The USC baseball team has been a participant in the previous 3 national title games (winning the title in 2010 and 2011), and are off to a blistering start to the 2013 postseason as well. The Gamecocks made quick work of their regional, beating St. Louis 7-3 in game one, blowing out Liberty 19-3 in game two, and then beat the Flames once more in a weather postponed game 3, 6-4. USC never even had to face its arch-nemesis, the Clemson Tigers, in Columbia.
The road will get much tougher in round two though, as the Gamecocks will head to Chappel Hill to take on the #1 ranked team in the country, the North Carolina Tar Heels in a super-regional matchup of baseball titans.
The Tar Heels got all they could handle in their regional series from the Owls of Florida Atlantic. The teams were involved in an a classic game Monday night that involved rarely seen fireworks and extra innings. The Tar Heels pulled it out and saved their season, but also had to use some arms in the process.
Gamecock pitching coach Jerry Meyer talked with Phil Kornblut and Bill Gunter Tuesday afternoon on SportsTalk “First Edition” about all things USC/UNC and all things pitching.