Story by: Joshua Jurnovoy
Monday afternoon, the South Carolina Gamecocks baseball team was on the practice field trying to erase the memories of their opening round game of the College World Series.
After failing to come out on top in their opening game of the College World Series against the Oklahoma Sooners, the Gamecocks baseball team finds itself facing elimination tomorrow as they take on the Arizona State Sun Devils tomorrow in the second game of the losers’ bracket.
Ray Tanner press conference
The Gamecocks lost 4-3 yesterday to the Sooners in a game in which they sat through two rain delays totaling 6 hours and 16 minutes. Gamecock starter Blake Cooper pitched six innings, allowed three runs on six hits in five innings with five strikeouts and one walk as he suffered his second loss of the season. In the elimination game tomorrow, the Gamecocks will send junior pitcher Sam Dyson to the mound. Dyson is 5-5 on the season with an ERA of 4.35. He struggled in the Gamecocks’ super regional victory over Coastal Carolina giving up four runs and four hits in just one and one third innings pitched.
Sam Dyson press conference
The Sun Devils fell to the Clemson Tigers in their opening round game, 6-3. The top seed in the tournament, the Sun Devils fell to 52-9 on the season with their loss to the Tigers. Sun Devils number one starter, Seth Blair was roughed up by the Tiger lineup, allowing seven hits and five earned runs and matchin his career high with five walks over 4.1 innings. It was Blair’s first loss of the season.
Right handed pitcher Merrill Kelley, Arizona State’s number two starter, will be faced with the task of staving off elimination for the Sun Devils. Kelley is 10-2 on the season with a 3.57 ERA. He has allowed just four home runs in 98.1 innings pitched this season.
The game can be seen at 4:30 eastern time tomorrow on ESPN2.