USC Gamecocks Baseball

Local pitcher sticking with plan to play for Gamecocks

Corey Stone has a dream to play professional baseball. It just won’t be this year.

The Mid-Carolina senior said Thursday night he will be going to South Carolina instead of being a member of the Texas Rangers organization. Texas selected Stone in the 27th round of the Major League Baseball Draft.

“Definitely believe after three years I will go higher and get better,” Stone said. “I believe in the guys at USC and class we are bringing in. We are going to be successful no matter who the coach will be.”

Stone discussed the decision with his family and USC interim coach Jerry Meyers and assistant coach Sammy Esposito. He said he never gave the Rangers a chance to make an offer because he told them he would be going to USC.

The left-hander went 8-0 with a 1.02 ERA and 86 strikeouts in 61 2/3 innings pitched. At the plate, he hit .396 with three homers and 23 RBI for the Rebels.