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      Hammond alum returns home to play spoiler

      COLUMBIA (WACH)- Campbell University's Brooks Borders always hoped to play in Columbia again one day. He gets that chance on Friday.

      The Hammond alum has worked his way into the second baseman role for the Fighting Camels, who take on USC Friday night at Carolina Stadium in the NCAA Regionals.

      "I can't explain how excited I am to be back here," Borders said. "It's great to be home."

      Borders was in Campbell's lineup for four games during the Big South Tournament and Camels head coach Greg Goff says the freshman from Columbia was a big reason why they were crowned conference champions.

      "He's been a big asset for us," Goff said. "I know when we recruited him he talked about having a chance to come back home and play. He's going to get that opportunity tomorrow night."

      An opportunity to prove doubters wrong. Borders wasn't on the Gamecocks radar coming out of Hammond, but now he has the chance to show everyone what he's made of in his backyard.

      "There's motivation for sure," Borders said. "It's hard not to be motivated playing in a regional."

      A regional that the Camels haven't seen in 24 years.

      "We've just got to play our game," Borders said. "That's all we can control."

      USC and Campbell are set for Friday at 7 p.m.