Jackie Bradley Jr. made a triumphant return to the USC baseball team Sunday night. He finished the night 1-4 and did a solid job defensively in center field. He didn’t look rusty in the first inning when he fired a laser to home trying to cut down a Texas A&M player at the plate. The runner was called safe but as you can see in the picture to the right, he was clearly out.
That play didn’t end up costing the Gamecocks in a 5-4 win over the Aggies. Bradley Jr. batted ninth in the order Sunday, although he could be moving up in the order Tuesday night. He told reporters Monday he is ready to go wherever he is in the order.
Ray Tanner sounded like he was planning on moving JBJ up a few slots. SportsTalk college baseball analyst Trey Dyson, a former Gamecock standout and College World Series veteran, said on the show he expects Bradley Jr. to slide into the three-hole with Christian Walker moving to the cleanup spot.