Hey guys, apparently this is post #99 of this whole extravaganza, so we'll be hitting the century mark pretty soon. I won't be doing anything special, and I don't think I get anything for making it this far, so there's really no reason to delve into numbers. Just know that I appreciate everyone who has been there from the beginning and those who have come along for the ride. It's been real, and will continue to be for the foreseeable future. With that being said, I just submitted an article to "The Daily Gamecock," and I figured I would put it up for your viewing pleasure. Sure, it will take some of the spontaneity out of it, but I'm pretty sure a whole bunch of you will not have access to the paper, so why not keep you apprised of my local writing right? Anyway, this article is about two of the top prospects on the USC baseball team, who lost to UNC yesterday in the Super Regionals. It was a season that includes the Cocks leading the nation in homers, and marred in constant pitching woes, which were on display in the Tar Heel series. So, the bullpen pretty much blew it for us, but hey, I mean, we got there didn't we? Sure, we were #1 in the country at one point, but look at a team like Vanderbilt, who were the #1 ranked team going into regionals, and then got bounced at home before even reaching the Supers, so it could have been a lot worse than the way things turned out. Anyway, hope you enjoy, and if you are in Columbia, pick up a copy on campus. It's not going to be as thick as the papers that come out during the regular school year, but the writing is still there, and I'm pretty sure they still print sudokus, so definitely check it out.
Despite Series Loss, Two Gamecocks Have Bright Futures Ahead
After a heartbreaking series up in
Smoak was one of the best hitters in the nation this season, and this should be of little surprise to not only those in the
Darnell received national exposure in the UNC series, when he belted a two-run homer in Game 1 of the best-of-three series off of Tar Heel ace Robert Woodard. With his name now out there, and having displayed his abilities in the postseason, Darnell’s name is already on the rise. Darnell, who comes to the Gamecocks from
While both are likely to leave after next year, Smoak and Darnell seemed poised to be one of the most dynamic duos in the country, and with a lot of familiar faces coming back next year, this tandem, the team, and USC fans will have a lot to look forward to for the 2008 season.Thanks guys. Peace.