In his first three years at South Carolina, Brison Celek lived with three teammates on the Gamecocks’ baseball team: first baseman Christian Walker, centerfielder Evan Marzilli and relief pitcher Tyler Webb.
They arrived together in the fall of 2009, hoping to pursue their dreams. They did just that. They were members of the 2010 and 2011 national championship squads, though Celek redshirted in 2011, and the 2012 group that finished second at the College World Series.
The foursome was split up after Walker and Marzilli left school early, following the 2012 season, when they were drafted in the fourth round by the Baltimore Orioles and the eighth round by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Webb finished his career in 2013, spending one season as the Gamecocks’ closer before the New York Yankees picked him in the 10th round earlier this month.
Only Celek had eligibility remaining (one year), because he was a fourth-year junior in 2013. But Celek, a designated hitter who was drafted in the 31st round by the Toronto Blue Jays, said he has decided to skip his senior season and turn pro.
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South Carolina had four players selected in this year’s Major League Baseball draft.
Three were seniors: closer Tyler Webb, first baseman LB Dantzler and setup reliever Adam Westmoreland.
The fourth was a surprise to some observers: backup designated hitter Brison Celek, a fourth-year junior from Bishop England High.
But it was not a shock to Celek or his family, and now Celek is strongly considering turning pro, according to his father, Brian.
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An era for South Carolina baseball ended on Tuesday afternoon, when the Gamecocks lost 5-4 to North Carolina in their winner-take-all NCAA tournament super regional Game 3.
When USC begins next season, it will have, at most, two players on its roster with a national championship ring – relief pitcher Forrest Koumas and designated hitter Brison Celek. Both were juniors this season and played minor roles on this team.
Koumas played a big part in the 2011 title, as a freshman. Celek redshirted that year and played in just nine games in 2010 as a freshman. Moreover, Celek was a fourth-year junior this season and was drafted, so he could end up turning pro. Koumas was not drafted.
You can’t really say USC’s golden era is done, because there’s no telling what the Gamecocks will do next season. They might follow the 2010 and 2011 titles and 2012 runner-up finish with another College World Series appearance.
But with seniors like closer Tyler Webb departing, the final links to USC’s title teams – at least in terms of players – are fading away.
What to make, then, of these past four seasons?
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South Carolina heads into its winner-take-all Game 3 of a super regional at North Carolina knowing exactly where it would begin the College World Series.
The winner of Tuesday’s noon game between USC and North Carolina will play North Carolina State at 3 p.m. Sunday in Omaha. (All times listed here are Eastern.)
USC’s part of the bracket also includes UCLA and LSU, the No. 4 national seed. Those two teams will play at 8 p.m. Sunday.
The winners of UCLA-LSU and N.C. State-North Carolina/USC will play at 8 p.m. Tuesday, while the losers will play at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
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South Carolina’s winner-take-all NCAA tournament super regional Game 3 at North Carolina has been moved from 7 p.m. today to noon Tuesday because of severe weather.
The game will air on ESPN2. The winner will play North Carolina State in its College World Series opener. The Wolfpack beat Rice in two games in the Raleigh Super Regional, finishing off the series Sunday night.
USC’s super regional at North Carolina was supposed to start Friday, but that game was moved to Saturday because of rain. USC beat North Carolina 8-0 on Sunday to force a decisive Game 3, which was supposed to be Sunday under the super regional’s original schedule.
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