It was an exciting day for USC as it took the field for the first time in the great Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament.
The Gamecocks had earned the No. 2 seed during its first SEC season. This year’s tournament was held in New Orleans, and it was Arkansas who was the first opponent.
USC trailed 6-1 after six innings, but a big three-run homer just around the left field foul pole by All-SEC LF Jerry Shepherd tied the score at 6 in the seventh inning. The score remained tied until the ninth inning when a two-out two-run double put the Razorbacks ahead 8-6. Carolina was held scoreless in the bottom of the ninth and the Hogs took the victory.
Even though Carolina came up short on the scoreboard, it was still a memorable day. The Gamecocks’ program would forever be mentioned as a participant in the SEC Tournament.