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Gamecocks Trio Taken In MLB Draft

COLUMBIA, SC - South Carolina junior catcher Grayson Greiner was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 3rd round of the 2014 MLB Draft.  Greiner was the No. 99 overall selection.  

Greiner was named the 2013-14 USC Co-Male Student-Athlete of the Year alongside Gamecock football/basketball standout Bruce Ellington.  Greiner has been recognized in the baseball circles as well as he was a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award for the top catcher in college baseball and was on USA Baseball’s Midseason Watch List for the Golden Spikes Award.  Greiner earned SEC All-Defensive team honors fielding .995 this year at catcher with just two errors.  He also recently was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America second team.

Greiner played in 60 games with 58 starts, hit .311 (66-for-212) with 39 runs scored, 50 RBI, 13 doubles and eight homers, also a .389 on-base percentage and a .486 slugging mark. Greiner hit a team-best .327 (37-for-113) in league games with four homers and 24 RBI vs. SEC teams.  Greiner was named SEC Player of the Week on March 31 after his play in the Tennessee series.  Greiner hit a walk-off grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning to lift South Carolina to a 9-6 win over Tennessee.  His play along with Jordan Gore’s walk-off homer was No. 1 on ESPN’s SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays of the Day.

Greiner won the Tom Price award as the MVP for South Carolina in the weekend series vs. Clemson.  Greiner hit .400 (4-for-10) for the weekend with four runs scored.  His grand slam homer helped lift South Carolina to a 9-6 win.  He had a team-high four walks on the weekend as well.

Greiner’s career .994 fielding percentage is the best percentage by a Gamecock catcher in school history (1168 PO, 97 A, 7 E).

South Carolina junior left-handed pitcher Jordan Montgomery was selected by the New York Yankees in the 4th round of the 2014 MLB Draft.  Montgomery was the No. 122 overall selection.  

Montgomery is one of 22 pitchers in South Carolina history with 20 or more wins as he has posted a 20-7 record in his Gamecock career.

This past year, Montgomery led the way on the pitching staff with a 8-5 record and a 3.42 ERA in a team-high 100 innings pitched. He struck out a team-high 95 batters and opponents batted .244 against him.  

Montgomery was very successful in the postseason for the Gamecocks.  He has a career postseason record of 5-0 with a 0.93 ERA in five postseason starts, surrendering just four runs on 20 hits in 38.2 innings.  He allowed just three walks while fanning 35 batters in wins over Clemson and Arkansas in 2012, Liberty and North Carolina in 2013 and Campbell in 2014.

South Carolina junior infielder Joey Pankake was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 7th round of the 2014 MLB Draft.  Pankake was the No. 220 overall selection.  Pankake is the third Gamecock to be drafted in the 2014 MLB Draft with Grayson Greiner also drafted by the Tigers in the 3rd round and Jordan Montgomery picked in the 4th round by the New York Yankees.

Pankake became the 26th player in school history to tally 200 or more hits with a double in the second inning of the Florida game at the SEC Tournament on May 22.  He finished his career with 204 hits in the Garnet & Black.  

Pankake started 58 games in 2014 and hit .303 (67-for-221) with a team-high 52 runs scored, 11 doubles, five homers and 31 RBI as well as a .394 on-base percentage with 30 walks to 21 strikeouts

Pankake hit an identical .303 (36-for-119) in SEC games, second-best on the team with 18 RBI and 19 runs scored.  Pankake earned SEC All-Defensive team honors at third base as well.
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