USC pitcher Blake Cooper expected to pitch opener

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – Despite being hit by a line drive in Saturday's game, USC pitcher Blake Cooper will start the first game of the College World Series.

The senior right-hander met with University of South Carolina medical director Dr. Jeffrey Guy on Monday morning. He was examined and X-rayed and there was no sign of a fracture in his right hand.

Cooper will undergo daily treatments and is expected to pitch the opening game for the Gamecocks at the College World Series.

Cooper was hit by a line drive foul ball in the eighth inning of Saturday's game while sitting in the dugout at the NCAA Myrtle Beach Super Regional.

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