Good news for South Carolina: slugging senior first baseman Nick Ebert has cleared up his academic issues and will play this weekend against East Carolina, the Gamecocks announced Thursday.
Ebert made a splash last year after transferring from a junior college, batting .321/.468/.713 with 21 home runs and 72 RBIs. His return to the lineup gives South Carolina a formidable pair of mashers in the middle of the lineup (freshman Christian Walker wasted no time settling into the heart of the order last weekend). When Jackie Bradley Jr. returns from his hand injury, the Gamecocks will have one of the strongest lineups in college baseball.
We featured Ebert last March in the "In The Dugout" section of Weekend Preview.
On an unrelated note, be sure to check the College Blog and the Baseball America Twitter feed all weekend, as I'll be posting updates from the Big Ten/Big East Challenge in Florida.
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