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USC's Greiner Named a Freshman All-American

Catcher from Blythewood High receives the honor along with Gamecock teammate Jordan Montgomery.

USC catcher Grayson Greiner, who starred at Blythewood High, was named to the 2012 Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American team on Wednesday by Collegiate Baseball.

Fellow Gamecock and former Sumter High School ace, pitcher Jordan Montgomery, was also selected to the team.

Greiner, a SEC All-Freshman selection, has played in 55 games with 48 starts and owns a .236 batting average (41-for-174) with six homers and 31 RBI and has been impeccable behind the plate, throwing out 17 runners attempting to steal. 

Montgomery, named to the NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team this past weekend, owns a 5-1 record with a 4.05 ERA with 51 strikeouts and just nine walks in 66.2 innings pitched.

Greiner missed the Columbia Regional this past weekend after tearing the lateral meniscus in his left knee during a batting practice, but could be back behind the plate this coming weekend when the Gamecocks host a Super Regional opening round against Oklahoma.

For season highlights for both Greiner and Montgomery, click here.

In addition to Greiner and Montgomery, a handful of other players from S.C. colleges also were named to the freshmen All-American Team on Wednesday.

They include:

  • RP Chad Sobotka, USC-Upstate — Named to the Atlantic Sun All-Freshmen Team, Sobotka posted 12 saves and a 3-0 record to go along with a 1.72 ERA. He fanned 34 batters and walked 16 over 31 1/3 innings in 25 appearances.
  • RP Elliott Warford, Furman — An All-Freshmen Southern Conference pick, Warford was 6-0 with 7 saves as he put together a 3.61 ERA. He struck out 36 batters in 52 1/3 innings over 31 appearances.
  • OF Chase Shelton, Charleston Southern — A second team Big South pick, Shelton hit .344 with 13 doubles, 4 homers and 29 RBI.

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