Tick tock: Three games in one day
Two teams eliminated; will South Carolina be next sent home?
• Game 10: South Carolina 4, Kent State 1 Box Score
Thursday marks the ninth time a team has played two games in one day in the College World Series. Only two -- Tennessee in 1951 and Holy Cross in 1952 -- won both games. In the wake of Wednesday's rain delay, Kent State and South Carolina have the opportunity to join that elite list; the winner will advance to face Arkansas at 9 p.m. ET Thursday.
12:09 p.m. ET -- First pitch (strike) from South Carolina's Michael Roth to Kent State's Evan Campbell. ... Top of the first wraps three minutes later with a strikeout of David Lyon. ... First inning ends 0-0 at 12:18 p.m.
|LET'S PLAY TWO!|
|June 26, 1948||
USC vs. Yale
USC vs. Yale
|June 16, 1951||
Tennessee vs. Utah
Tennessee vs. USC
|June 15, 1952||
Holy Cross vs. Western Mich.
Holy Cross vs. Penn State
|June 10, 1974||
Seton Hall vs. Southern Ill.
Seton Hall vs. Texas
|June 10, 1974||
Southern Ill. vs. Seton Hall
Southern Ill. vs. USC
|June 1, 1980||
Cal vs. Michigan
Cal vs. Clemson
|June 2, 1980||
Michigan vs. Miami (Fla.)
Michigan vs. Arizona
|May 31, 1987||
* Georgia vs. Stanford
Georgia vs. Arkansas
|June 21, 2012||
S. Carolina vs. Kent State
S. Carolina vs. Arkansas
|* Completion of suspended game.|
12:25 p.m. -- Kent State draws first blood as George Roberts scores on an RBI-single to left field by Sawyer Polen. ... Flashes lead 1-0 after 1.1 innings.
12:35 p.m. -- South Carolina knots the score at 1-all with run-scoring single by Grayson Greiner to plate Adam Matthews. ... The Gamecocks' two-out rally -- which also includes and RBI-single by Chase Vergason to score Kyle Martin -- tallies two runs for a 2-1 lead after two innings.
12:44 p.m. -- With a strikeout of Kent State's Derel Toadvine, South Carolina's Michael Roth has now thrown a 47.1 innings in the College World Series, eclipsing the previous mark shared by Greg Swindell (Texas) and Steve Arlin (Ohio State).
12:49 p.m. -- South Carolina's Christian Walker slaps at two-out double for the first extra-base hit of the game. ... LB Dantzler follows with a two-run home run, his 10th of the season. South Carolina leads 4-1 after three innings.
12:58 p.m. -- Fielding his position, South Carolina's Michael Roth knocks down a line back through the box, scampers after the ball and throws out Kent State's George Roberts. ... Roth has allowed only two hits through four innings.
1:04 p.m. -- Kent State's Tyler Skulina has his second 1-2-3 inning; Flashes still trail 4-1 after four complete.
1:09 p.m. -- South Carolina's Michael Roth responds with his third consecutive 1-2-3 frame.
1:15 p.m. -- South Carolina opts for small ball; Joey Pankake lays down a sacrifice bunt to move Chase Vergason to second base. ... At 1:23 p.m., LB Dantzler earns a walk to load the bases with two outs in the bottom of the fifth. ... Adam Matthews strikes out on a check swing to end the inning. ... Kent State's Tyler Skulina now at 81 pitches through five innings of work.
1:25 p.m. -- The first on-field marketing promotion, courtesy Reese's. Whomever is in that Peanut Butter Cup costume is loving life in this heat.
1:34 p.m. -- Be right back: lunch is served in the pressbox -- brats with kraut, potato salad and brownies.
1:42 p.m. -- With two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, Kent State's Tyler Skulina is lifted for relief pitcher Casey Wilson. He enters with runners on first and second -- and strikes out South Carolina's Joey Pankake on four pitches. ... The final line on Skulina: 5.2 innings, six hits, four runs -- all earned, four walks, nine strikeouts. He had 101 pitches, 61 for strikes.
1:50 p.m. -- NCAA working to determine the last time a team struck out four batters in one inning using two different pitchers. ... The last time one pitcher struck out four batters in one inning: June 8, 1990 -- Stanford's Scott Weiss vs. Georgia.
1:51 p.m. -- South Carolina's Michael Roth has retired 16 consecutive Kent State hitters. Heading to the seventh-inning stretch, South Carolina still leads 4-1.
1:56 p.m. -- Another pitching change for Kent State. Left-hander Brian Clark enters with two out in the bottom of the seventh inning.
2:05 p.m. -- South Carolina's Michael Roth wraps up his eighth inning -- 95 pitches, 64 for strikes -- and has set down 19 consecutive Kent State batters.
2:10 p.m. -- South Carolina's Tanner English strokes a double down the left-field line. It's the first base hit for either team since LB Dantzler's home run in the third inning.
2:12 p.m. -- Finishing what he started? South Carolina's Michael Roth takes the mound for the ninth inning. He does not have a complete game in 18 previous starts this season. ... With pitch No. 100, Roth retires Kent State's Joe Koch on a grounder to third. ... Kent State's Derek Toadvine strikes out. ... Kent State's Evan Campbell flies out to end the game at 2:16 p.m.
Notes: South Carolina's Michael Roth won a record fourth game in the CWS and retired the final 19 Kent State batters. ... Roth's complete-game two-hitter was the first in the CWS since Long Beach State's Mike Fontana defeated Kansas on June 6, 1993. ... Roth has three career complete games -- and two have come in elimination games at the CWS, including against Clemson on June 26, 2010, during the Gamecoacks' first national championship season. ... Roth has a 1.34 career ERA in the CWS (sixth all-time among pitchers with 30 innings), allowing just eight runs on 31 hits in 53.2 innings. ... The game was 2 hours, 7 minutes -- the quickest game since Rice-Missouri State played 2:02 on June 14, 2003.
• Game 11: Arizona 10, Florida State 3 Box Score
3:36 p.m. -- Arizona is taking batting practice while Forida State mulls around the first-base dugout. First pitch is scheduled for 5:08 p.m.
3:46 p.m. -- Starting pitchers: Florida State's Charlie Leibrandt (8-2, 2.65 ERA) vs. Arizona's Kurt Heyer (12-2, 2.22 ERA).
5:06 p.m. -- Arizona trots from the third-base dugout onto the field. Heyer begins taking his warm-up pitches.
5:08 p.m. -- Arizona's Kurt Heyer first a first-pitch strike to Florida State's Sherman Johnson. On a 2-2 count, Johnson laces a single to left-center field; he is thrown out trying to stretch the base hit into a double. Replay shows Johnson beat the tag at second base.
5:12 p.m. -- Arizona's Kurt Heyer caps a 13-pitch first inning by inducing a grounder to second by Florida State's James Ramsey.
5:16 p.m. -- Arizona's Joey Rickard singles to left field to start the bottom of the first inning. Johnny Field follows with a comebacker to the mound; FSU's Brandon Leibrandt throws the ball into center field for an error as Rickard races to third. ... Seminoles head coach Mike Martin strolls to the mound, gathers the troops and tries to calm the nerves of freshman lefty Leibrandt.
5:25 p.m. -- Arizona, leading 1-0 on a single by Alex Mejia, has loaded the bases with none out. No one is warming in the Florida State bullpen ...
5:30 p.m. -- After a sacrifice fly by Seth Mejias-Brean gives Arizona a 2-0 lead, the Wildcats again load the bases after a walk to Bobby Brown. ... And there's (finally) movement in the Seminoles bullpen behind the right-field wall.
|Ben Tucker||USC||0.0||Miami (Fla.)|
|David Yocum||FSU||0.1||Miami (Fla.)|
5:34 p.m. -- A two-error play yields to more runs for Arizona; the Wildcats now lead 4-0 with only one out. ... FSU head coach Mike Martin walks to the mound, makes the call to the bullpen: right-handed reliever Luke Weaver trots in from the 'pen. ... Seminoles' Brandon Leibrandt faces seven batters, records one out. ... Florida State became the first team to commit three errors in one inning at the CWS since June 21, 2004, when Miami (Fla.) had three errors in the second inning against Cal State Fullerton, a 6-3 win for CSF.
5:41 p.m. -- After a single by Trent Gilbert plates two more runs, the line on Florida State's Brandon Leibrandt is complete: 0.1 innings, three hits, six runs -- two earned, and two walks. ... Coupled with the 1.0-inning start for Florida’s Hudson Randall on June 18 and the 0.1-inning start for UCLA’s Zack Weiss on June 19, Leibrandt’s 0.1-inning start makes it three times in the 2012 CWS in which a starting pitcher lasted an inning or less. That has not happened in one year in Omaha since 1995 (chart at left). ... Arizona is the second team in the 2012 CWS to bat around with 10 batters. UCLA did it on June 15 against Stony Brook. Both UCLA and Arizona achieved the feat in the first inning. ... After one inning: Arizona 6, Florida State 0.
5:51 p.m. -- Florida State begins the top of the second inning with a base hit by Jayce Boyd followed by a one-out hit by Justin Gonzalez. ... However, Arizona's Kurt Heyer works out of trouble and retires Josh Delph and Seth Miller to end the top of the second inning.
5:59 p.m. -- After recording two outs on fly balls, FSU's Luke Weaver yields a base hit to Arizona's Robert Refsnyder to extend the bottom of the second. ... Refsnyder steals second base, then the Wildcats' Seth Mejias-Brean works a walk; runners on first and second with two outs. ... A walk to Bobby Brown loads the bases. ... At 6:08 p.m., Arizona's Joseph Maggi flies out to end the second inning.
6:08 p.m. -- Two innings played in one hour. At this pace, South Carolina won't play two games on Thursday; its second game will get under way in the wee hours of Friday morning.
6:14 p.m. -- Arizona's Kurt Heyer retires three of four Florida State hitters; Wildcats remain on top 6-0 entering the bottom of the third inning.
6:23 p.m. -- Florida State's Luke Weaver retires three of four Arizona hitters; Seminoles still trail 6-0 entering the top of the fourth inning.
6:27 p.m. -- Florida State's Jayce Boyd strokes a lead-off single in the fourth, the second time Boyd has started an inning with a hit against Arizona. ... FSU's Justin Gonzalez doubles into right-center to score Boyd with the Noles' first run.
6:34 p.m. -- Arizona's Kurt Heyer retires the Noles after the 3,843rd delay to get a beach ball off the outfield warning track.
6:39 p.m. -- Arizona's Robert Refsnyder clubs a 2-1 pitch over the left-field wall for his seventh home run of the season. The Wilcats lead 7-1. ... Seth Mejias-Brean follows with a double down the left-field line. ... FSU head coach Mike Martin again has a slow stroll to the bump but does not make a pitching change.
6:42 p.m. -- Arizona's Bobby Brown smokes a home run over the right-field wall, his fifth of the season; the Wilcats' lead is now 9-1. ... FSU head coach Mike Martin again has a slow stroll to the bump and this time does make a pitching change, summoning left-hander Kyle Bird. ... Including Thursday, FSU's Luke Weaver has allowed seven earned runs in 4.2 innings during his past three outings. He had allowed just one earned run in his previous 9.2 innings of relief
6:47 p.m. -- The hit parade continues for Arizona: Jospeh Maggi greets FSU's Kyle Bird with a single to center. (Brandon Dixon enters as a pinch-runner for Maggi.) ... And with only one out, we're still on pace for a 4-plus-hour game.
6:50 p.m. -- After a walk to Arizona's Riley Moore puts runners on first and second with only one out, FSU's Mike Martin again strolls to the mound, hails lefty Brandon Johnson from the bullpen.
6:55 p.m. -- Arizona's Trent Gilbert retired ... and FSU head coach Mike Martin strolls to the mound for another pitching change; Gage Smith becomes the Noles' fourth pitcher of the inning. ... Arizona's Joey Rickard singles in the Wildcats' 10th run.
7 p.m. -- Florida State's Gage Smith walks Johnny Field to load the bases for Arizona. ... Alex Mejia lines out to left field to end the bottom of the fourth: Arizona 10, Florida State 1. ... Somewhere in the bowels of TD Ameritrade Park you can hear the faint calls, "Cut me, Mick. Cut me!"
7:08 p.m. -- And at the 2-hour mark, Arizona's Andy Lopez trots to the mound to talk with pitcher Kurt Heyer, who allowed a lead-off single to FSU's Jose Brizuela and walked Sherman Johnson.
7:12 p.m. -- Arizona ends the inning with a diving stop by third baseman Set Mejias-Brean to throw out FSU's Jayce Boyd to end the top of the fifth inning.
7:15 p.m. -- Just for reference purposes: At this point in Game 10, South Carolina was making its way to the showers after a 2-hour, 7-minute ballgame ...
7:21 p.m. -- Florida State's Gage Smith working with two outs and runners on first (Bobby Brown) and second (Robert Refsnyder) with Riley Moore at the plate. A fly out to right field ends the inning. After five complete: Arizona 10, Florida State 1.
7:27 p.m. -- With one out, Florida State's Justin Gonzalez doubles off Arizona's Kurt Heyer. ... FSU's Josh Delph slaps the ball down the third-base line, Arizona's Seth Mejias-Brean snares it, throws to first and Brandon Dixon sticks the bag for the second out; nice play on both ends.
7:32 p.m. -- Brian Busch on to pitch for Florida State in the bottom of the sixth inning. He is the Seminoles' sixth pitcher of the game. ... And after 2:28, FSU records its first 1-2-3 inning of the game. After six innings, Arizona holds a 10-1 lead.
7:43 p.m. -- Arizona's Kurt Heyer hits the 100-pitch mark; 63 have been strikes. ... With the bases loaded and none out, there is action in the Wildcats' bullpen. ... And after scuffling through the top of the seventh, Arizona yields just one run -- a sac fly by Jayce Boyd. Wildcats lead trimmed to 10-2.
7:52 p.m. -- Peter Miller on to pitch for Florida State in the bottom of the seventh inning. He is the Seminoles' seventh pitcher of the game.
8:01 p.m. -- FSU's Peter Miller faces five batters, is helped by a double play and allows no runs. Through seven complete: Arizona 10, Florida State 2.
8:05 p.m. -- After 7.1 innings, Arizona's Kurt Heyer is lifted in favor of relief pitcher Tyler Crawford. Heyer's final line: 7.1 innings, nine hits, two runs -- both earned, three walks and three strikeouts. He threw 123 pitches; 75 were strikes.
8:15 p.m. -- Bryant Holtmann on to pitch for Florida State in the bottom of the eighth inning. He is the Seminoles' eighth pitcher of the game, which ties the CWS record for most pitchers in a nine-inning game (North Carolina in 2007; Arkansas in '09).
8:21 p.m. -- Arizona's Johnny Field singles to right field, extending his hitting streak to 14 games.
8:28 p.m. -- Florida State's Sherman Johnson gets the double that eluded him in the first inning, ripping a ball inside the first-base line. ... Devon Travis doubles into the left-center field gap to score Giovanny Alfonzo, who pinch-ran for Johnson. FSU trails 10-3.
8:33 p.m. -- FSU's Jayce Boyd grounds out to Arizona shortstop Alex Mejia for the third out to end Game 11.
Notes: The fourth-inning home runs by Arizona's Robert Refsnyder and Bobby Brown marked the first time a team has had two home runs in one inning at the CWS since Flordia State on June 24, 2010, in an 11-7 loss to TCU. ... Arizona has gotten at least 7.0 innings from its starter in every game of the NCAA Tournament this year. UA is the only school in the 64-team field that can make that claim.
• Game 12: South Carolina 2, Arkansas 0 Box Score
9:13 p.m. -- Twenty minutes before the scheduled first pitch, Arkansas' players are running sprints in left field. ... South Carolina's players are hanging around the first-base dugout with several players pacing around.
9:30 p.m. -- First pitch from Arkansas' Randall Fant is a ball to South Carolina's Joey Pankake. ... On a 2-2 pitch, Pankake lifts a fly ball to right for the first out.
9:33 p.m. -- South Carolina's Evan Marzilli singles up the middle for the Gamecocks. ... Marzilli attempts to steal second; Christian Walker is called out for batter's interference and Marzilli returns to first base.
9:39 p.m. -- South Carolina freshman Jordan Montgomery is taking his warm-up pitches in the bottom of the first inning. ... Gamecocks' shortstop Joey Pankake ranges behind second base to snare a ground ball and throw out Arkansas' lead-off batter, Tim Carver, for the first out.
9:45 p.m. -- The first inning is in the books as South Carolina's Jordan Montgomery faces the minimum, thanks to catcher Grayson Greiner throwing out Arkansas' Joe Serrano on a stolen-base attempt. Montgomery strikes out the Hogs' Matt Reynolds to end the frame.
9:49 p.m. -- Erik Payne doubles to left field to lead off the top of the second inning for South Carolina. ... Tanner English follows with an RBI-double to give the Gamecocks a 1-0 lead. ... Arkansas pitching coach Dave Jorn to the mound to chat with lefty Randall Fant.
9:56 p.m. -- South Carolina's Chase Vergason singles to center to score Tanner English, who had taken third on a ground out by Grayson Greiner. ... Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn makes a pitching change; Brandon Moore in to pitch for the Razorbacks. ... South Carolina's Joey Pankake hits into a 6-4-3 double play to end the top of the second inning with the Gamecocks holding a 2-0 lead.
10:02 p.m. -- Officially been at the ballpark for 12 hours -- and we're just getting settled in for the third game on Thursday!
10:04 p.m. -- That's a 1-2-3 inning for South Carolina's Jordan Montgomery. ... South Carolina pitchers have retired 28 of the past 29 batters.
10:12 p.m. -- Arkansas leaves the Gamecocks' Christian Walker stranded at first base after a one-out single. Heading to the bottom of the third inning, South Carolina still leads 2-0.
10:14 p.m. -- Beach balls galore on the warning track in left-center field. The grounds crew sprints out to gather up and deposit the balls over the fence in center field. ... Happily, game is not delayed.
10:17 p.m. -- South Carolina's Jordan Montgomery strikes out Arkansas' Derrick Bleeker to begin the bottom of the third inning. ... Ditto: Matt Vinson; strikeout. ... Jake Wise lines out to right field to end the frame. ... SC hurlers have now sat down 31 of 32 batters.
10:23 p.m. -- Mmmm, a Zesto's chocolate shake would be great about right now. Alas the line is too long. Maybe Friday -- and there will be a game at 9 p.m. Friday -- an Arkansas-South Carolina rematch -- if SC holds serve. (And yes, it would be the third matchup between these teams if that comes to pass ...)
10:29 p.m. -- Arkansas' Brandon Moore retires the Gamecocks 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth.
10:33 p.m. -- Pitcher Fielding Practice (PFP) pays off for South Carolina; first baseman Christian Walker snares a ground ball to his right, tosses to Jordan Montgomery covering the bag to nip Arkansas' Tim Carver for the first out in the bottom of the fourth inning. ... Hogs' Joe Serrano flies out to left field. ... Matt Reynolds flies out to second base. That's 34 of 35 retired by SC pitching.
10:41 p.m. -- Brandon Moore continues dealing, keeping Arkansas in the game -- and South Carolina off balance; Gamecocks haven't squared-up a ball. Another 1-2-3 inning for the Razorbacks. The score remains South Carolina 2, Arkansas 0 entering the bottom of the fifth inning.
10:45 p.m. -- South Carolina's Jordan Montgomery back on the bump, pounding the strike zone: Arkansas' Dominic Ficociello grounds out to short; Brian Anderson strikes out, and is thrown out 2-3 on the play; Bo Bigham is hit by a pitch; Derrick Bleeker singles to left field and Bigham is thrown out at third base for the third out. ... Through five innings, Montgomery has thrown 58 pitches, 38 for strikes.
10:53 p.m. -- South Carolina's Christian Walker lines out to lead off the sixth inning. ... LB Dantzler reaches on an error by Arkansas first baseman Dominic Ficociello with one out, then advances to second base on a passed ball by the Hogs catcher Jake Wise. ... Adam Matthews singles to center; Dantzler advances to third base. ... Erik Payne taps back to the pitcher, Arkansas' Brandon Moore throws out Dantzler at the plate; runners on first and second. ... Tanner English lines out for the third out.
11:05 p.m. -- Arkansas' Matt Vinson leads off the bottom of the sixth inning with a single to left-center field. ... Jake Wise lines out to South Carolina shortstop Joey Pankake, who firesto first to nip Vinson for a 6-3 twin-killing.
11:08 p.m. -- Sweet Caroline playing between innings. The crowd is somewhat into the sign-a-long.
11:13 p.m. -- Arkansas turns a nifty 2-6-3 double play on a bunt attempt by South Carolina's Chase Vergason. ... Hogs keep Gamecocks in check, trail 2-0 entering bottom of the seventh inning.
11:22 p.m. -- South Carolina's Jordan Montgomery continues to roll; another 1-2-3 inning.
11:24 p.m. -- End of the line for Razorbacks' Brandon Moore: 5.2 innings, two hits, one walk, one strikeout -- 85 pitches, 52 for strikes. ... Arkansas brings on Trent Daniels to pitch as the top of the eighth gets under way.
11:27 p.m. -- Gamecocks' Christian Walker strokes a lead-off single to begin the eighth inning -- and he's promptly ereased, caught stealing by Arkansas' Jake Wise.
11:33 p.m. -- With two outs, Nolan Sanburn is on for Arkansas, replacing Trent Daniels. ... With runners on first and second for South Carolina, Kyle Martin pinch hits for Erik Payne and grounds out to second to cap the top of the eighth.
11:38 p.m. -- Arkansas' Brian Anderson works a walk to lead off the eighth inning. ... There's stirring in the South Carolinas bullpen as head coach Ray Tanner strolls to the mound to talk with freshman lefty Jordan Montgomery.
11:40 p.m. -- Arkansas cannot buy a break. Hogs' Bo Bigham drives a ball up the first-base line, snared 90 feet away by South Carolina's Christian Walker, who steps on the bag then throws to second base to get Anderson for a 3-6 double play. ... Arkansas' Derrick Bleeker grounds out to second base to end the inning. ... Through eight, Gamecocks' Jordan Montgomery has thrown 89 pitches, 57 for strikes.
11:52 p.m. -- Arkansas' Nolan Sanburn retires three of four South Carolina batters. We head to the bottom of the ninth with the Gamecocks leading 2-0.
11:54 p.m. -- South Carolina calls on Matt Price to close out Arkansas, ending Jordan Montgomery's eight-inning, three-hit night.
12 a.m. -- Two outs ... and some yahoo runs on the field. Grounds crew wrangles the dude. ... Let's get back to playing ball.
12:02 a.m. -- Arkansas' Jimmy Bosco comes out to pinch hit and swings at the first pitch: pop up to short. Ball game.
South Carolina and Arkansas will play again at 9 p.m. ET Friday (ESPN) in an elimination game. The winner advances to the CWS Championship Series against Arizona (8 p.m. ET Sunday on ESPN2).