Omaha, NE – Michael Roth tossed a complete game, LB Dantzler hit a two-run homer and South Carolina advanced in the College World Series with a 4-1 win over Kent State on Thursday.
Roth gave up just two hits and retired the final 22 batters faced. He struck out eight and did not issue a walk.
Grayson Greiner and Chase Vergason both hit a second-inning RBI single for the two-time defending champion Gamecocks, who advanced to play Arkansas later Thursday.
Tyler Skulina was charged with all four runs over 5 2/3 innings in the loss. He gave up six hits, walked four and struck out nine.
Sawyer Polen gave the Golden Flashes a 1-0 lead with a run-scoring single in the top of the second, but it wasn't enough to stave off elimination.
Polen's line drive to center plated George Roberts, but Roth induced Nick Hamilton into an inning-ending double play and did not allow another batter to reach base for the remainder of the game.
South Carolina went on top for good in the home half when Greiner singled down the third base line, scoring Adam Matthews, and Vergason followed with an RBI poke through the right side.
Dantzler sealed the final margin an inning later when he belted a two-out blast to right on the heels of Christian Walker's double.