Carolina made its first appearance in the College World Series, and picked up the first-ever victory, defeating Seton Hall by a score of 3-1.
Starting pitcher Earl Bass ran his season record to an incredible 16-0 with the victory in the CWS. However, it took some sparkling relief help from senior lefty Mike Cromer to lock it up for Bass. Cromer relieved Bass in the eighth with two runners on base, and no outs. But, the Pirates were unable to do any further damage, as Cromer retired three straight in the eighth and ninth innings to pick up the save. Carolina also was the beneficiary of poor defense by Seton Hall, as the Pirates committed four errors in the game.
Thankfully, the USC pitchers were sharp, as the bats were a bit quiet in this game. Garry Hancock and Hank Small did pick up two hits each to lead the way for the Gamecocks.