WHERE ARE THEY NOW? The 2010 & 2011 college world series champions

By: Danielle Barilla, Shannon O'Connell and Brett Williams

It was one of the greatest runs in the history of Gamecock sports: the time the South Carolina Gamecocks won back-to-back College World Series in Omaha. (It was the single greatest run in Gamecock sports until both the men's and women's basketball teams made the Final Four in 2017.) As you enter Founders Park today, you gaze your eyes on the two NCAA trophies that mean so much to the Gamecock program and the University of South Carolina.

In 2010, the Gamecocks faced UCLA in the College World Series. It was the last College World Series game ever played in historic Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium, and it didn't disappoint. They swept the Bruins with a 7-1 win and a 2-1 win. In game two, the Bruins held a 1-0 lead until the bottom of the eighth when Carolina tied the game. The score would remain tied at one until Scott Wingo drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the 11th, advanced to second on a passed ball and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. With one out, the Bruins pitched to Whit Merrifield who lined the pitch into right bringing Wingo home for the winning run.

The following year, the Gamecocks faced an in-conference rival in the College World Series finale in Omaha. With Michael Roth on the mound, the Gamecocks swept the Florida Gators at TD Ameritrade Park. The 5-2 win not only gave the Gamecocks back-to-back National Championships in Division I College Baseball, but they also became the first team to go 10-0 in NCAA Tournament play in one season.

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You've probably followed the big names that made their way to the majors, but what about the guys who never made their debut? Are they still fighting for their spot? Did they give up baseball altogether? What about the guys who took their talents to the other side of the ball to coach? We've used our millennial internet skills to track down your favorite players and figure out what they've ended up doing with their lives.

Gamecocks in the Majors

1. Jackie Bradley Jr., OF, Boston Red Sox

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2010 College World Series Most Outstanding Player Jackie Bradley Jr. had a .368 batting average for the season and played tremendously in the outfield, being named to the SEC All-Defensive Team. He was the 40th overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, selected by the Boston Red Sox. After starting in Boston’s minor-league system, he made his major-league debut in 2013. Bradley Jr.’s 37 games with Boston earned him a World Series championship ring. During the 2014 and 2015 seasons, he spent time on both the Boston Red Sox and their AAA affiliate, the Pawtucket Red Sox. He played exclusively for the Red Sox in 2016, batting .267 over 558 at-bats with 94 runs scored, 26 home runs and 87 RBI.

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Bradley Jr. and fellow outfielder Mookie Betts, with a mix of Blake Swihart, Andrew Benintendi, Chris Young, and Brock Holt, celebrate Sox wins in the outfield with "Win, Dance, Repeat,” a tradition in which they dance and pretend to take photos of the game’s best player between them. This celebration has become a trademark of Red Sox wins and has earned the attention of baseball fans from around the nation. Bradley Jr. continues to cheer on the Gamecocks, tweeting about all Gamecock sports and attending games when he can.

2. Whit Merrifield, IF/OF, Kansas City Royals

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Merrifield is perhaps best remembered by Gamecocks fans for his 11th-inning walkoff single against UCLA that won the 2010 national championship. He was drafted that same year by the Kansas City Royals and advanced through their farm system until breaking into The Show last season. Merrifield faced his former teammate, Boston Red Sox Player Jackie Bradley Jr., in his major league debut.

Merrifield played in exactly half of the Royals’ games (81), batting .283 with two home runs and 29 RBI. He spent the other half of 2016 (as he did for all of 2015 and part of 2014) playing for the AAA Omaha Storm Chasers—the same Omaha where he cemented South Carolina’s place in baseball history at the start of the decade. Merrifield started 2017 in AAA, but was recalled to The Show on April 18th.

3. Christian Walker, IF, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Walker went a combined 8-18 (good for a .445 batting average) in South Carolina’s four CWS national championship series games across 2010 and 2011 and was named to the CWS All-Tournament Team both years. A fourth-round draft pick by the Baltimore Orioles in 2012, he has played more than 500 professional baseball games, including 13 with the Orioles between 2014 and 2015. He led the AAA Norfolk Tides in home runs and RBI last season and is currently on the Orioles active roster heading into 2017.

Update: On February 25, 2017, the Atlanta Braves claimed Walker off waivers from Baltimore.

Another update: On March 6, 2017, the Cincinnati Reds claimed Walker from the Braves.

A third update: On March 28, 2017, the Arizona Diamondbacks claimed Walker from the Reds. (He moved around A LOT before landing with the Diamondbacks' AAA affiliate the Reno Aces to start 2017.)

4. Sam Dyson, RHP, Texas Rangers

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Dyson used momentum from a solid 2010 CWS performance—he earned a win against Arizona in Omaha and allowed just two runs over 6.2 innings in a game against Clemson the Gamecocks ultimately won—to carve out a career in the majors. He was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the fourth round that year and earned two appearances with them just two years later. Dyson was claimed off waivers by the Miami Marlins in early 2013 and pitched in 80 games for them over the next three seasons. He has played for the Texas Rangers for the last year and a half, getting a career-high 73 appearances in 2016, all in relief. In his MLB career, Dyson has accumulated an 11-9 record with a respectable 2.94 ERA.

5. Michael Roth, LHP, San Francisco Giants

Roth was another Gamecock who turned a successful career in Columbia into time in the big leagues. He was named 2011 National Player of the Year by CollegeBaseballInsider.com after going 14-3 with a 1.06 ERA in 20 starts and one relief appearance. He has played in the Los Angeles Angels, Cleveland Indians, and Texas Rangers organizations, making it to the majors with Los Angeles and Texas. Roth has a 2-1 record and 8.50 ERA in 23 career MLB appearances. He was signed by the San Francisco Giants in November and will begin this season with their AAA affiliate, the Sacramento River Cats.

Gamecocks in the Minors

6. Bryan Harper, LHP

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Harper currently plays for the Syracuse Chiefs, the AAA affiliate of the Washington Nationals. He was drafted by the Nationals in 2011, one year after the team had selected his younger brother, 2015 National League Most Valuable Player Bryce Harper, first overall. The elder Harper only played for South Carolina for one season, pitching in 22 games during the 2011 campaign after transferring for the second time.

Harper is still a devoted fan of the garnet and black, frequently tweeting and retweeting content about Gamecock athletics (via Twitter).

7. Greg Brodzinski, C

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Brodzinski contributed four hits and two RBI in 10 games to the 2011 Gamecocks before transferring. He was drafted from Barry University in 2015 by the Philadelphia Phillies and has spent the last two summers in the minors. He is listed as active, but he hasn't seen any action in 2017.

8. Peter Mooney, IF

Mooney proposed to longtime girlfriend Ashley Ewart at a 2015 South Carolina baseball game and married her in January 2017 (via Spurs & Feathers).

A 2011 CWS All-Tournament Team honoree and older brother of 2014-2016 Gamecock infielder Marcus Mooney, Peter Mooney spent some time in the Toronto Blue Jays farm system and independent baseball before being picked up by the Miami Marlins in late 2015. He played more than 100 games at shortstop for their AA (Jacksonville Suns) and AAA (New Orleans Zephyrs) affiliates last year.

Peter Mooney returned to New Orleans where they recently went through a rebranding and are now known as the Baby Cakes.

9. Tyler Webb, LHP

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A four-year Gamecock (2010-2013), Webb holds the school record for appearances on the mound with 110, almost all in relief. The New York Yankees selected him in the June 2013 draft, and he was promoted to their AAA affiliate, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, just one year and one month later. Webb has played for the RailRiders ever since, compiling an 8-6 record over 78 appearances, all but five in relief. He was, however, claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates in December.

Update: The Yankees reclaimed Webb and he is playing for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at the start of the 2017 season.

10. Evan Marzilli, OF

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Marzilli batted .302 for his three-year career with the Gamecocks. He played a major role in South Carolina’s 2010 title, earning CWS All-Tournament Team honors after hitting .370 in Omaha that season. He was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2012 and has played in their minor-league system ever since, spending most of his time in AA while also seeing 30 games at the AAA level. He currently plays for the Jackson Generals, a AA affiliate of the Diamondbacks.

Gamecocks Who Coach

Several Gamecocks took their experiences as players and moved into the realm of coaching. We spoke with some of those coaches who now have an impact on the game around the southeast.

11. Nolan Belcher, LHP

Belcher (shown above), who pitched 29.2 innings over 11 games for the Gamecocks in 2010, has coached in the Division II Peach Belt Conference for the last three seasons. He was the pitching coach and then recruiting coordinator for USC Aiken and now serves as an assistant coach for Georgia College.

12. Parker Bangs, RHP/Utility

Bangs wore several hats for the Gamecocks from 2008-2010, earning a 7-5 record in 47 appearances on the mound while also batting .301 with 10 home runs and 60 RBI. He spent three seasons in the Kansas City Royals’ farm system, reaching the advanced rookie level.

Since leaving the minors, Bangs has developed an extensive coaching career. He began by coaching in various capacities at the high-school and college summer baseball levels, including head-coaching stints with Columbia’s Heathwood Hall Episcopal School and the Coastal Plain League’s Wilmington Sharks. He is now in his second year as pitching coach for the Presbyterian College baseball team.

13. Bobby Haney, INF

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In his 64 games played in 2010, he went 57-for-217 with a batting average of .263. During CWS play against UCLA, he had a key two-out, two-run single in the 7-1 Gamecock win. He was selected in the 2010 MLB Draft by the San Francisco Giants (22nd round) and played in their minor-league system for four seasons. When he wasn’t writing his book From Kings Park to Omaha, he hosted baseball camps for aspiring young players, according to his website. Haney now is an assistant coach for the varsity baseball team at Cardinal Newman School in Columbia.

14. Scott Wingo, IF

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2011 South Carolina captain and CWS Most Outstanding Player Scott Wingo was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers that season and played professional baseball into 2014. He peaked at the A-Advanced level, playing 215 games with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes over three seasons. After his minor-league career, Wingo worked as a baseball student assistant coach for the Gamecocks in 2015. He is now the head coach of the Coastal Plain League’s Wilmington Sharks and an assistant coach for North Greenville University baseball.

15. Matt Price, RHP

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A decorated Gamecock, Price achieved a career 2.76 ERA in 102 games for South Carolina over four seasons. He was named a Freshman All-American by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball in 2010 and picked up the win in the title-clinching game that season, pitching 2.2 scoreless innings of relief. In 2011, he had a 1.83 ERA in 36 appearances, was named an All-American by several major outlets, and earned the save in that year’s championship-winning game. Price turned down his selection by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2011 draft to return to the Gamecocks but accepted when the Baltimore Orioles drafted him a year later. He pitched in 62 minor-league games over two seasons, reaching as high as the A-Advanced Frederick Keys. He came back to South Carolina baseball to serve as a student assistant coach in 2016 and is now an assistant coach at Sumter (S.C.) High School.

16. Adrian Morales, IF

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After transferring from Miami-Dade College, Morales played 68 games for the Gamecocks in each championship season. He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 2011 and worked his way up to the A-Advanced Wilmington Blue Rocks in that system. Morales returned to South Carolina to serve as baseball student assistant coach for the 2014 season while continuing to pursue his undergraduate degree. His Facebook and Twitter profiles say he is now an assistant baseball coach at Miami-Dade.

17. Ethan Carter, RHP

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After Carter saw 24 relief appearances for South Carolina in the 2010 season, he was dismissed from the program for a violation of team rules and played the following year at Louisburg College. He returned to the Gamecocks in 2012 but only pitched in five games. Carter finished his college career at UNC-Pembroke and then spent a season in the independent Frontier League. He is now the head baseball coach at Kecoughtan High School in Hampton, Virginia.

18. Colby Holmes, RHP

A part of both National Championship teams, Holmes played in six games during the 2010 season and in 18 games in 2011. After his time at USC, in 2013, he signed as a free agent to the Atlanta Braves, the same organization that drafted him out of high school in 2009. He played in the Braves minor league system for two seasons and is now an intern with Gamecock Baseball while he finishes up his undergrad in Sport and Entertainment Management at USC.

Special thanks to Holmes for being a personal contact for us in our search to find out where the Gamecock greats are now.

19. Blake Cooper, RHP

A 2010 Collegiate Baseball third-team All-American and first-team All-SEC honoree, Blake Cooper went 13-2 in 20 starts with a 2.76 ERA. His final start was in the national championship series of the CWS against UCLA, where Cooper allowed just one run on three hits in more than eight innings pitched. The Arizona Diamondbacks picked him up in the 12th round of the 2010 MLB Draft. He advanced through the minor-league systems of the Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs, most recently playing for the Iowa Cubs (AAA, Cubs) in 2015. Cooper retired from professional baseball in early 2016. He is currently a student assistant coach for Gamecock Baseball, having taken over that position from his 2010 teammate Matt Price during this past offseason.

From Champions to the Real World

20. Will Casey, LHP

Casey played for South Carolina for three seasons and made three appearances in 2011. According to his Facebook page, he moved out to Aspen, Colorado to work for the Aspen Skiing Company in October, 2013. This past August, he began studying law at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana.

21. Dante Rosenberg, C

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Rosenberg played two games early in the 2011 championship season before suffering a back injury and being medically redshirted. Before coming to Carolina, Rosenberg attended Palm Beach Community College, where he was teammates with fellow Gamecock Peter Mooney. After graduating from South Carolina in 2013, he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the St. Louis Cardinals. Rosenberg played in the Cardinals minor-league system until his release in April 2015; he then played seven games in the independent Frontier League. Per his LinkedIn, he is now a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley in Boca Raton, Florida.

22. Brady Thomas, C

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A co-captain of the 2011 Gamecocks, Thomas was awarded CWS All-Tournament Team and SEC Academic Honor Roll honors. Thomas batted .316 in 63 games with 32 runs scored, 4 home runs, and 43 RBI. His 2010 season was just as impressive. He was named to the 2010 CWS All-Tournament Team and had a clutch pinch-hit single in the 2-1 title-clinching win over UCLA. According to his Twitter account, Thomas now lives in Charleston, S.C., with his fiancée and works as a CRNA.

23. John Taylor, RHP

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A great asset to both national championship teams, Taylor held his own on the mound for the Gamecocks. During the 2010 national championship series, he pitched a perfect inning of relief in the final game against UCLA. In a very impressive 2011 season, Taylor recorded a 1.14 ERA in 71.1 innings pitched. He set a school record of single-season appearances with 50, a record that still stands today. After being drafted by the Seattle Mariners (22nd round) in 2011, Taylor spent two years in their minor-league system. After his time in the minors, he worked with the turf management team at South Carolina. According to his Facebook page, he now lives in Florence, S.C., and enjoys hunting.

24. Erik Payne, IF

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As a part of the 2011 CWS championship team, Payne played in nine games, including two starts. In 2012, Payne won the NCAA Elite 89 Award, which is given to the player with the highest GPA among the players in the eight schools in the College World Series. He transferred to Virginia Tech after the 2013 season, where in 2015, he started in all 54 games for the Hokies. Payne now lives in Charlotte, N.C., where he works as the Production Supervisor at Ryan Homes.

25. Kyle Enders, C

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Enders’ four-year Gamecock career culminated in 2010, when he served as co-captain and batted .281 in 61 games. He first worked as an accountant after graduation but now is a district manager with the South Carolina branch of Republic National Distributing Company.

26. Adam Matthews, OF

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Matthews was drafted by the Orioles in 2011 after earning his second ring with South Carolina, but he chose to return to the Gamecocks for his senior year. He was then drafted by the Cincinnati Reds and played as high as single-A in their system over two pro seasons. Matthews came back to Columbia in late 2013 and worked in sales for the beverage industry and later the pharmaceutical industry. According to his LinkedIn profile, he is now an endoscopy sales representative for medical devices company Smith & Nephew.

27. Robert Beary, C/OF

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Beary caught every South Carolina game in Omaha in 2011 and scored the winning run to bring home the trophy for the Gamecocks. He was named to that year’s CWS All-Tournament Team. Beary has worked as a deputy sheriff in Richland County since August 2014, per LinkedIn.

28. Austin Ashmore, OF

Ashmore did not see much action for the Gamecocks in 2010, playing in only five games in his only non-redshirt season with the program. Since graduating from South Carolina in December of 2011, he has been inducted into Greer (S.C.) High School’s Hall of Fame for his impressive five years of starting for GHS, starting when he was in eighth grade, according to greertoday.com. Per his LinkedIn, he is currently an MBA Candidate at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

29. Jay Brown, RHP

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2010 co-captain Jay Brown had nine starts in 17 appearances on the mound for the Gamecocks, ending the year with a 4.44 ERA in 50.2 innings pitched. After his Carolina career, he became an assistant coach both in the Cape Cod Baseball League and for Young Harris College in Georgia. According to his LinkedIn page, he then became an assistant director for the Gamecock Club and remained in that role for nearly four years. Brown is now a financial advisor for Cornerstone Financial Management.

30. Drake Thomason, RHP

Thomason received a medical redshirt during the 2011 season due to an elbow injury. He now is the In-School Suspension Coordinator and Student Support Staff at Eastside High School in Taylors, South Carolina, where Thomason himself attended high school, per Linkedin.

31. Forrest Koumas, RHP

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The 2011 campaign was Koumas’ most successful one at South Carolina. He went 6-1 with a 2.96 ERA in 19 games—12 of them starts—and was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team. He transferred two years later and finished his college career in the rotation at USC Aiken. He spent 2016 as an assistant baseball coach at Columbia’s A.C. Flora High School and as a pitcher for the Birmingham-Bloomfield Beavers in the inaugural season of the independent United Shore Professional Baseball League, per LinkedIn. According to his former teammate, Colby Holmes, Koumas now works in an indoor baseball facility in the Detroit area.

32. Jose Mata, RHP

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Mata was a key relief pitcher for the Gamecocks in both 2010 and 2011, helping them find success in the postseason. In the final game in the College World Series against UCLA in 2010, he pitched two scoreless innings of relief. In 2011, Mata earned a 1.76 ERA in 23 relief appearances and 30.2 innings pitched, and was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll. Since his graduation in 2011, he has had multiple jobs, currently as the Technical Recruiter at Principle Solutions Group, a technology staffing and consulting company based in Charlotte, N.C.

33. Brison Celek, IF

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Celek only played in one game in the 2010 season, scoring a run as the designated hitter in the season opener. After being redshirted during the 2011 season, he resumed playing for the Gamecocks in 2012. He was selected in the 2013 MLB Draft (31st round by the Toronto Blue Jays) but decided to finish his baseball career at South Carolina in 2014. Celek currently lives in Charleston, S.C., and according to his Facebook profile, he continues to cheer on the Gamecocks and keep in touch with his former teammates.

34. Jimmy Revan, LHP

Revan only played the 2010 season at South Carolina, finishing with a 4.85 ERA in nine appearances. After Carolina, he transferred to the College of Charleston and played in 13 total games for the Cougars in 2012 and 2013. Now living in Charleston, SC, with his wife Ashton, he works at Full Range Rehab as the Regional Service Manager, per his Facebook and Linkedin profiles.

35. Patrick Harrington, OF

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Harrington played just three games for South Carolina in 2011 before getting injured and being medically redshirted. He went on to play for the Gamecocks for four more seasons, exhausting his full eligibility. Harrington graduated in 2015 with a degree in Finance and Insurance & Risk Management. His LinkedIn profile says he now works in Washington, D.C., as a federal accountant for financial services company AOC Solutions.

36. Adam Westmoreland, LHP

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Part of back-to-back CWS Champion teams, Westmoreland received a medical redshirt during the 2010 season following Tommy John surgery. He pitched in only 11 games during 2011 and finished his time at USC after five years on Gamecock Baseball. Westmoreland was drafted by the Miami Marlins in the 26th round in the 2013 MLB Draft. He went on to play one year with the Gulf Coast League Marlins, a rookie-level minor-league affiliate of the Miami Marlins. Via his Twitter profile, he still actively follows Gamecock sports.

37. Steven Neff, LHP

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Neff played three years, including both championship seasons, with South Carolina, truly emerging in 2011. He went 3-1 with a 2.45 ERA in 12 appearances that season—7 of them starts—while also hitting .254 with five home runs in 71 at-bats. The San Francisco Giants drafted him that June, and he played in their minor-league system through 2014, making 45 appearances with the single-A Augusta GreenJackets in 2012. According to his Facebook page, he now works at Cannan Creations, a custom-letter small business owned by his wife, Scotti.

38. Jordan Propst, RHP

Propst only appeared in seven games for the Gamecocks, five in 2009 and two in 2010. He was nonetheless drafted by the Royals in 2010 but did not enter the minors. He earned a Doctor of Pharmacy from USC in 2013 and, according to his LinkedIn profile, he is a pharmacy district manager for Rite Aid in Kentucky.

39. Logan Munson, LHP

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A transfer from North Carolina, Munson sat out the 2010 season before making 11 relief appearances for the Gamecocks in each of 2011 and 2012. He has worked as a realtor in Columbia with his family business, CMM Realty, since August 2014.

40. Patrick Sullivan, RHP

With little playing time during the 2010 season, Sullivan started to come into his own on the mound during the 2011 season. He recorded a 1.35 ERA in 20 innings pitched and made the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

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Sullivan played a total of five years at Carolina, including his redshirt season in 2009. During the 2012 and 2013 seasons, he was teammates with his older brother, Sean Sullivan. His final season in 2013 he was captain and was named to the SEC Community Service Team. His LinkedIn profile says he has had various sales jobs in the health industry since his 2013 graduation; he is currently with CareFusion, a medical devices company, in Raleigh, N.C.

41. Jake Williams, OF

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Williams was a clutch player during his one season on Gamecock Baseball. He started in 58 of the 62 games he played in, totaling a .268 batting average with 29 runs scored and 38 RBI. He set a single-season school record for his six triples during the 2011 season. Williams’ big moment came in the first game of the CWS national championship series against Florida, when he threw out a potential-game-winning runner at home from left field. The Gamecocks went on to win that game 2-1 in 11 innings. According to an article by The State newspaper, Williams left the team in the 2012 season due to “personal issues.” His LinkedIn page says he currently serves as social media manager at Grove Medical in Atlanta.

42. Jeffery Jones, INF

Jones batted .300 in 47 games for the Gamecocks in 2010, his second of two seasons with the team. According to his LinkedIn profile, he now lives in Fort Worth, Texas, and is the president of Fort Worth Hightech Signs Company.

The Coaches

43. Ray Tanner

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Coach Tanner led Gamecock Baseball to two national titles towards the end of his 16-year coaching career at South Carolina. For him, three consecutive College World Series appearances wasn't the end of his experience with Gamecock sports; in fact, it was simply the beginning. On August 2, 2012, Coach Tanner became the Athletic Director at the University of South Carolina, and he still holds this position today.

44. Chad Holbrook

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Coach Chad Holbrook was an assistant coach in both of the Gamecocks' National Championship seasons. When Coach Tanner was promoted to Athletic Director, Coach Holbrook took over the Gamecock baseball program. Under the direction of Coach Holbrook, the Gamecocks have made it to the postseason in three out of the four seasons he has coached, never making it past the Super Regional.

45. Mark Calvi

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Coach Mark Calvi earned the Pitching Coach of the Year award 2010 for his efforts bringing the Gamecock Baseball team to the College World Series. After the 2010 season, he became the Associate Head Coach at South Alabama before taking over as head coach after the 2011 season.

46. Sammy Esposito

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Coach Sammy Esposito rounded out the 2010 coaching staff, and has been a member of the Gamecock Baseball staff since 2007. He remains an integral part of the team working with hitters and catchers. He was named the recruiting coordinator by Coach Chad Holbrook in 2012 and still holds this position today.

47. Jerry Meyers

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Coach Jerry Meyers replaced Coach Calvi following the 2010 baseball season and is still the associate head coach of the Gamecocks today. Meyers served as an assistant coach from South Carolina from the 1997-2004 seasons and returned to Carolina in August of 2010 to coach the pitchers following six years as head coach at Old Dominion.

48. Brian Buscher

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Coach Brian Buscher joined the Gamecock Baseball staff as an undergraduate in 2011 and continues working with the program as a volunteer assistant coach. The 2003 All-American at South Carolina took his talents to the majors as a Minnesota Twin. Buscher worked with the infielders and hitters until 2017, but he parted ways with the team early this season. Coach Holbrook said it was a "mutual decision" and was "in the best interest of (the) program."

Student assistant coach Blake Cooper (#19 in this article) now stands at first base in place of Buscher.

Gamecocks Back-to-Back Champions

Disclaimer: Eight players on the roster of at least one of the two championship teams have been omitted. We found insufficient information on the current whereabouts of five (DeSean Anderson, Alex Burrell, Nick Ebert, Richard Royal and Jake Watson), and the other three (Greg Harrison, Anthony Iacomini and Spencer Jordan) never saw the field for South Carolina.

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