June 21, 2012
#8 South Carolina 4, Kent State 1
CWS Game 10
SEC team in title series for
fifth straight year
By Phil Stanton
With either Arkansas or South Carolina reaching
the CWS championship series, it will be the fifth straight
season that a school from the SEC will battle for the title.
Georgia reached the championship series in 2008, LSU won the
title in 2009, the Gamecocks won the crown in both 2010 and
2011, while Florida also played in the finals a season ago.
South Carolina will be the first team to play two
CWS games in the same day since 1987, when Georgia completed a
suspended game on May 31 and played a full contest against
Arkansas. The last teams to play two full CWS games in one day
were California and Michigan, both in 1980. The Wolverines faced
Miami (Fla.) and Arizona on June 2, while the Golden Bears met
Michigan and Clemson on June 1.
Michael Roth set a CWS record with 53.2 career
innings, passing the 47.0 innings by Steve Arlin of Ohio State
(1965-66) and Greg Swindell of Texas (1984-85). Roth raised his
CWS career record to 4-0, tying for the most career victories.
It was his seventh CWS start, matching the mark of J.D. Arteaga
of Miami (Fla.).
Roth is the fourth pitcher in CWS history to
throw a complete game with two or fewer hits and no walks. The
others are Craig Swan of Arizona State (6/14/72 vs. Temple, 9
IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 12 K), Dennis Musgraves of Missouri (6/17/64
vs. Maine (9 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) and Carl Thomas of
Arizona (6/12/55 vs. Springfield, 9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 15 K).
The game took 2:07, the shortest CWS contest
since June 14, 2003, when Rice edged Missouri State 4-2 in 2:02.
Kent State was 4-1 in the NCAA Tournament against
the SEC. The Golden Flashes had two wins over Kentucky in the
Gary Regional. In the CWS, KSU lost to Arkansas, defeated
Florida and fell to South Carolina.
Kent State is 14-5 against left-handed starters
this season, 33-15 vs. right-handers.
South Carolina now owns a 6-2 advantage in
all-time series with Kent State. Prior to Thursday, the teams
last met in 1997, with the Gamecocks taking two of three from
the Golden Flashes in Columbia.