Omaha, Neb. • Freshman Jordan Montgomery and Matt Price combined on a three-hitter Thursday night, lifting two-time defending national champion South Carolina to a 2-0 victory over Arkansas at the College World Series.
Michael Roth of the Gamecocks threw a two-hitter against Kent State earlier in the day. South Carolina and Arkansas will play again Friday night to decide which team goes to the best-of-three finals.
The Gamecocks' runs came in the second inning on Tanner English's double and Chase Vergason's single.
Montgomery (6-1) struck out six and walked one in his first outing since June 3. South Carolina is the third team in the 63-year history of the CWS to win two full games in the same day. The last to do it was Holy Cross in 1952, when it beat Western Michigan and Penn State en route to the title.
Arizona 10, Florida St. 3 • Arizona converted three errors into a six-run first inning and advanced to the College World Series finals by defeating Florida State.
Freshman starter Brandon Leibrandt was pulled after he recorded just one out for the Seminoles, who used eight pitchers to tie a CWS record for a nine-inning game.
Robert Refsnyder and Bobby Brown homered in a span of three at-bats in the fourth as the Wildcats built their lead to 10-1.
Kurt Heyer (13-2) worked 71â3 innings while taking the national lead for wins.
South Carolina 4, Kent State 1 • Michael Roth pitched a two-hitter and two-time defending national champion South Carolina eliminated Kent State from the CWS.
The game had been postponed by rain Wednesday.
Grayson Greiner and Chase Vergason hit consecutive RBI singles in the second inning to erase Kent State's 1-0 lead. LB Dantzler homered in the third against Tyler Skulina (11-3).
Kent State (47-20) finished 1-2 in its first CWS appearance.
Roth (9-1) struck out eight and walked none.
Arkansas vs. South Carolina, 6 p.m.
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