COLUMBIA - South Carolina junior Grayson Greiner has been named one of 15 semifinalists for the Johnny Bench Award, given annually to the nation's best catcher.
Greiner has helped lead the Gamecocks to a 40-13 record this season. He's batting .344 with 37 runs, a team-high 11 doubles and eight home runs. He's also third in the SEC with 49 RBIs, which he's accumulated in 49 starts this season.
Greiner's clutch batting has been most impressive this season. Earlier this spring, he was named SEC Player of the Week after South Carolina swept Tennessee. Greiner had a two-out, walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Gamecocks to one of their victories against the Volunteers.
Greiner also was named to USA Baseball's Midseason Watch List for the Golden Spikes Award.
The Johnny Bench Award is presented by BaseballSavings.com. Three finalists will be announced on June 3. Each will be brought to Wichita, Kansas, where a winner will be announced on June 26 at the 17th annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet.
The 15 semifinalists are:
Will Allen, Mississippi
Brett Austin, N.C. State
Anthony Azar, Sam Houston State
Aramis Garcia, Florida International
Grayson Greiner, South Carolina
Taylor Gushue, Florida
Sean Hagen, Eastern Kentucky
Mike Hollenbeck, Illinois State
Sean McHugh, Purdue
Brian O'Keefe, Saint Joseph's
Max Pentecost, Kennesaw State
Alex Real, New Mexico
Kyle Schwarber, Indiana
Mark Zagunis, Virginia Tech
Shane Zeile, UCLA
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