Saiko dismissed from USC baseball team

COLUMBIA, S.C (WACH) - South Carolina outfielder Graham Saiko is no longer a part of the baseball program according to head coach Chad Holbrook.

Holbrook made the announcement Tuesday afternoon.

"Graham is a terrific young man that has done great things both on the field and in the classroom," said Holbrook. "At this time, Graham and I have mutually agreed that it is in his best interest to focus his attention on obtaining his degree from the University of South Carolina. We certainly appreciate all Graham has given to our baseball program and we wish him well in his future endeavors."

Saiko started 56 games last season and hit .263, with two home runs and 29 RBI. He also stole 12 bases.

Reports indicate Saiko's dismissal is for a violation of team rules, but do not offer any specifics.

The Indiana native started his college career at Oklahoma State before transferring after two seasons. Saiko played at Tallahassee Community College in Florida before coming to Columbia.

Saiko figured to have a spot in the outfield this season alongside Tanner English and Connor Bright. Instead, the Gamecocks will need to look for a replacement when fall practice opens Friday.

Reserve outfielder T.J. Costen transferred from the program earlier this summer.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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