South Carolina’s great run came to an end one game short of the trophy. The Gamecocks fell to powerful Texas 5-1 in the championship game of the 1975 College World Series.
The Texas Longhorns set the tone early when Reichenbach hit a two-run home run off of Earl Bass in the third inning, staking the ‘Horns to an early 3-0 lead. UT pitcher Richard Worthem limited the Gamecocks to only four hits while fanning nine batters to earn the victory. A Hank Small homer accounted for USC’s lone run, while All-American Earl Bass (16-1) suffered his only loss of the season.
It was quite an incredible season for the Gamecocks. They posted an overall record of an impressive 51-6-1, while outscoring their opponents 389 to 139. Coach Bobby Richardson had quietly built a very strong program that had and would experience unprecedented success.