The Gamecocks bombarded Clemson with six home runs in a 14-2 rout over the Tigers.
After CU’s John Jay belted a two-run first inning homer, Carolina answered with back-to-back-to-back shots by Rob Reinhart, Joe Datin, and Charlie Aldrich. Then after two more hits, Jeff Churchich connected on a three-run homer to make it 6-2, and the rout was on. Datin would circle them all again in the fourth after his second round-tripper of the day, and 18th of the season.
USC pitcher Mike Cook got a lot of run support, but really didn’t need it. After the first-inning homer, Cook was brilliant. He allowed only a single the rest of the way in a complete game effort. Cook struck out 14 Tigers, and ran his season record to 12-1. Cook had a tremendous 1985 season, earning First-Team All-American honors by Baseball America.