June 25, 2010
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Roth goes the distance
as South Carolina quiets Clemson
By Phil Stanton
OMAHA, Neb. – It was an unexpected
surprise for the Gamecocks.
Sophomore lefty Michael Roth tossed a
complete-game three-hitter as South Carolina defeated Clemson in
Game 12 of the 2010 College World Series in front of 22,194 fans
at Rosenblatt Stadium.
The Gamecocks (51-16) and the Tigers (45-24) will
meet again on Saturday at 6 p.m. CT. The winner will advance to
the CWS Championship Series.
played a near-perfect game today for us,” said South Carolina
head coach Ray Tanner (right). “We played extremely well. We
manufactured some runs early. We played pretty solid defense.
And what can you say about Michael Roth’s performance?”
Roth (2-1) walked one and struck out four. He
faced just six batters over the minimum.
“I told Coach I’d throw until my arm fell off,”
Roth said. “I didn’t expect to go nine innings. But I really
expected to go five. I just kept taking it one inning at a
It was the 36th appearance and first start of the
season for Roth.
“You don’t see a sidearm lefty very often,” Roth
said. “They tried to make adjustments, but I just kept coming in
on them. Whenever they backed off the plate a little bit, I’d
keep coming in. And they just kept jamming themselves. I mainly
threw fastballs in and sliders away.”
He had worked a total of 26.1 innings. Only once
had he pitched more that 1.2 innings and that was 3.1 innings in
relief in the regionals against Bucknell. He made two starts as
a freshman, with his longest stint being 4.1 innings.
“He’s been an outstanding pitcher for us all
year,” Tanner said, “and my confidence level was that he would
get the game going for us and we’d have a chance through three
or four and we’d have to figure out what we were going to do.
And then he kept stretching it out. That was one of the most
impressive performances I’ve ever had a young man pitch for me.”
Only one leadoff hitter reached for the Tigers.
Richie Shaffer had a leadoff double in the bottom of the third,
moved to third on a groundout and scored on a passed ball.
Only once did Roth face more than four batters in
an inning. Wilson Boyd reached on a one-out error and moved to
second on Spercer Kieboom’s base hit. But Roth got a fielder’s
choice and a fly out to left to end the threat.
South Carolina scored single runs in each of the
first four innings. Evan Marzilli had a leadoff double and
scored on a groundout by Jackie Bradley Jr. in the first. Brady
Thomas had a leadoff double in the second and came home on a
base hit by Adrian Morales. Marzilli drew a one-out walk and
came in on a double by Bradley to make it 3-0.
Kyle Enders homered with two away in the fourth,
his third of the season, to give the Gamecocks a 4-1 advantage.
“I only had two coming in,” Enders said. “To hit
one in the College World Series is definitely an honor for me.
He had thrown me two previous curveballs. I was 2-1. I was
sitting on a fastball in and I got it.”
Enders added a run-scoring single in the sixth to
complete the scoring.
Enders and Thomas both finished with two hits for
No Tiger had more than one hit.
“We didn’t get any flow offensively going,” said
Clemson head coach Jack Leggett. “We got behind early. But this
ballgame’s over. As far as I’m concerned, we’ve just got to come
back tomorrow and be ready to play.”
(photo by Jimmy Jones)