June 18, 2012
Game 8 Notes
Stanek, Astin pitch Arkansas
past South Carolina
By Phil Stanton
OMAHA, Neb. – The streaks are over.
Ryne Stanek and Barrett Astin combined on a
four-hitter as Arkansas edged No. 8 South Carolina 2-1 Monday in
the 2012 College World Series in front of 23,537 fans at TD
The Gamecocks (46-18) will face Kent State on
Wednesday at 7 p.m. CT in an elimination game. The winner will
have to beat the Razorbacks (46-20) on both Thursday and Friday
to reach the championship series.
South Carolina had two win streaks snapped. The
Gamecocks had won 12 straight CWS games and 22 consecutive NCAA
Tournament contests, both records.
“It was a great run,” said South Carolina head
coach Ray Tanner said of the streaks. “It’s one of those things
that you don’t know if it will ever happen again. It’s been a
pretty good run. I’m proud of what these guys did and how they
battled. But Arkansas tonight was a better team.”
Stanek (8-4) allowed three hits and one run in
six innings with three walks and three strikeouts to record the
“The fastball was jumping out of his hands,” said
Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn, “it was easy. It wasn't like
he was overthrowing. He'd go 2-0, and he was able to throw a
strike. That was huge. He just looked like a polished pitcher
tonight. I thought he did a great job on a tough stage. I was
just real proud of him.”
Astin allowed one hit in three innings with one
strikeout to record his 11th save. Seven of his nine outs came
on ground balls.
“We had a fresh bullpen, so we decided to go with
Barrett,” Van Horn said. “And Barrett came in and did an
outstanding job of throwing strikes. Just about everything he
throws moves. We don't ask him to go out there and strike people
out. We just want him to go out there and make them swing, and
that's what he did.”
Arkansas got on the board first. Tim Carver had a
leadoff single in the top of the first, was sacrificed to
second, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a double to
left center by Dominic Ficociello to give the Razorbacks a 1-0
The Razorbacks added to their lead in the top of
the fourth. Brian Anderson got a leadoff walk and attempted to
steal second with Bo Bigham (2 for 4) at the plate. But Bigham
was called for batter’s interference and Anderson returned to
first. After Joe Serrano flew out to right, Anderson did steal
second. Matt Vinson singled to right to plate Anderson, giving
Arkansas a 2-0 advantage.
South Carolina cut into the lead in the fifth.
Chase Vergason drew a leadoff walk and was sacrificed to second.
With two away, Evan Marzilli (2 for 4) lined an 0-2 pitch to the
gap in left center for a triple to drive in Vergason and make it
Both teams had other opportunities to score, as
each stranded seven overall and six in scoring position. The
Gamecocks went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position, while
the Razorbacks were 2 for 11.
Colby Holmes (7-2, 3.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K)
suffered the loss for South Carolina. Tyler Webb (5.1 IP, 2 H, 1
BB, 4 K) was terrific in relief for the Gamecocks.