Michael Roth pitched a complete-game two-hitter, and two-time defending national champion South Carolina stayed alive in the College World Series with a 4-1 victory over Kent State on Thursday in Omaha, Neb.
Roth, a senior left-hander, retired the final 22 batters he faced. He allowed one run with no walks and eight strikeouts while throwing 106 pitches.
Roth tied the NCAA record for career starts at the College World Series with seven, and also tied the career CWS wins total with four. The Gamecocks' ace improved to 9-1 on the season.
Kent State scored in the first inning. George Roberts led off with a single and scored on Sawyer Polen's single to left field. Those were the only baserunners of the game for the Golden Flashes.
South Carolina (47-18) rallied with two runs in the bottom of the first, and scored two more in the third when Christian Walker doubled and scored on LB Dantler's home run into the right-field bullpen.
Kent State (47-20) finished 1-2 in its first ever CWS appearance. Starter Tyler Skulina (11-3) allowed four runs on six hits with four walks and nine strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings.