The USC baseball team practiced indoors Saturday for about an hour, the Gamecock’s final workout before taking the field Sunday night against Texas A&M in the College World Series. The Gamecocks took some infield and batting practice then called it a day. The team planned to be in attendance for today’s games at TD Ameritrade Stadium though coach Ray Tanner said he likely would watch the games from the hotel.
Again Saturday, centerfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. said his wrist felt 100% and he is ready to play when called on. And that could come as early as Sunday night. Centerfielder Evan Marzilli is dealing with a pulled hamstring, an injury Tanner said would not have allowed him to play in a game Friday. Marzilli showed improvement Saturday. He did not take batting practice but he did run. But he is not yet 100% and it showed during sprints as he seemed to be favoring his leg.
After practice, Tanner gave the media one more briefing on his team.
Lefthander Michael Roth is set to start for the Gamecocks Sunday night night. He’s 13-3 with a 1.02 ERA. A&M will start righthander Ross Stripling. The 6-3 Stripling is 14-2 with a 2.29 ERA.
This will be the first ever meeting between the Gamecocks and Aggies, but not the first time the two head coaches have faced off. A&M coach Rob Childress was the pitching coach at Nebraska in 2002 when the Gamecocks defeated the Cornhuskers 10-8 in their second game of the College World Series.