Once again, the Gamecocks rocked the Clemson Tigers in Omaha, this time by a score of 5-1.
Carolina avoided elimination, and the two teams would meet again in a one-game showdown the next day, with the winner advancing to the best-of-three championship series.
It was an unlikely hero for Carolina who forever etched his name in Gamecock lore. Sophomore lefty Michael Roth picked a tough spot to make his first spot, but his performance was legendary. Roth tossed a complete-game three–hitter, on the biggest stage against the biggest opponent. What was even more amazing was the fact that Roth’s longest outing of the season had been only 3 1/3 innings.
The Gamecocks manufactured single runs in the first, second, and third innings. Then, Roth’s battery mate Kyle Enders launched a two-out homer in the fourth, making the score 4-1 in favor of Carolina. That’s all that Roth needed to pitch the Gamecocks one game closer to a championship.
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Just like in 2002, the Palmetto State would be on display in a big way in Omaha with huge stakes as Carolina and Clemson would clash one more time.