Former Gamecocks Standout Jackie Bradley, Jr. Joins DriveSeptember 1, 2011 - South Atlantic League (SAL) Greenville Drive
Bradley, Jr. joins the Drive in Hickory, NC where they begin a five-game series with the Crawdads at L.P. Frans Stadium. Appearing in six games with the Spinners after signing right before the deadline, Bradley, Jr. hit .190 (4-for-21) with five runs scored. The 21-year-old outfielder recorded his first professional hit on August 24th versus Tri-City, a game in which he was 2-for-3 and scored a pair of runs.
As a junior for the Gamecocks baseball team in 2011, Bradley, Jr. was named to the All-SEC Defensive Team, the second straight year in which he received that honor. During his three-year career at the University of South Carolina, he hit .331 (218-for-659) with 30 homers, 133 RBI, and became the 24th player in school history to record 200 or more hits.
During his sophomore year in 2010, Bradley, Jr. led the Gamecocks with a .368 (89-for-242) average, and was named both the Most Outstanding Player and to the All-Tournament Team at the College World Series where South Carolina won their first National Championship. The Gamecocks successfully defended their title in 2011, becoming just the ninth repeat champion in College World Series history, and first since Oregon State (2006 and 2007).
No stranger to Greenville, Bradley, Jr. played in four games at the Drive's home stadium - Fluor Field - during his collegiate career. He amassed a .412 (7-for-17) average with two home runs, six RBI, and six runs scored, as well as collecting two doubles in those games, which included a pair of victories over archrival, the Clemson Tigers.
With the Drive, as well as the Augusta GreenJackets, Asheville Tourists, and Rome Braves all in contention for the Southern Division's second playoff spot, fans will now play the waiting game to see if postseason baseball returns to Fluor Field for the third straight season. The Savannah Sand Gnats are currently in 1st place with a 1.0 game lead over Augusta, while the Drive and Tourists are tied for 3rd place 2.0 games behind the Sand Gnats. Rome is 5.0 games out of 1st place.
Having already won the Southern Division's 1st half crown, should the Sand Gnats claim it once again the Drive would advance to the playoffs as the Wild Card, having already locked up the Southern Division's next best overall record. Tickets for all potential playoff games at Fluor Field - September 7, 15-17 - are currently on sale and can be purchased by visiting the Fluor Field Box Office, calling charge-by-phone at (864) 240-4528, or by logging onto www.GreenvilleDrive.com.
South Atlantic League Stories from September 1, 2011
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- Power Shutout Shorebirds in Opener, 2-0 - Delmarva Shorebirds
- Home Runs Help Drive Defeat Hickory, 8-3 - Greenville Drive
- GreenJackets Fall 6-1 in Series Opener - Augusta GreenJackets
- Matzek Helps Send Tourists to 5-4 Win Over 'Dogs - Charleston RiverDogs
- BlueClaws Win 2nd Straight - Lakewood BlueClaws
- Greensboro Capitalizes on Intimidators' Errors - Kannapolis Intimidators
- Savannah Breaks Tie in 9th, Beats Legends 6-5 - Lexington Legends
- Former Gamecocks Standout Jackie Bradley, Jr. Joins Drive - Greenville Drive
- Gnats Game Notes: Thursday, September 1 at Lexington - Savannah Sand Gnats
- Juan Jaime Heads to DL - Rome Braves
- Shorebirds Game Notes: Vs. West Virginia - Delmarva Shorebirds
- Former Shorebird Kyle Hudson Called up to Orioles - Delmarva Shorebirds
- Power Game Notes - West Virginia Power
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