One can only marvel at USC coach Ray Tanner. Three wins away from a second straight national championship and he’s as humble as he was the day he first arrived at USC in 1997 and failed to make the NCAA Tournament. Tanner is working with the Golden Touch right now. He’s the Midas Man. If it only seems like every decision he makes works out in the Gamecocks’ favor, it’s because every decision he makes does work out in the Gamecocks’ favor. Tuesday’s win over Virginia provided more evidence. Tanner moved Jackie Bradley Jr. up to the four hole in his second game back. The result? Two hits, an RBI and a stolen base. Tanner kept Brady Thomas in the lineup a night after he went 0-4 with three strikeouts. The result? A 3-4 night with an RBI. Tanner removed Colby Holmes in the 5th inning when he sensed a potential Virginia rally. The result? John Taylor comes in and gets a 1-2-3 double play on his second pitch. Taylor allows one hit in 4.2 innings and picks up his 7th win. With two days off, I’m trying to convince Tanner to join me at the $5 table at Harrah’s in Council Bluffs. With his golden touch, I’d win enough money to actually pay for this trip.
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