The June Raines era began today for Carolina baseball, with an impressive 11-0 victory over Coastal Carolina in his first game. Raines had big shoes to fill, as he stepped in for the retired Bobby Richardson. He did just fine thank you, posting a record of 763-380-2 in his 20 seasons at USC.
Pitcher Jim Lewis was incredible for the Gamecocks in this game, as he fired a one-hit shutout, striking out 15. CF Mookie Wilson scored twice in the blowout victory. Lewis had a good season, winning 11 games for Carolina in 1977
It was a very impressive first year for Coach Raines. Carolina finished with an impressive 43-12-1 record, and made it all the way to the College World Series championship game before losing to Arizona State in Omaha.