Baseball Team Finishes Sixth

Ray Tanner's Yardbirds finished the season with style and ranked once again among the elite in The United States of America ...

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's

NCAA Div. I Poll (As of June 24, 2003)

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Rank School (Record) Points Previous
  1. Rice (58-12) 495   1
  2. Stanford (51-18) 493   3
  3. Cal. St. Fullerton (50-16) 490   2
  4. Texas (50-20) 487   5
  5. Miami, Fla. (45-17-1) 485   6
  6. South Carolina (45-22) 484   7
  7. Louisiana St. (45-22-1) 483   4
  8. S.W. Missouri St. (40-26) 480   8
  9. Florida St. (54-13-1) 479   9
10. Arizona St. (54-14) 477 10
11. Long Beach St. (41-20) 474 11
12. North Carolina St. (45-18) 471 12
13. Baylor (45-23) 469 13
14. Georgia Tech. (44-18) 465 14
15. Nebraska (47-18) 457 15
16. Houston (37-30) 449 16
17. Texas A&M (45-19) 444 17
18. Ohio St. (44-21) 442 18
19. North Carolina (42-23) 439 19
20. Auburn (42-21) 438 20
21. Richmond (48-15) 436 21
22. Lamar (40-18) 435 22
23. Florida Atlantic (47-16) 432 23
24. Mississippi St. (42-20-1) 429 24
25. Southern Miss. (47-16) 427 25
26. Nevada-Las Vegas (47-17) 424 26
27. Washington (42-18) 421 27
28. Notre Dame (45-18) 418 28
29. South Alabama (42-19) 415 29
30. U.C. Riverside (41-17) 412 30


Tanner & Campbell Begin Practice At U.S. National Team Trials

South Carolina Head Coach Ray Tanner Is In His Fifth Stint With USA Baseball

Tucson, Ariz. - The 2003 USA Baseball National Team Trials opened this past Saturday evening with two members of the South Carolina program in the mix. Carolina head coach Ray Tanner and LHP Matt Campbell have donned the red, white & blue as the U.S. National Team prepares for the 2003 Pan American Games in Tucson, Arizona.

With his seventh season completed at Carolina, head coach Ray Tanner is beginning his fifth stint with USA Baseball and his first as head coach. Tanner has led the Carolina baseball program to two consecutive appearances at the College World Series and four SEC Eastern Division championships over the last five years. Tanner owns a 319-135 record in seven years at South Carolina. Tanner was an assistant coach under head coach Tommy Lasorda with the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team that won the gold medal in Sydney, Australia. Tanner also served as an assistant on the 1993, 1995 and 1996 U.S. squads.

Fresh off a win at the College World Series vs. LSU, left-handed pitcher Matt Campbell is one of 34 collegiate players invited trying to secure a spot on the 20-man roster for the 2003 USA National Team. Campbell finished his sophomore year with a 6-4 record with 82 strikeouts and a 3.48 ERA in 82 2/3 innings pitched. Campbell became only the second pitcher in SEC history to earn SEC Pitcher of the Week honors three times in one year. In addition to his conference accolades, the southpaw from Simpsonville, S.C. also twice earned National Player of the Week honors from Collegiate Baseball. Entering the 2003 season, Campbell was rated the No. 47 best sophomore college prospect in the nation by Baseball America. Campbell's invitation marks the second consecutive year a Gamecock player has earned an invite to the U.S. National Team Trials. Catcher Landon Powell earned a spot on the 2002 U.S. National Team.

Following selection of the 20-man roster, the U.S. National Team will open competition on July 2, 2003 in Durham, N.C. in the first of a five-game series vs. Japan. USA Baseball will play eight games this season in Durham, N.C. and two in Myrtle Beach, S.C. USA will face Japan in the third and fourth games of the series at Coastal Federal Field on July 4 at 5:05 p.m. and July 5 at 12:30 p.m. The U.S. National Team begins a six-game tour on July 9 with the squad traveling across the Northeast U.S. with games in Danbury, Conn., Torrington, Conn., North Adams, Mass., Keene, N.H., Sanford, Maine and Newport, R.I. The Pan American Games begin on August 1, 2003 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

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