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Oct. 20, 2005

Columbia, S.C. – Former South Carolina infielder Adam Everett is the third baseball player in USC history to get an opportunity to play in the Major League Baseball World Series. Everett, a shortstop for the Houson Astros, is in his fifth season at the big league level. This is the first time in team history that the Astros have made the championship series. Houston will face the Chicago White Sox with the seven-game series beginning Saturday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. on FOX.

“I am extremely proud and excited for Adam and his opportunity to play in the World Series,” said South Carolina head baseball coach Ray Tanner. “He is an integral part of the Astros’ success. I know Houston will have a lot of people in Gamecock nation rooting for their club.”

Everett played for Carolina on head coach Ray Tanner’s first two teams in the 1997 and 1998 seasons. Everett was All-SEC and earned All-American honors in 1998 helping lead the Gamecocks to a 44-18 record including a trip to the NCAA Atlantic Regional in Miami, Fla. Everett is one of only seven players in Gamecock history to record 100 or more hits in a single season as he batted .375 (100-for-267) with 13 HR and 63 RBI. Before making it to the big leagues, Everett also competed for USA Baseball on the 2000 Olympic team that won a gold medal in Sydney, Australia.

The other two former Gamecocks to play in the World Series are Dave Hollins, who played for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1993 and Mookie Wilson, who was a member of the New York Mets team in 1986.

Everett is one of two current Major League baseball players with ties to South Carolina. Former infielder Brian Roberts completed hit fifth season with the Baltimore Orioles and was the starting second baseman at the 2005 All-Star Game.