It was one of the greatest days to be a Gamecock.
Carolina beat arch-rival Clemson for the second time in three days in the College World Series to advance to the championship game for the third in history. The Gamecocks did the improbable, getting shellacked in the opening game 11-0 by Georgia Tech, then running the table from the loser’s bracket all the way to the title game. The 10-2 victory over Clemson was arguably the most memorable victory ever for the Gamecock program. Not only did the win move USC into the championship game, but it sent the Tigers packing with their most painful defeat ever.
Carolina jumped ahead of Clemson quickly in this one, scoring five runs in the second and third innings to lead 5-0. Leading only 5-1 in the eighth, Carolina poured in on, scoring five times to blow it open at 10-1. Clemson salvaged a run in the ninth, but it way too little and way too late.
Steven Bondurant pitched into the ninth inning before tiring to pick up his seventh win of the season for Carolina. Garris Gonce led the way with three hits and two ribbies, but virtually everyone contributed offensively in this contest.
The Gamecocks would take on Texas the following day for the national championship. Could the Gamecocks rise to the occasion one last time, despite the fact that they faced a well-rested Longhorns squad?