Rawl & Pearce Named To NCBWA Preseason All-America

Columbia, S.C. - South Carolina senior pitcher Aaron Rawl and senior infielder Steve Pearce have been named to the 2005 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Preseason All-America Team. Rawl was a first team selection with Pearce named to the third team. The South Carolina baseball team opens the 2005 season on Friday Feb. 11 at 3 p.m. when the Gamecocks host Longwood University at Sarge Frye Field...

Rawl finished his junior season as the team's leading pitcher with a 13-4 record including 98 strikeouts and just 17 walks allowed in 122 innings pitched with a 4.28 ERA. Rawl was a third team All-American selection by the NCBWA last year. The senior from Lexington, S.C. earned SEC Pitcher of the Week honors last season as well after hurling his first career complete game shutout in a 2-0 win over Tennessee on May 15. In his first three season as a member of the Carolina baseball team, Rawl has compiled 26 wins as well as eight saves. He is currently 10th on the All-Time Carolina Wins List.

Pearce was last year's triple crown winner for the Gamecocks leading the team with a .346 batting average, 21 HR and 70 RBI. Pearce was named to the College World Series All-Tournament Team and was the 2004 Columbia Regional MVP following USC's wins over The Citadel and North Carolina. Pearce had two home runs and four RBI in the first win over the Tar Heels and then went 3-for-4 with another homer as South Carolina clinched its fifth consecutive regional championship.

Over the last five seasons South Carolina has won more games than any other Division I baseball team in the nation with 260 victories. South Carolina has made three consecutive trips to the College World Series (2002, 2003, 2004), won two SEC championships (2000, 2002) and earned a SEC Tournament title (2004).

First Team
Pos. Name, School Class BA AB R H HR RBI
1B John Mayberry, Stanford Sr. .333 216 53 72 16 62
2B Jed Lowrie, Stanford Jr. .399 233 72 93 17 68
3B Alex Gordon, Nebraska Jr. .365 211 64 77 18 75
SS Tony Tulowitzki, Long Beach St Jr. .317 230 40 73 7 44
C Kiel Thibault, Gonzaga Jr. .424 205 44 87 3 35
OF Brad Corley, Mississippi State Jr. .380 245 60 93 19 55
OF Steve Carvati, Ohio State Sr. .391 235 46 92 9 52
OF Chris Rahl, William & Mary Jr. .389 229 73 89 20 70
DH/ATH Stephen Head, Ole Miss Jr. .348 221 40 77 12 52
Pitching: 6-2, 3.08 ERA, 16 G, 61.1 IP, 62 H, 15 BB, 53 SO, 5 SV

Pos. Name School Cl. W-L ERA G IP H BB SO SV SP Ricky Romero, Cal State Fullerton Jr. 14-4 3.37 22 155 146 42 126 0
SP Cesar Ramos, Long Beach State Jr. 12-4 2.29 19 133.2 108 35 97 0
SP Aaron Rawl, South Carolina Sr. 13-4 4.28 20 122 135 17 98 0
SP Jeff Lincecum, Washington So. 10-3 3.53 20 112.1 83 82 161 0
RP Will Startup, Georgia Jr. 7-2 2.22 33 81 55 23 70 12
RP Ryan Doherty, Notre Dame Jr. 5-1 2.45 29 33 18 11 44 11
RP Blair Erickson, UC Irvine So. 1-3 4.10 30 37.1 33 21 51 17


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