamecocks coach Ray Tanner said Monday.

Rihn was arrested early Sunday morning in Five Points by Columbia police on charges of public drunkenness, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.

Tanner made the decision to drop the backup second baseman from La Habra, Calif., who hit .321 in limited playing time this season, after meeting with him Sunday.

Tanner called the transfer from Santa Ana Junior College a quality person and a strong student, but he believed a standard needs to be in place for the program.

“He made a bad decision, and you’re responsible for your decision,” Tanner said. “There are penalties. There are consequences.”

He said the decision was a difficult one.

“I don’t like being the tough guy,” Tanner said. “It’s just the right thing to do.”

He met with the team Monday and said he doesn’t believe the incident will be a distraction as the team prepares for its 9:30 p.m. SEC tournament opener against Alabama on Wednesday.