2012-06-22 / State/National Sports

Arkansas forces So. Carolina into rematch

College World Series:
By ErIC oLSoN
Ap Sports Writer

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Lefty see, lefty do.

Hours after he watched senior left-hander Michael Roth’s twohitter against Kent State keep South Carolina’s season alive, freshman lefty Jordan Montgomery did his best imitation of the Gamecocks’ undisputed team leader when he got his turn against Arkansas on Thursday night.

Montgomery held the Razorbacks to three singles over eight innings, and the two-time defending national champions won 2-0 to force a rematch Friday night that will decide which team goes to the best-of-three College World Series finals against Arizona.

“Definitely watching Roth pitch that first game, I knew I just needed to come out here and put up some zeroes for the team and save the series and save the bullpen for the next game,” Montgomery said.

The Gamecocks (48-18) have staved off elimination twice since Arkansas (48-18) beat them 2-1 on Monday, snapping their record 22-game winning streak in the NCAA tourney.

Coach Ray Tanner couldn’t have hoped for a better outcome after the 4-1 win over Kent State. The only reliever he called on Thursday was closer Matt Price, who worked the ninth inning against Arkansas for his 13th save.

“For the second time today we got an absolute wonderful game out of our lefty,” Tanner said.

The Gamecocks’ runs Thursday came in the second inning on Tanner English’s double and Chase Vergason’s single.

Montgomery (6-1) struck out six and walked one in his first outing since June 3.

South Carolina is the third team in the 63-year history of the CWS to win two full games in the same day. The last to do it was Holy Cross in 1952, when it beat Western Michigan and Penn State en route to the title. Tennessee won two in a day in 1951.

So. Carolina 4, Kent St. 1

Roth pitched a two-hitter and South Carolina eliminated Kent State.

Grayson Greiner and Chase Vergason hit consecutive RBI singles in the second inning to erase Kent State’s 1-0 lead. LB Dantzler homered in the third against Tyler Skulina (11-3).

Kent State (47-20) finished 1-2 in its first CWS appearance.

Roth (9-1) struck out eight and walked none.

Arizona 10, Florida St. 3

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Arizona converted three errors into a six-run first inning and advanced to the College World Series finals with a 10-3 victory over Florida State on Thursday.

Freshman starter Brandon Leibrandt (8-3) was pulled after he recorded just one out for the Seminoles, who used eight pitchers to tie a CWS record for a nine-inning game.

Robert Refsnyder and Bobby Brown homered in a span of three at-bats in the fourth as the Wildcats built a 10-1 lead.

The Wildcats (46-17) won Bracket 1 and will open the bestof three finals Sunday.

The Seminoles (50-17) were making their 21st appearance in Omaha and no other team has played in the CWS as many times without winning a championship.

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