June 11, 2011
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Junior pitcher Mike Roth went eight and one-third innings and gave up six hits, only four of them after the first inning, to lift South Carolina to a 5-1 victory over the University of Connecticut in the first game of the NCAA Super Regional before a sellout crowd of 8,242 at Carolina Stadium. Roth improves to 13-3 on the season.
Carolina takes a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series and the two teams will meet Sunday night in the second game at 7:00 p.m. on ESPNU. If needed, a third game will be played on Monday. The Huskies fall to 45-19-1 on the season while South Carolina is 49-14. UConn is making its first-ever NCAA Super Regional appearance while the Gamecocks are the defending national champions.
BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year Matt Barnes (Bethel, Conn.) was sharp at the beginning as he struck out the side in the first, but then labored as the game went on. He pitched four and a third innings giving up eight hits while recording six strikeouts. Barnes, a first round pick of the Boston Red Sox, falls to 11-5 on the season.
The Gamecocks took control of the game with a three-run fifth that gave them a 5-1 lead. Steve Neff led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on an error. A Wingo single scored Neff, and Wingo later scored by going to third on a wild pitch and a single by Christian Walker. Walker scored the final run of the inning on a single by Brady Thomas.
South Carolina scored a single run in both the third and fourth innings to take a 2-1 advantage. In the third, Evan Marzilli had a two-out double and scored on a single by Scott Wingo to tie the game. Jake Williams scored in the third as he walked and later got home on a wild pitch.
The Huskies took a brief 1-0 lead in the top of the first as junior George Springer (New Britain, Conn.) had a two-out single and advanced to second on an outfield error. Senior Mike Nemeth (Washington, N.J.) followed with a single to plate Springer.
UConn sophomore reliever Dan Feehan (Nashua, N.H.) was admirable in relief as he pitched two and two-thirds innings, allowing just one hit and striking out two. Senior Elliot Glynn (Long Beach, Calif.) also came on in relief for the Huskies, allowing one hit and striking out one in one inning of work.
UConn's hits came from six different Huskies, with LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.), John Andreoli (Shrewberry, Mass.), Doug Elliot (Rocky Hill, Conn.), Billy Ferriter (Nashua, N.H.), Springer and Nemeth each posting one.