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COLUMBIA, S.C. – Lefthander Michael Roth pitched 8.1 solid innings, and second baseman Scott Wingo drove in two runs as South Carolina defeated Connecticut 5-1 in game one of the NCAA Columbia Super Regional on Saturday night at Carolina Stadium.
The Gamecocks (49-14) are now one win away from a return trip to Omaha, and they have now won 10 consecutive postseason games dating back to their run to the College World Series title last season. Connecticut (45-19-1) fell in their first appearance in an NCAA Super Regional, but has experience in this situation as the Huskies fought their way out of the losers’ bracket in last week’s Clemson Regional.
Roth (13-3) was his usual dominant self, allowing just one run – unearned – on six hits while striking out two and walking three in 8.1 innings of work. He has now gone 30.0 consecutive innings, spanning the entirety of his last four starts, without surrendering an earned run. It was Roth’s seventh time this season to pitch eight or more innings. With his performance tonight, his season ERA dropped to an amazing 1.02. First-round draft pick Matt Barnes (11-5) took the loss for UConn, surrendering all five runs on eight hits while walking a pair and striking out six.