South Carolina 5
9:00 PM ET, June 25, 2010
Roth tosses three-hitter in rare start to keep South Carolina alive
OMAHA, Neb. -- South Carolina left-hander Michael Roth bumped into coach Ray Tanner near the elevator at the team hotel on Friday and told him he would pitch against Clemson until his arm falls off."He asked me if that was one inning," a smiling Roth said.Roth lasted one inning, all right, and eight more.A situational reliever who had logged more than three innings just twice in 48 career appearances, Roth pitched a three-hitter in his first start in 14 months -- a performance that carried the Gamecocks to a 5-1 College World Series victory over Clemson.Their win forced a second Bracket 2 final. South Carolina (51-16) and Clemson (45-24) meet again Saturday, with the winner advancing to the best-of-three championship round that starts Monday.Roth was efficient, throwing 109 pitches and getting 16 groundball outs. He allowed a double to Richie Shaffer leading off the third, then retired 15 of the next 17 before Wilson Boyd reached on an error.After Clemson's Brad Miller singled to right with two outs in the ninth, Roth struck out John Hinson. He pounded his glove with his left hand as he walked off the mound, high-fived a teammate and chest-bumped another.
Bennett: Reliever To Relief
Matt Roth was more than an emergency arm Friday, writes ESPN.com's Brian Bennett. He's the reason South Carolina's still playing. Blog
• Michael Roth, whose longest outing entering today was 4 1/3 innings, threw a complete-game three-hitter.
• Clemson's previous low for hits in a game this season was four and it was just the second time they were held to a single run.
• Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hitting streak to 20 games and drove in two runs for the Gamecocks.
• This is the first time since 1988 (and second time overall) that both brackets will play a winner-take-all game to decide the championship participants.
|1st||J Bradley Jr. grounded out to shortstop, E Marzilli scored.||1||0|
|2nd||A Morales singled to right, B Thomas scored, A Morales tagged out at second attempting to advance on play.||2||0|
|3rd||J Bradley Jr. doubled to deep left center, E Marzilli scored.||3||0|
|3rd||R Shaffer scored on K Enders' passed ball.||3||1|
|4th||K Enders homered to left.||4||1|
|6th||K Enders singled to left, B Thomas scored, K Enders to second advancing on throw.||5||1|
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|Weather:||88 degrees, sunny|
|Umpires:||Home Plate - Gus Rodriguez, First Base - Jim Jackson, Second Base - Chris Coskey, Third Base - Mark Ditsworth|