June 21, 2012
Game 10 Notes
#8 South Carolina 2, Arkansas 0
Roth does it again as South
Carolina eliminates KSU
By Phil Stanton
Neb. – The legend grows.
Senior lefty Michael Roth tossed a two-hitter as
No. 8 South Carolina eliminated Kent State 4-1 in the 2012
College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park.
The Gamecocks (47-18) will face Arkansas this
evening at 8 p.m. CT. South Carolina needs two wins over the
Razorbacks to reach the championship series. The Golden Flashes
finished 47-20 after their first trip to Omaha.
Roth (9-1) allowed just two base-runners, a
leadoff single to George Roberts and a RBI single to Sawyer
Polen in the second as KSU took an early 1-0 lead. Roth retired
the final 22 hitters and faced just one over the minimum. He did
not walk a batter and struck out eight.
“I was able to hit the strike zone with pretty
much every pitch I threw,” Roth said. “That helped me a lot. I
didn't have any walks today. It was nice to be able to throw
everything for strikes.”
Roth set a CWS record with 53.1 career innings
pitched and tied the record with four career CWS victories. It
was his second win in Omaha in 2012 after defeating Florida in
the first round on June 16.
“Certainly today he was very special,” said South
Carolina head coach Ray Tanner. “He's had a lot of good ones.
But this was probably the most critical game that he's pitched
for us because he was good, and he gave us nine innings, which
gave our bullpen a chance to rest.”
It was the first complete game for Roth this
season and third in his career, all in the postseason. He went
the distance to top Clemson 5-1 in the 2010 College World Series
as the Gamecocks avoided elimination on their way to their first
national title. Roth registered a 7-3 win over Auburn in the
first round of the 2011 SEC Tournament in Hoover, Ala.
“He's a strike‑throwing machine,” said KSU head
coach Scott Stricklin. “He throws from different arm angles. You
never know what pitch is coming.
“Once we scored, it's almost like we made him
mad. He just commanded the game. That's why he's an
All-American. He is the biggest superstar our game has and he
throws 85 miles an hour. I've enjoyed watching him on TV. I did
not enjoy watching him today.”
South Carolina responded to the early deficit
with a pair in the bottom of the second. With one away, Adam
Matthews singled and moved to second on a base hit by Kyle
Martin. One out later, Grayson Greiner hit a grounder that Polen
at third tried to backhand, but went off his glove into foul
territory. Matthews scampered around to score ahead of Polen’s
throw to the plate to make it a 1-1 contest. Chase Vergason
followed with a single to right to plate Martin with the
The Gamecocks used some two-out power to add to
their lead. Christian Walker lined a double to right center and
L.B. Dantzler deposited a 1-0 pitch in the stands above the
bullpen in right to extend the lead to 4-1.
Sophomore right-hander Tyler Skulina (11-3) took
the loss for KSU, going 5.2 innings with six hits, four walks
and four runs. Skulina struck out nine, one away from his season
(photo courtesy of USC Media