The Gamecocks fall in their opening game of the College World Series to Oklahoma by a score of 4-3. Amazingly, it was the seventh consecutive loss in the first game of the CWS for Carolina. The weather made it an even longer day for USC, as the game was delayed 4 hours and 15 minutes from its scheduled start time. Then, with the Sooners up 3-2 in the sixth inning, lightning again sent the teams to the locker room for over an hour.
USC senior Blake Cooper (12-2) took the loss, allowing three runs in five innings. Cooper didn’t return after the mid-game delay.
Carolina got solo homers from Christian Walker and Jackie Bradley, but still trailed 4-2 headed to the ninth. USC got the first two runners aboard, and later scored on a two-out bases-loaded walk by Bradley to trim the lead to 4-3. However, Sooners closer Ryan Duke got Adrian Morales on a fly out to center to end the contest.
Again, it was a disappointing start to the College World Series for Carolina. However, they were down but definitely not out, and there was plenty of excitement left to come.