The two-time defending national champion South Carolina Gamecocks got off to a slow start, but finished strong to top SEC rival Florida, 7-3, in the second game of Saturday’s action.
Trailing 2-0 in the fifth inning, the first five South Carolina batters reached base and wound up scoring to give starting pitcher Michael Roth a lead he wouldn’t give up.
Roth’s ERA fell to fifth all-time at the College World Series. The lefthander has allowed eight earned runs in 44.2 innings for a 1.61 ERA. With the victory, Roth became just the fourth pitcher in history with a CWS win in three different years — 2010-2012.
In the opening game of the day, DJ Baxendale, Arkansas’ junior right-hander, held Kent State hitless into the fifth inning and combined with Brandon Moore on a four-hitter in the Razorbacks’ 8-1 victory that spoiled the Golden Flashes’ first appearance in the College World Series.