OMAHA—South Carolina lefthander Michael Roth, making his first start since April 14, 2009, threw a complete-game, three-hit masterpiece, leading the Gamecocks to a 5-1 win against Clemson. The South Carolina victory forces a decisive rematch between the two rivals on Saturday, with the winner advancing to the CWS Finals.
Before Friday, the longest outing of Roth's career came in that aforementioned start against College of Charleston, when he lasted 4 1/3 innings. On Friday, he carved up Clemson's lefthanded-leaning lineup, inducing 16 groundball outs and striking out four while walking just one.
South Carolina, meanwhile, scored single runs in each of the first four innings to take control of the game.
More to come after postgame.
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