Saturday, April 19, 2014
1977 Baseball Team To Be Honored This Weekend
The 1977 South Carolina baseball team went all the way to the national championship game at the College World Series. June Raines’ first squad made a statement. After losing its first game in the postseason, the Gamecocks won four straight at Sarge Frye Field to win the NCAA Atlantic Regional Championship. The squad won three straight games in Omaha to advance to the finals of the CWS and finished with a 43-12-1 record. This Saturday, they will receive College World Series rings recognizing their achievements in a pregame ceremony.
Along the way, several Gamecocks put together extraordinary seasons. Right-hander Randy Martz went 14-0 with two victories at the College World Series. That record remains the best undefeated record in school history. He was a unanimous All-American and won the Lefty Gomez Plate, given to the top amateur baseball player in the country. Right-hander Jim Lewis pitched 149 innings, a single-season record that is still held today with 13 complete games, also a school record. He won 11 games on the year, struck out 145 batters and tallied three shutouts. The entire pitching staff had a cumulative earned run average of 2.61.
Outfielder Mookie Wilson led the Gamecocks in hitting with a .357 average and stole 33 bases. Second baseman Mark Van Bever hit .335 and stole 46 bases as well. Senior outfielder Don Repsher hit .301 with 11 homers and a team-high 57 RBI with Johnny Hinkel adding 15 home runs also. The Gamecocks hit .283 as a team with 65 homers and scored 365 runs in a 57-game schedule. They also stole 108 bases.
Wilson, Martz and Chuck McLean were named to the College World Series All-Tournament Team.
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