COLUMBIA - South Carolina coach Chad Holbrook spoke for more than 30 minutes with the media Tuesday afternoon, wrapping up the Gamecocks 2014 baseball season and looking ahead to 2015.
For the first time in five years, South Carolina's season ended short of the NCAA Super Regionals. While the eight College World Series participants were finalized Monday, Holbrook had to watch from home.
"We're still disappointed," Holbrook said. "I'm not sure we've gotten over the disappointment of our season being over yet."
Here are some quick highlights of Holbrook's news conference. Get full coverage later on PostandCourier.com and in Wednesday's edition of The Post and Courier.
? Holbrook said Kyle Martin is undecided on his future after the junior first baseman was drafted in the 20th round by the Los Angeles Angels. On one hand, Martin is close to graduating with an engineering major. Of course, playing professional baseball is Martin's dream. Holbrook said he'll support Martin no matter what he decides, but added that the first baseman who led USC with a .336 batting average "is a big piece of the puzzle for next year."
? Holbrook said South Carolina "dodged some bullets" with its signing class. He thought a few signees could go pro out of high school, but all are expected to report to school by August.
? Holbrook said Max Schrock got "a really good report" after seeing a back specialist out of state. Schrock is taking the summer off. "He needs rest," Holbrook said. More on Schrock's condition later.
? Holbrook also openly discusses his first two seasons as head coach, and South Carolina's inability to reach the College World Series during that time. He had some really interesting comments. You'll find them shortly on PostandCourier.com