Former Gamecock Brian Williams, now pitching for the Houston Astros, saw his ERA “rise” to a miniscule 1.57 after allowing only two runs in 7 2/3 innings of work vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates. Williams’ Astros won the game 3-2, but Brian wasn’t involved in the decision, despite a good pitching performance.
Williams had a fine rookie season for Houston in 1992. He finished with a 7-6 record, and 3.92 ERA. He was 7th in the NL Rookie-of-the-Year voting.
Brian Williams was one of the great “utility” players in USC history, playing seven different positions. In 1990, Williams had an 8-4 record with a 3.03 ERA as a pitcher. And, in the batter’s box, Williams had a .281 avg., 4 HRs and 20 RBIs. He also added 11 stolen bases and played in the OF, evidence of his great athletic ability.
He was a member of Team-USA in 1989, and was selected as an All-Metro Conference first-teamer in 1990. Williams also had the great honor of being a first-round draft pick by the Astros in 1990.