For the second time in a three year span, Carolina comes up short in the College World Series championship game. The Arizona State Sun Devils edged USC 2-1 in a great, highly contested title game.
Starting pitchers Jim Lewis of USC, and Jerry Vazquez of ASU matched up in what turned into a tight pitchers’ duel. ASU held a slim 1-0 lead heading into the seventh inning. Steve King homered to lead off the inning for the Gamecocks to even the score at 1. However, in the bottom of the seventh, ASU All-American Chris Bando put the Sun Devils back in front for good with a solo shot of his own, making it 2-1. Neither team was able to tally the rest of the way, as ASU brought home the National Championship trophy.
ASU second baseman and future Atlanta Braves star (and personal favorite) Bob Horner was named the Most Outstanding Player in the College World Series, although he was held hitless in the game by Carolina’s Lewis.
Although it was a disappointing defeat for USC, they did finish as runner-up for the second time in three years. That is not too shabby.