Thursday, February 16, 2017

News digest, Feb. 16

Recruits getting acclaim.
* University of South Carolina commitment Luis Campusano of Augusta has been named second-team preseason high school all-American by Baseball America. Campusano is a catcher from Augusta.

* Meanwhile, both Clemson and USC had two players on Baseball America's Top 100 prospects for the MLB draft. No. 53 prospect Kier Meredith, an outfielder from Winston-Salem, and N. 55 Spencer Stringer, a pitcher from Knoxville, are Clemson recruits. No. 69 Kyle Jacobsen, an outfielder from Acworth, Ga., and Campusano, at No. 99, are the USC commitments.

Buccaneers add Chinners
Former Charleston Southern player Nick Chinners has joined the coaching staff. He will work with infield defense as well as hitting.

Game rescheduled
Benedict's Wednesday's rainout against UNC Pembroke has been rescheduled for April 20 in Columbia.

Game previews
* Here is Charleston Southern's preview of its weekend home series with Delaware State.
 * Clemson begins its 120th season with a weekend series against Wright State.
* Coastal Carolina plays for the first time since winning the 2016 national championship when it meets Richmond as part of the Caravelle Resort's Baseball at the Beach. There will be special ceremonies on both Friday and Saturday to recognize the special moments of a year ago.
Chanticleers* College of Charleston opens its season with a series at Georgia.
* Furman begins its 116th season and opens the Brett Harker era with a home series against Dayton.
* Presbyterian opens its season with a road series against Alabama.
Blue Hose
* South Carolina's season-opener against UNC Greensboro will include an observance in memory of Bill "Oot, Oot" Golding, a longtime Gamecocks fan who died earlier this month.
* The Citadel hosts three teams in the Charleston Crab House Shootout at Joe Riley Park.
* USC Upstate opens its season with a home series against Virginia Tech.
* Winthrop opens its season with a home series against Maine.
*Wofford begins the season with a series at Florida State.

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