USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team continues to have success at the FISU World University Championships in Tokyo, and South Carolina outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. has been an impact contributor in the middle of the order.
Bradley homered and scored two runs in an 11-1, seven-inning victory over China on Tuesday. The Americans next facethe winner of Chinese Taipei/Japan on Thursday with a scheduled start time to be announced.
Bradley is having a stellar summer for Team USA with a .345 batting average (20 for 58) in 16 games with 11 RBIs and 12 runs scored. He owns a .426 on-base percentage and a .431 slugging percentage. The U.S. owns a 15-2 record heading into the semifinals.
A rising junior, Bradley was this year's College World Series Most Outstanding Player and the Gamecocks' leading hitter this past season with a .368 batting average (89-for-242) with 13 homers and 60 RBIs. He also had a .473 on-base percentage and a .587 slugging percentage for the season.
Jacksonville Beach, Fla., beat West Ashley, 17-2, on Monday to cap the local team’s stay in the Cal Ripken 10U Southeast Regional in North Augusta.
West Ashley finished in third place with a 5-2 record in the regional.
Earlier Monday, West Ashley defeated Winterville, N.C., 6-3. Jackson White was 3 for 4 with two RBIs in West Ashley’s win.
Charleston Southern's John Paglia and Gerald Stevenson were named FCS Senior Scout Bowl Preseason All-Americans.
Paglia earned a spot on the South Offense first team as the kicker, while Stevenson was named to the South Offense second team as a wide receiver. The honor was released in conjunction with information about the inaugural FCS Senior Scout Bowl, which will be held Dec. 11 in New York.
The school record holder in field goal percentage (72.2 percent) and longest field goal (51 yards) at CSU, Paglia enters his senior season second in field goals made for his career with 26, and third in school history with 124 points scored.
Stevenson holds the school record with 1,836 career kick return yards, and is second in receiving TDs with 12. An all-conference selection in 2009, he finished third in the offensive player of the year voting, and was picked as a preseason all-conference wide receiver.
Former South Carolina soccer standout Clint Mathis announced his retirement from the sport, the Los Angeles Galaxy, his current Major League Soccer squad, made the announcement. Mathis will play his final game in a Galaxy uniform when the team faces Real Madrid in an exhibition match Saturday at the Rose Bowl.
Mathis, an 11-year MLS veteran and member of the 2002 U.S. World Cup team, enters his final match with 61 career goals and 52 assists. During his career in the league, he has played with the Galaxy on three separate occasions, while also playing with Real Salt Lake, the Metrostars (now the New York Red Bulls), the Colorado Rapids and the New York Red Bulls during his career.
Mathis still ranks among Gamecocks soccers greats. He ranks third all-time in total points (121), third in career coals (53) and is the single-season leader in points (53) and goals (25).