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CWS Flashback: 2002

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Final Record: 57-18
Finish: 2nd at College World Series

The 2002 edition of the South Carolina baseball team may arguably be the most impressive assembly of talent to ever take the field as Gamecocks. The team featured three All-Americans, the SEC Player of the Year, four all-conference selections, three SEC All-Tournament selections, five members of the all-regional team and the SEC's Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Pitcher Blake Taylor (lead the nation in saves) and first baseman Yaron Peters (.377 batting average, 95 RBI and 29 HR) were first team All-Americans. Shortstop Drew Meyer was named second team All-American.  Peters was also named SEC Player of the Year while designated hitter Trey Dyson was named SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year.

The Gamecocks won an SEC championship, a school-record 57 games, a regional and super regional championship and reached the national championship game.

The season also featured one of the most memorable games ever played at Sarge Frye Field as South Carolina rallied for five runs in the ninth inning to stun defending champion Miami the deciding game of the regional.

The Gamecocks were shut out 11-0 by Georgia Tech in the opener of the College World Series but fought their way through the loser's bracket with wins over Nebraska, Georgia Tech and Clemson (twice) to reach the title game against Texas.  The Gamecocks would fall in the title game for the third time in program history, losing a 12-6 game to the Longhorns.  After the 2002 tournament, the championship series was changed to a best-of-three series format.

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