COLUMBIA, S.C. â?? It was familiar and yet completely different.
Marcus Mooney and Matt Vogel laced up their cleats and grabbed their gloves in the South Carolina dugout Thursday afternoon. But the pair of former South Carolina baseball players lingered behind as the current Gamecocks got their final preseason practice going.
Eight months ago, Mooney and Vogel were in that same dugout for the final time as USC players. It was the initial mourning place after the Gamecocks lost back-to-back games to Oklahoma State in the Super Regionals to end their season and their careers. They lingered then as well, battling the devastation of a season that ended abruptly and prematurely. The pair, along with the rest of South Carolina’s outgoing seniors and early MLB departures, came up two games shy of reaching Omaha and the chance to play for a national title.
Now, they want to see the current team finish the task and lead the program back to the College World Series for the first time since 2012.
“That’s the ultimate goal when you come to a big school like this,” Mooney said. “It’s to get to Omaha and then win Omaha. Unfortunately, we have come up short the past couple seasons. Some of the older guys who are leaders know what we have been through and we will see if they can lead us to Omaha. I would be more than excited for them to get there.”
This time last year, Mooney, Vogel, Dom Thompson-Williams, Gene Cone, DC Arendas, Braden Webb and more were gearing up …
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