COLUMBIA — A former South Carolina pitcher pleaded guilty Monday to six charges involving three campus burglaries, calling his actions a "bad decision."
Nick Fuller, who was Tampa Bay's third-round pick in the 2006 Major League Baseball draft but chose instead to attend USC, was sentenced to 18 months probation by Circuit Judge James Barber. The 19-year-old pitcher from Marietta, Ga., also must perform 200 hours of community service and pay $870 in court costs and restitution.
Fuller was accused of stealing $3,100 from an assistant coach's locker in March and taking three laptop computers from an academic center, according to university police reports.
The baseball funds were "meal money" the coaches were to hand out to players remaining on campus during spring break, USC coach Ray Tanner has said.
Fuller and former teammate Lonnie Chisenhall also were charged with taking a flat-screen TV, a PlayStation system and several games and DVDs from a resident advisor's dorm room last March.
Fuller enrolled in Walter State Community College in Morristown, Tenn., and joined the baseball team.
Chisenhall was also scheduled to enter a plea Monday, but an attorney scheduling conflict put that on hold.
Fuller faced up to 15 years on each of the burglary charges and up to five years on each on the grand larceny charges. He could spend up to five 5 years in a youth facility if he violates probation.
The Citadel's 2008 baseball schedule, which will open Feb. 22 at home against Delaware, features 25 of the first 28 games at the Bulldogs' Riley Park home.
In all, 37 of the 56 games on the schedule will be at home. Louisville, a 2007 College World Series team, comes in Feb. 29-March 2 for the four-team Charleston Memorial Firefighter Challenge.
The Bulldogs will spend 37 of their scheduled 56 games at home. South Carolina, an NCAA Super Regional participant last season, comes to Riley Park on April 1. The Citadel also hosts the Southern Conference Tournament in May.
The Bulldogs will be at home for five of their nine Southern Conference series. They start league play March 14 at Elon.