BY JOHN WHITTLE
COLUMBIA, S.C. (TheBigSpur.com)- Sophomores Jordan Gore and Logan Koch will no longer be a part of the South Carolina baseball program.
Gore played in 48 games with 36 starts at shortstop for the Gamecocks in 2015, a season that will see South Carolina likely miss out on the postseason for the first time since 1999. Gore hit .255 with one home run and 20 RBIs on the season. He had a .322 on-base percentage.
Koch started 30 games behind the plate and played in another 14. He hit .179 on the season with two home runs and 10 RBIs. He walked eight times while striking out 22 with an on-base percentage of .240.
South Carolina has two infielders coming in as a part of the 2015 recruiting class that can fill the void left by Gore. Freshman LT Tolbert (Piedmont/IMG Academy) has the pedigree of a shortstop but can also play second base. Neosho C.C. transfer Jonah Bride (Owasso, Okla./Neosho) played predominately third base for his junior college team but can play either shortstop or second base as well.
Behind the plate, rising sophomore Hunter Taylor took on the role as the team's primary catcher later in the season. He will be joined by incoming freshman Chris Cullen (Cumming, Ga./West Forsyth) as the primary options at catcher.
Reserve catcher Thatcher Coleman also is transferring to Presbyterian College. He was on the active roster but did not appear in a game.