College World Series Capsules June 16, 2012

By The Associated Press

2-time defending champ South Carolina beats Gators 7-3 at CWS
ERIC OLSON,AP Sports Writer

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Michael Roth turned in another strong College World Series start, Erik Payne’s bases-loaded triple scored the go-ahead runs and South Carolina began the last leg of its pursuit of a third straight national title with a 7-3 win over Florida on Saturday night.

South Carolina (46-17) extended its record NCAA-tournament win streak to 22 games by beating its SEC rival and 2011 national runner-up for only the second time in five tries this season.

Roth (8-1), making his eighth appearance in three years in Omaha, left with one out in the seventh after Florida’s first two batters reached in a two-run game. Tyler Webb got the Gamecocks out of trouble, and Matt Price pitched the last two innings for his 12th save.

Payne’s triple off Brian Johnson (8-5) highlighted a fifth inning in which the Gamecocks turned a 2-0 deficit into a 5-2 lead over the Gators (47-19).

Arkansas beats CWS newcomer Kent State 8-1 on 4-hitter
ERIC OLSON,AP Sports Writer

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Arkansas’ DJ Baxendale bounced back from one of his worst starts of the year to turn in his best.

The junior right-hander held Kent State hitless into the fifth inning and combined with Brandon Moore on a four-hitter Saturday in the Razorbacks’ 8-1 victory that spoiled the Golden Flashes’ first appearance in the College World Series.

Baxendale’s performance was a lot different than his previous outing, when he was hit for five runs in four innings in an 8-1 loss to Baylor in the super regionals.

Baxendale and Moore got some unexpected help from the bottom of the lineup. No. 9 batter Jake Wise homered for the first time since February and also hit a two-run single. No. 8 batter Matt Vinson hit a two-run double that gave Arkansas (45-20) a 5-1 lead in the sixth.

Kent State (46-19), the first team from the Mid-American Conference to make it to the CWS since Eastern Michigan in 1976, couldn’t get much going against Baxendale.

Schedule

Sunday, June 17

Game 5 — Stony Brook (52-14) vs. Florida State (48-16), 4 p.m.

Game 6 — UCLA (48-14) vs. Arizona (44-17), 8 p.m.

Monday, June 18

Game 7 — Kent State (46-19) vs. Florida (47-19), 4 p.m.

Game 8 — Arkansas (45-20) vs. South Carolina (46-17), 8 p.m.