Seven Gamecocks Taken In The MLB Draft

Seven of Ray Tanner's Yardbirds have been selected during the first two days of Major League Baseball's draft ...

Five Gamecocks Selected On First Day Of The Major League Baseball Draft

Brian Buscher Selected In Third Round By San Francisco Giants

Columbia, S.C. - South Carolina baseball players, Brian Buscher, David Marchbanks, Steven Bondurant, Justin Harris and Jon Coutlangus were selected on the first day of the Major League Baseball Draft.

Buscher, an All-American and All-SEC standout this season at third base, was drafted in the third round of the draft by the San Francisco Giants. Buscher leads the SEC in hitting with a .384 batting average and leads Carolina in HR (12) and RBI (58). Buscher has collected 31 multi-hit games this year for the Gamecocks and owned a 14-game hitting streak as well as a 11-game hitting streak this season.

The SEC Pitcher of the Year and a first team All-American selection by Collegiate Baseball, Marchbanks was selected in the seventh round by the Florida Marlins. Among the nation's leaders in wins, Marchbanks has a 14-2 record with a 2.36 ERA and leads the SEC in wins (14), innings pitched (126) and earned run average (2.36). The junior from Simpsonville, S.C. owns 92 strikeouts on the year and has allowed just 19 walks. In his three-year career at Carolina, Marchbanks has accumulated a 30-7 record and is currently tied for seventh on the All-Time Gamecock Wins List.

Bondurant, a captain along with Brian Buscher, was selected in the 15th round by the Oakland A's. Bondurant has pitched 101 2/3 innings this year for Carolina and owns a 6-3 record with a 3.90 ERA. Bondurant has struck out 89 batters with just 29 walks.

Harris was selected in the 16th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates. The senior from Longwood, Fla. has started 61 of 62 games for Carolina and is batting .352 with 12 doubles, three HR and 32 RBI. Harris had a 17-game hitting streak earlier this season, the longest on the team.

Coutlangus was also selected by the San Francisco Giants and was drafted in the 18th round. Coutlangus has started 60 games this year in center field, is batting .332 on the year and leads the team in stolen bases with 14.

In addition to the five current members of the Carolina baseball program selected in the draft, six Gamecock signees were also selected on the first day. The Los Angeles Dodgers used their first draft pick to select RHP Chad Billingsley (21st overall pick). Other signees drafted were LHP Darin Downs (5th round/Chicago Cubs), C Matt Pagnozzi (8th round/St. Louis Cardinals), RHP Billy Buckner (9th round/Tampa Bay Devil Rays), INF Steven Reinhold (13th round/Cleveland Indians and C Rob Johnson (18th round/Philadelphia Phillies).

Two More Gamecocks Selected In Major League Baseball Draft

Chris Hernandez & Landon Powell Drafted On Second Day

Columbia, S.C. - Two more members of the University of South Carolina baseball team have been drafted on the second day of the Major League Baseball Draft. Senior RHP Chris Hernandez was drafted in the 22nd round by the Pittsburgh Pirates and junior C Landon Powell was selected in the 25th round by the Chicago Cubs.

Now in his second season at Carolina, Hernandez has compiled a 5-4 record with a 2.71 ERA this season, including three complete games, including last weekend's complete game shutout in Carolina's 4-0 win vs. ECU at the Atlanta Regional. Hernandez has 47 strikeouts and 23 walks in 76 1/3 innings pitched.

An All-SEC performer and a semi-finalist to the Johnny Bench Award, Powell is one of three captains this year for Carolina and has batted .327 with seven HR and 52 RBI. One of the top defensive catchers in the nation, Powell has started and played all 62 games this year and owns a .994 fielding percentage.

A total of seven current Gamecock players have been chosen in this year's MLB Draft. Brian Buscher (3rd Round/San Francisco), David Marcbanks (7th Round/Florida), Steven Bondurant (15th Round/Oakland), Justin Harris (16th Round/Pittsburgh), and Jon Coutlangus (18th Round/San Francisco).

The Major League Baseball Draft continues through to the 50th round.

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