Thursday's College World Series Capsules
Friday, June 22, 2012
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 their lead to 10-1.
Kurt Heyer (13-2) worked 7 1-3 innings while taking the national lead for wins.
The Wildcats (46-17) won Bracket 1 and will open the best-of-three finals Sunday. Arizona, which will be playing for its fourth national championship and first since 1986, has won nine games in a row and is 56-0 when scoring nine or more runs since March 2010.
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.
SOUTH CAROLINA 2, ARKANSAS 0
Freshman Jordan Montgomery and Matt Price combined on a three-hitter to lift two-time defending national champion South Carolina to a 2-0 victory over Arkansas.
South Carolina (48-18) and Arkansas (46-21) will play again Friday night to decide which team goes to the best-of-three finals against Arizona starting Sunday.
Arkansas beat South Carolina 2-1 on Monday, snapping the Gamecocks' record 22-game winning streak in the NCAA tournament.
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 pitchers faced 57 batters in Thursday's two games — three over the minimum.
Randall Fant (2-3) lasted 1 1-3 innings, allowing four hits and both runs.
SOUTH CAROLINA 4, KENT ST. 1
Michael Roth pitched a two-hitter and South Carolina eliminated Kent State.
The game had been postponed by rain Wednesday.
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.