The United States Baseball World Cup team has a local flavor to it.
Two former South Carolina players and one former Clemson star are on the roster for the team, which will compete in the Arizona Fall League's International Division later this month before going to Chinese Taipei for the World Cup. Former Gamecocks Lee Gronkiewicz and Steve Pearce, plus former Clemson standout Tyler Colvin, were chosen as three of the 24 players.
Gronkiewicz, a Lancaster native who also played on the 2006 U.S. squad, joined Pearce for a cup of coffee in Major League Baseball this year. Gronkiewicz appeared in one game with Toronto and Pearce was a late-season call-up with Pittsburgh, playing in 23 games.
Colvin advanced to Class AA Tennessee in his first year with the Chicago Cubs' organization. The team is being managed by former New York Mets skipper Davey Johnson.
The team will play in Arizona Oct. 25-Nov. 1 before beginning play in Chinese Taipei Nov. 16. Sixteen countries are competing for the World Cup, with Chinese Taipei, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Panama, South Africa and Spain in Group A with the U.S.
Group B features Australia, Canada, Cuba, Germany, Korea, Netherlands, Thailand and Venezuela.
• MAKING HISTORY: Clemson's Ani Mijacika became the first in school history to advance to the finals of the Riviera/ITA All-American tennis championships, winning her first seven matches of the season and getting to the championship over the weekend.
Mijacika's historic run ended in the finals when she lost to California's Susie Babos in three sets.
The previous best was Julie Coin, who got to the semifinals of the tournament in 2004 and 2005. Mijacika beat Georgia Tech's Maya Johansson in their Final Four matchup, 6-2, 6-0.
Mijacika also teamed with Federica Van Adrichem to lead the Lady Tigers' top-ranked doubles team to the semifinals. They lost to Caitlin Whoriskey and Zsofia Zuber of Tennessee, 6-3, 3-6, 7-4.
• SO CLOSE: Clemson assistant golf coach Jordan Byrd fell two matches short of winning the U.S. Mid-Amateur, falling in the quarterfinals.
Byrd, the younger brother of former Tiger star Jonathan Byrd, beat his first three opponents in the match play event before facing Scott Hardy in the quarters. Hardy won 4&3 to advance.
• NEW VOICE: Brad Muller joined the USC women's basketball announcing team, giving the Lady Gamecocks an alumnus as their new play-by-play man.
Muller has done play-by-play for USC softball and color broadcasts for USC football. A 1992 graduate of USC, Muller has done radio or university communications for USC since receiving his degree.
He will join Robin Muller (no relation) on the broadcasts.