Story by: Joshua Jurnovoy
The South Carolina baseball team arrived in Omaha with hopes of winning the College World Series. Today, they began preparing to accomplish that goal.
The Gamecocks held practice today from 2-3pm at Rosenblatt stadium. After practice, they got to spend some time with their fans as they held an autograph session.
Ray Tanner press conference:
USC’s first game will be against the Oklahoma Sooners on Sunday at 2pm. The Sooners carry a record of 49-16 into the game. The Sooners finished the regular season with seven straight wins and defeated the Virginia Cavliers 11-0 in game 3 of their Super Regional.
The Gamecocks will send senior pitcher Blake Cooper to the mound to try and silence the Sooner bats. Cooper has won 12 games on the season while only losing once. He has struck out 105 batters and is holding opponents to a batting average of just .227.
The Gamecocks bats have been hot as of late, scoring at least nine runs in four of their last five games. They are led by junior outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr., who hit a 3-run home in the clinching super regional game and currently has a 14-game hitting streak, and freshman infielder Christian Walker, who hit a game winning home run in the bottom of the 8th of the clinching game as well.
USC pitcher Jay Brown interview:
Sooner junior pitcher Michael Rocha will be faced with the task of trying to stop the Gamecock offense. Rocha is 7-2 on the season with and ERA of 3.57.
The game will be televised on ESPN.