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Don Brock is the fifth person affiliated with the baseball program to be inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame at USC Upstate. All five selections have come from the inaugural varsity baseball teams at the University. Brock played for Upstate, then USC Spartanburg, from 1987-88.
Despite playing just two seasons with the program as a pitcher, Brock still ranks among the all-time greats in several career and statistical categories. He ranks second all-time in shutouts and third all-time in complete games. His 3.89 career earned run average ranks fifth all-time, while his 15 wins is the fifth-best figure in program history. He also ranks among the program's all-time leaders (Top 15) in strikeouts per nine innings, strikeouts, games started and innings pitched.
Brock is tied for the single-season school records for wins and shutouts, recording eight victories in 1988 and two shutouts in 1987. The seven wins in the 1987 season rank fourth all-time. He ranks among the single-season leaders in nine other statistical categories.
Brock helped lead the 1987 team to a 36-9 record. He was a perfect 7-0 on the mound with a 4.22 ERA. He tossed 64 innings in 10 starts with 59 strikeouts and two shutouts. He was, again, one of the top pitchers in 1988, posting an 8-2 record with a 3.64 ERA. He tossed 81.2 innings with 66 strikeouts and a shutout. For his career, he posted a 15-2 record with a 3.89 ERA. He tossed 145.2 innings with 125 strikeouts, seven complete games and three shutouts.
Brock was selected in the 35th round by the San Francisco Giants in the 1988 Major League Baseball Draft. He pitched in the Giants organization for three years. He played for Pocatello (Idaho) in Rookie League ball in 1988 before playing High-A ball for San Jose of the California League in 1989 and 1990. Prior to his two -year career at USC Upstate/Spartanburg, Brock was a standout pitcher at Anderson College.
A native of Liberty, S.C., Brock currently works for Duke Energy at the Oconee Nuclear Station. He and his wife, Donna, have five children; daughter Baillie and sons Bowen, Benjamin, Bryson and Braxton.