Matt Connolly

Longtime Citadel baseball coach expects big season from USC

South Carolina is 9-0 on the year after beating The Citadel Tuesday night in Charleston.
South Carolina is 9-0 on the year after beating The Citadel Tuesday night in Charleston. dmclemore@thestate.com

The Citadel coach Fred Jordan has seen South Carolina baseball teams for more than two decades. He is in his 25th year running the Bulldogs’ program.

Jordan said after facing the Gamecocks Tuesday that this USC team looks reminiscent of past ones that made noise in the postseason.

USC beat The Citadel 6-3 in Charleston, pounding out 15 hits in the win to improve to 9-0. The Gamecocks missed the NCAA tournament last year for the first time since 1999, but Jordan doesn’t expect that to happen this season.

“They’ve retooled. They look like a South Carolina team that’s going to make a deep run in the NCAAs to me,” Jordan said. “They’re very, very impressive. We were fortunate to keep it as close as we did… They’re very, very good.”

Jordan was particularly impressed with Carolina’s newcomers, including left fielder Dom Thompson-Williams, DH John Jones, catcher Chris Cullen and outfielder Danny Blair.

“Their left fielder is a very good player. John Jones is an outstanding hitter. Cullen, the freshman catcher, he’s about as good as I’ve ever seen as a freshman. Blair, their centerfielder, his feet did not touch the ground when he runs,” Jordan said.

USC faces Clemson this weekend in a three-game series beginning Friday night at Founders Park.

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