Matt Price may be the USC closer but that doesn’t mean he is a one inning guy. Ray Tanner has not been afraid to call on Price in the seventh or eighth inning this season and Friday night was no different. Price entered the game with one out in the eighth and the Gamecocks holding a 2-1 lead. 5 2/3 innings and 95 pitches later Price left the game with the win and the Gamecocks heading back to the CWS Finals.
Price’s high pitch count means his availability for Monday is in question. USC will play Florida at 7:00 Monday night in game one of a best of three series for the national title.