Carolina’s run in the College World Series came to an end, thanks to the powerful Stanford Cardinal, who defeated USC 13-6. Stanford was a thorn for Carolina in this CWS, as they had also defeated the Gamecocks in the opener 8-0.
USC was held scoreless until the seventh when Brian Buscher connected on a solo homer to end the drought. Buscher ended his career on a high note, going 4-4 in his final game at Carolina. USC had some chances early in this one, but left nine runners on in the first four innings.
Although late home runs by Bryan Triplett and Steven Tolleson closed the gap, it just wasn’t meant to be for Carolina in this CWS. In the previous year, they had made it all the way to the championship game before falling to Texas. Although the team left a little earlier than they had hoped this season, they had added several blocks to the great program Coach Ray Tanner had built.
Omaha had now become a spring tradition for the Gamecocks.