Aug. 5, 2010
By Andrew Kitick
Assistant Media Relations Director
Tokyo, Japan – USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team advanced to the finals of the V FISU World University Championships in Tokyo, Japan with a 4-2 victory in Thursday’s semifinal vs. host Japan. Gamecock outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. was 1-for-4 with a run scored in the Red, White & Blue’s victory. Team USA will face Cuba for the gold on Saturday.
Bradley had had a stellar summer for Team USA with a .349 batting average (21-for-62) in 17 games with 11 RBI and 13 runs scored. He owns a .417 on-base percentage and a .419 slugging percentage as well. The U.S. owns a 16-2 record heading into the finals.
A rising junior, Bradley was the 2010 College World Series Most Outstanding Player and the Gamecocks’ leading hitter this past season with a .368 batting average (89-for-242) with 13 HR and 60 RBI. He also had a .473 on-base percentage and a .587 slugging percentage for the season.
South Carolina is the defending national champion in college baseball after winning the title at the 2010 College World Series. South Carolina has nine College World Series appearances including four in the last 11 years under head coach Ray Tanner. Under Tanner’s leadership South Carolina owns the fourth highest win total in the last 11 years in the nation with a 522-217 record. South Carolina is one of eight schools to appear in the NCAA Regional every season in the last 11 years including eight NCAA Super Regional appearances in that span, one of only six schools to accomplish the feat.
Carolina owns more overall wins than any SEC team in the last 11 years and more conference wins than any SEC team in the last 11 years with a 200-129 conference record. South Carolina is the only SEC school to record 40 or more wins each season from 2000-present and the only SEC school to reach the NCAA Regional every season in the last 11 years. The Gamecocks also have the most NCAA Super Regional appearances of the 12 SEC schools in the last 11 years.
Head coach Ray Tanner is the second winningest coach in Southeastern Conference history with a .692 winning percentage in 14 seasons at the helm of the Garnet & Black.