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Koumas named to All-SEC freshman baseball squad

Posted: May 26, 2011 12:58 p.m.
Updated: May 27, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Forrest Koumas, who helped Lugoff-Elgin to the 2010 AAA state baseball championship, was named to the All-SEC freshman baseball team as one of the two pitchers selected to the squad.

The announcement of the team was made Wednesday, prior to the start of the SEC Tournamert.

A true freshman at the University of South Carolina, Koumas took a 6-0 regular season record into his scheduled start in Thursday evening’s SEC second round game against Vanderbilt in Hoover, Ala.

Koumas, a 5-foot-10, 210-pound right-hander, had a 3.05 ERA in 59.0 innings pitched with 53 strikeouts to just 22 walks in the regular season for the SEC East Division champions. Opponents hit only .234 against him. Koumas earned the win in the 6-3 victory vs. Alabama last Friday in helping the Gamecocks clinch the division crown. He allowed one run on five hits in five innings in that contest.

On the season, five of Koumas’ six victories have come against SEC teams.

Koumas earned SEC Co-Freshman of the Week honors after he pitched 6.1 scoreless innings in the 4-1 win over Kentucky on April 3. That effort came just three days after his hospital earlier in the week due to an allergic reaction. Koumas was effective in his second career start as he limited the Wildcats to just two hits and one walk while striking out three batters.

After earning SEC Co-Freshman of the Week honors, Koumas served up an encore top performance as the he worked a career-high 7.1 innings and struck out a career-high seven batters and the Gamecocks rallied with two runs in the sixth inning to come from behind and defeat Tennessee 2-1 to sweep a three-game SEC baseball series at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. After yielding a run in the first inning, Koumas settled in and limited the Vols to just three hits on the afternoon and two walks while tallying seven strikeouts.

Koumas improved to 5-0 with a win vs. Auburn in 7-3 victory on May 1, allowing two runs on four hits in five innings with three strikeouts. He made his first career start and had no-decision in 2-1 loss at Florida on March 26. In that game, he worked six innings, allowed one run, unearned, on two hits with five strikeouts and two walks.

The first two victories of Koumas’ USC career came in relief appearances in Gamecock victories over rivals Georgia (March 20) and Clemson on March 8.

Following the final game of his four-year high school career at L-E, Koumas was named as the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year, a Louisville Slugger High School All-American before being selected by the Texas Rangers in the 48th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft.

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