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July 3, 2011

Anderson leaving baseball team

South Carolina is down one player outside of the Major League Baseball draft.

Rising sophomore outfielder DeSean Anderson is leaving the program for "academic reasons," he confirmed to GamecockCentral.com on Sunday night. One source told GamecockCentral.com before the postseason began that it would be an issue for Anderson to return in 2012 for the same reason - Anderson was suspended for one week during the regular season for academics - and it has come to fruition. He was eligible to compete in the postseason, but as the source said, going forward, "his academics may not be enough to keep him here."

Anderson did not state a new school that he was considering, but if he wants to play right away, he can transfer to a junior college or to a level below Division I.

Anderson, a freshman from High Point, N.C., hit .191 with five RBIs in 21 games, starting 13. He filled in for Jackie Bradley Jr. on April 23 when Bradley Jr. was hurt at Mississippi State and started the next day, smacking two doubles with a single and a walk as USC took the series two games to one.

Anderson was on the trip to the College World Series and will receive a national championship ring.

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