The Gamecocks made it a clean sweep of the season series versus the hated Clemson Tigers. Carolina collected an 8-3 victory in Clemson to take all six games during the ’85 season.
Senior right fielder Keith Killian keyed the season-finale victory with two huge hits. Killian had a run-scoring double in the second inning, and then bashed a clutch 3-run homer in the eighth after the Tigers had pulled within one run at 4-3.
USC ace pitcher Mike Cook made his third appearance in three days in this one. He was the starter, but wasn’t quite as sharp as usual, although collecting the win in the contest to run his record to 14-3. Cook pitched 7 2/3 innings, allowed three runs on eight hits, and struck out nine.
The win gave Carolina a final regular-season record of 43-20. The mark was good enough to earn Carolina a home site in the NCAA Tournament’s East Regional. LaSalle would be the first opponent one week later.