USC baseball: Final active roster; projected Opening Day lineup

nwhite@thestate.comFebruary 15, 2013 

  • THIS WEEKEND WHO: USC vs. Liberty WHERE: Carolina Stadium WHEN: 3 p.m. Friday, 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday

The projected batting order for South Carolina's Opening Day game Friday against Liberty. (The final active roster is below.)

1. TANNER ENGLISH. CF

Leadoff hitter has learned to switch hit.

2. GRAHAM SAIKO, LF

Holbrook likes his bat control in second spot.

3. MAX SCHROCK, 2B

Freshman called the best hitter on the team.

4. JOEY PANKAKE, SS

Showed pop in 2012 with 15 doubles.

5. LB DANTZLER, 1B

Second with 10 home runs in 2012.

6. GRAYSON GREINER, C

Freshman All-American healthy, stronger.

7. ERIK PAYNE, DH

Right- handed hitter has won DH job.

8. T.J. COSTEN, RF

Good mix of speed and power.

9. CHASE VERGASON, 3B

High on-base percentage good for No. 9 hole.

Final active roster

(Released Friday morning, the roster does not include Ryan Ripken or USC football player Kwinton Smith. Pitcher Hunter Privette, who was on the active roster last year, was among the final cuts.)

No. Name Pos. Ht./Wt. Cl. Hometown
3Tanner EnglishOF5-9/160So.Murrells Inlet
4Connor BrightINF5-11/170So.Mt. Pleasant
5Patrick HarringtonOF/C5-10/185So.Virginia Beach, Va.
6Joel SeddonRHP6-0/165So.St. Clair, Mich.
7Shon CarsonOF5-8/192Fr.Lake City
8T.J. CostenINF5-10/175So.Virginia Beach, Va.
9Joey PankakeINF6-1/200So.Easley
10Drake ThomasonRHP6-1/205So.Greenville
11Sean SullivanOF6-2/200Sr.Columbia
13Jack WynkoopLHP6-5/185Fr.Virginia Beach, Va.
14Evan BealRHP6-4/190So.Fairfax Station, Va.
15Nolan BelcherLHP5-8/155Sr.Augusta, Ga.
16Chase VergasonINF5-11/180Sr.Orlando, Fla.
18Dante RosenbergC5-11/180Sr.Coral Springs, Fla.
19DC ArendasINF6-0/175Fr.Greensboro, N.C.
20LB DantzlerINF5-11/205Sr.Winter Haven, Fla.
21Grayson GreinerC6-5/210So.Columbia
22Max SchrockINF5-9/175Fr.Chapel Hill, N.C.
23Vince FioriLHP5-11/185Fr.Ramsey, N.J.
24Brison Celek1B/OF6-0/225Jr.Charleston
25Adam WestmorelandLHP6-5/270Sr.Cayce
26Graham SaikoOF5-11/175Jr.Newburgh, Ind.
27Forrest KoumasRHP5-11/215Jr.Elgin
28George IskenderianINF6-0/190Fr.Englewood Cliffs, N.J.
30Erik PayneINF6-1/200Jr.Richmond, Va.
33Kyle Martin1B6-1/225So.Simpsonville
34Jordan MontgomeryLHP6-4/225So.Sumter
35Curt BrittRHP/1B6-1/230Fr.Laurinburg, N.C.
37Josh KnabRHP6-0/175Jr.Conway
38Tyler WebbLHP6-6/225Sr.Nassawadox, Va.
39Patrick SullivanRHP6-2/200Sr.Columbia
42Ahmad ChristianOF-INF5-10/189Fr.Jacksonville, Fla.
43Alex SatterfieldRHP6-2/180Fr.Laurens
44Colby HolmesRHP5-11/200Sr.Conway
46Tyler JacksonRHP6-6/190Fr.Piedmont

COACHING STAFF

Head Coach: Chad Holbrook

Associate Head Coach: Jerry Meyers

Assistant Coach: Sammy Esposito

Volunteer Assistant: Brian Buscher

Student Assistant Coach: Drew Meyer

Strength & Conditioning Coach: Billy Anderson

Associate Athletic Trainer: Brainard Cooper

Director of Operations: Kyle Lipsey

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