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USC's Price receives high vote total for ESPN's Greatest All-Time Team

By DENNIS BRUNSON
dennis@theitem.com
Posted 7/10/20

Matt Price's career as the closer for the University of South Carolina continues to resonate throughout the annals of college baseball history.

Price, who helped the Gamecocks to not only the best 3-year stretch in the program's history, but one …

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USC's Price receives high vote total for ESPN's Greatest All-Time Team

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Matt Price's career as the closer for the University of South Carolina continues to resonate throughout the annals of college baseball history.

Price, who helped the Gamecocks to not only the best 3-year stretch in the program's history, but one of the best in college baseball history, was the third leading vote getter for the relief pitcher on ESPN's Greatest All-Time College Baseball Team.

The team was voted on by fans.

Price, who was the closer on consecutive College World Series championship teams in 2010 and 2011 and the CWS runner-up in '12, received 16.39 percent of the vote. Texas right-hander Huston Street was the leading vote-getter for closer at 32.4 percent, while Wichita State reliever Darren Dreifort was second at 16.59.

Others who were under consideration included Auburn's Gregg Olson, UCLA's David Berg, Miami's Danny Graves, Rice's Matt Anderson and Cal Irvine's Blair Erickson. Olson had 14.35 percent of the vote.

Price, who was a standout pitcher for Sumter High School and the Sumter American Legion P-15's, was named to the All-Decade team for the 2010s by D1Baseball.com last year. He helped USC set a national record with 22 consecutive wins in NCAA Tournament play from 2010-12.

Price, who was a captain in 2012, appeared in 102 games for the Gamecocks, going 18-10 with a 2.76 earned run average while picking up a Southeastern Conference record 43 saves. Price had 267 career strikeouts, including 94 in 2012.

As a senior, Price was in the starting rotation early in the season but eventually returned to the bullpen. The right-hander had a 5-5 win-loss record,13 saves and a 3.48 earned run average.

Price was a first team All-America selection by four different organizations in 2011, finishing with a 7-3 record and a 1.83 ERA with 20 saves. He also was named to the College World Series All-Tournament Team in 2011, closing out the series with saves in both wins over Florida in the championship series.

Price was a freshman All-American and picked up the win in the 2010 national championship-clinching victory over UCLA, pitching 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief. He also picked up a win over Clemson that sent the Gamecocks to the national championship series. In that contest, Price struck out three in 2 1/3 innings of relief.