April 6

78 YEARS AGO TODAY: April 6, 1934

April 6, 2012 

Coach Billy Laval


Carolina picked up its first win of the young season at the expense of powerful NC State by a score of 10-4.

NC State entered the game hitting a lofty .500 as a team, and it appeared the trend would continue early. USC Coach Billy Laval saw his starter, southpaw “Country” Kneece, get knocked out early. NCSU reeled off three extra-base hits in the first inning, but came away with only two runs when reliever Grayson Wolf came in and shut the door.

Momentum swung to USC and they went on a tear, posting nine extra-base hits on their way to the win. The big blow was a homerun by John Munn in the eighth inning.

Carolina went on to have a big year in 1934. Their record was 12-3, but what was more impressive was that USC outscored its opponents by an amazing 129-43 margin.

Coach Billy Laval’s career coaching record at USC was impressive as well. He went 89-33 overall in his seven years (1928-1934) at the helm.

Compiled by Don Turner

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