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Today in Gamecock History: June 25 - CWS 2010: Michael Roth Becomes A Star
2010 - The start that spawned a Gamecock legend - USC, still facing elimination in the College World Series, sent Michael Roth to the mound for the left hander's first start of the year. Roth simply went out and threw a complete game three hitter to beat Clemson 5-1 and keep USC's title hopes alive. The Gamecocks scored a run in each of the first three innings, as Evan Marzilli led off the game with a double and scored on a ground out by Jackie Bradley Jr. In the second Brady Thomas opened the inning with a double and came around on a single by Adrian Morales, and in the third Marzilli walked, stole second and scored on a double by Bradley. The Tigers put up their lone run in the bottom of the third when Richie Shaffer doubled and scored on a passed ball. Clemson never threatened again as Roth held them to two singles in the final six innings. USC added a run in the fourth on a solo homer by Kyle Enders and one in the sixth on an RBI single by Enders. The win set up a rematch the next day between the same two teams with a championship berth on the line. More...
Today in Gamecock History: June 24 - One Strike From Elimination USC Rallies For Win
2010 - In one of the most storied moments in Gamecock baseball history, USC was down to their final strike and trailed Oklahoma 2-1 in the 12th inning in Omaha. Robert Beary was sitting on second base, having singled to open the inning, but Jackie Bradley Jr. had two strikes on him facing Sooners closer Ryan Duke. Bradley worked the count full then lined a single into right field to score Beary. Reserve first baseman Jeffrey Jones drew a walk, then DH Brady Thomas drilled the first pitch he saw up the middle to bring Bradley home with the winning run. USC's other run came in the eighth when Evan Marzilli doubled and scored on a single by Christian Walker. USC got a strong start from Blake Cooper (5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 6 K) then used five relievers, with Tyler Webb getting the win by pitching a scoreless top of the 12th, coming on after Ethan Carter surrendered a leadoff home run. More...
Today in Gamecock History: June 23 - Triplett Comes Up Big In CWS Win
2004 - The Gamecocks stood one victory away from the College World Series championship game after knocking off Cal State-Fullerton 5-3. Bryan Triplett was the offensive hero on the day for Carolina, hitting a two-run homer in the second to put USC up 3-2, then driving in the winning run in the seventh with a single to score Davy Gregg. The pitching staff shut down the Titans after the fourth as starter Jason Fletcher and Chad Blackwell pitched the final five innings without giving up a hit. Blackwell picked up his 20th save in the game which led the country. Other standouts at the plate included Steve Pearce, who had three hits and drove in the final run of the game, Steve Tolleson, who had a double and a single, and Davy Gregg, who had a pair of hits and scored the go ahead run on Triplett's single. The win set up a rematch with the Titans, who had future MLBers Justin Turner and Kurt Suzuki among its hitters, to face Texas in the championship. More...
Thornwell Picked in NBA Draft
SEC Player of the Year Sindarius Thornwell was drafted Thursday night in the second round by the Milwaukee Bucks, who then traded him to the Los Angeles Clippers. Thornwell, who averaged 21.4 points per game while leading USC to the Final Four, brings much needed defense, toughness and outside scoring ability to the Clips. Teammate PJ Dozier went undrafted but signed a free agent deal with the Los Angeles Lakers after the draft ended.
Today in Gamecock History: June 22 - Gamecocks Knock Miami Out Of CWS
2004 - Carolina eliminated Miami at the College World Series in a 15-11 slugfest. The Gamecocks jumped out to a 12-0 lead in the first four innings and then hung on as the Hurricanes piled on some runs in the late innings. A Steve Pearce homer brought in two runs in the first, then a sac fly by DH Nick Gardiner and a single from Bryan Triplett added two more in the second. Back to back doubles by Pearce and Landon Powell opened the scoring in third, which also included a three run homer by RF Brendan Winn. Steven Tolleson led off the fourth with a solo home run and Michael Campbell added an RBI single, followed by a two-run double from Gardiner. The USC scoring slowed after that, though Davy Gregg had an RBI single in the sixth and Miami errors brought in two more runs in the seventh. Miami scored three in the fifth and one in the seventh, which completed USC starter Billy Buckner's day (7 IP, 4 ER, 10 K), but the Hurricanes really got going with two in the eighth and five in the ninth before reliever Zac McCamie came on and got out the two batters he faced to end the game. USC advanced to take on Cal State-Fullerton after sending the Hurricanes home. More...
Today in Gamecock History: June 21 - Bondurant Pitches CG, Eliminates Clemson
2002 - With a berth in the College World Series championship game on the line, the Gamecocks blasted Clemson 10-2, eliminating the Tigers behind a complete game from pitcher Steven Bondurant. The lefty from the Charlotte area scattered eight hits, allowing just a run in the third and one in the ninth. USC got on the board first, putting up three runs in the second inning on a two-run single by Landon Powell and an RBI single from Kevin Melillo. The Gamecocks added two more in the third as Trey Dyson reached on an error by Tiger SS Khalil Greene and scored on a wild pitch and Garris Gonce singled and eventually came home on a single by Brian Buscher. Carolina really blew it open in the eighth, scoring five runs to push their lead to 10-1. Justin Harris got things going with a double and all the runs scored with two outs. Gonce had a two-run single, Powell brought another home by drawing a walk with the bases loaded and Melillo scored two more on a single to right. Clemson scored one in the ninth and had the bases loaded, but Bondurant got Greene to fly out to Tim Seaton for the final out. USC advanced to play Texas in the championship game with the victory. More...
Barkley Commits To The Gamecocks
Junior college defensive tackle Dantrell Barkley committed to Carolina today over offers from Colorado, Colorado State and Arkansas State and interest from N.C. State, UCF and Kentucky. The 6-4, 285 pounder is a native of Kannapolis, NC where he attended A.L. Brown before heading off to junior college. He is rated by 247Sports.com as the nation's #15 junior college prospect.
Today in Gamecock History: June 20 - Happy Birthday To 3 Key FB Players from 1990
The 1990 Gamecock football team actually had three starters who shared June 20th as a birthday. Defensive end Gerald Dixon led the team with 15 quarterback hurries, while also ranking second in sacks (3) and third in tackles for loss (4). Dixon had 70 tackles on the year, his first on the team after transferring from Garden City Community College. Defensive back Keith McDonald started at the rover position and had 29 tackles, two for losses and two pass breakups in his senior season. Junior receiver Eddie Miller was fourth on the team in receptions with 21 and led the team with a 21.8 yards per catch average. Miller's 457 receiving yards were second on the team. More...
Today in Gamecock History: June 19 - Dyson Swats 2 HR, Eliminates Clemson
2002 - Carolina advanced to within a game of the College World Series championship by defeating Clemson 12-4. Designated hitter Trey Dyson was the offensive star of the victory as he hammered a pair of two-run homers and Landon Powell and Steve Thomas each added home runs. The USC pitching staff got off to a rough start, allowing four runs in the first 3 2/3 innings, but Matt Campbell rode to the rescue from the bullpen, pitching the final 5 1/3 and allowing just two hits and no runs. Seven different Gamecocks had two hits and in addition to Dyson's four RBI, Drew Meyer and Justin Harris each drove in two. The win set up a second USC-Clemson matchup with the winner advancing to the championship game. More...
Gamecocks Land Their 2018 Quarterback
Fort Dorchester standout Dakereon Joyner committed to USC today over N.C. State and other offers. The 6-2, 200 rising senior was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in the state in 2016 after passing for 3642 yards and 44 TDs. The multi-talented signal caller also rushed for 1089 yards and 12 touchdowns while guiding his team to the state semi-finals. Joyner will come in as a freshman during Jake Bentley's junior year, setting him up at this point as the logical successor at quarterback.
Today in Gamecock History: June 18 - Rawl, Gamecock Bats Eliminate Georgia Tech
2002 - The Gamecocks eliminated Georgia Tech with a 9-5 victory in the College World Series. USC jumped out to a 5-2 lead and held off a late Yellow Jacket rally. The Carolina scoring started in the third when Drew Meyer reached on a fielder's choice and came around to score on a wild pitch and a passed ball. Meyer added an RBI single in the fourth, while Landon Powell had a two-run single and Meyer scored on an error to account for the first five USC runs. Steve Thomas added a solo home run in the seventh, then USC added three more in the eighth on another RBI single from Meyer and a two-run homer by Justin Harris. Aaron Rawl pitched the whole game for Carolina to improve his record to 7-1 on the year. More...
Today in Gamecock History: June 17 - Happy Birthday Phil Disher!
No victories on the calendar for today's date in USC's baseball history, so we'll say happy birthday to former Gamecock baseball standout Phil Disher. The Aiken native was a two-time All-SEC honoree and was named an All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association in 2007. Disher was the MVP of the Charlottesville NCAA Regional in 2006 and was also named to the All-Regional team in 2007. Among USC awards he also won the Fred Brinkman Inspirational Award in 2005 and the Irby Raines Coaches' Award in 2007. Disher clubbed 34 home runs over his final two seasons in a Gamecock uniform, finishing his career with a .297 average, 42 home runs and 148 runs driven in. Disher played two seasons in the Astros chain, hitting .304 with 13 home runs in 2008 and has also coached at USC-Aiken.