Cardinal Newman pitcher Cam Tringali grew up going to South Carolina baseball games.
On Wednesday afternoon, he got the chance to put pen to paper and join the team he rooted for as a child.
Tringali signed with South Carolina on the first day of the fall signing period. The 6-foot-4 pitcher went 9-2 with a 1.52 ERA his junior season, with 84 strikeouts in 64 2/3 (10 complete games in 11 starts).
He also plays quarterback for the Cardinals football team and has thrown for 1,666 yards with a completion percentage of 50.2 and 17 touchdowns.
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Why South Carolina?
That was definitely a dream school of mine. I’ve been going to games at Sarge Frye (Field) since I was a little kid, and I always dreamed of being able to play on that field. So when the opportunity came, I couldn’t say no.
Biggest strengths as a pitcher?
I would say my frame. I’m a pretty tall guy and I’ve got a lot of room to put more weight, too. I think I can. There are some tweaks mechanically that I think I can fix, get a few more clicks of (velocity) up, so I think that definitely helps.
USC staff’s impressions of you?
Pretty much the same thing, just frame and, my velocity is pretty good now, but I think they can work with me mechanically and definitely get my velocity up.
Your best memory of the Gamecocks?
Probably the first national championship in 2010. Just the walk-off hits, being in Omaha and seeing that reaction. Just how awesome that looked and how great it would be to be a part of something like that.
Your biggest goals in high school?
I’d definitely like to get a state championship ring in baseball. We’ve got a bunch of guys coming back this year and I think as a unit and as a team, this is something we can definitely do this year. That’d be awesome to try and do before I leave