USC head coach Ray Tanner and pitching coach Mark Calvi have pulled all the right strings throughout this College World Series. If they can make the right move one more time the Gamecocks will secure their first ever national championship in any MAJOR sport (No disrespect intended to the USC women’s track team or the Gamecock equestrian team. Both have won titles and I don’t want to offend any women or horses).
Tanner still hasn’t named his starter for tonight’s game against UCLA. He mentioned after Monday night’s win that he was leaning toward starting a lefty against the Bruins. Logic would dictate he could hand the ball Michael Roth tonight. Well, I say logic; I guess it wouldn’t have seemed that logical to start Roth in a potential national title clinching game this time last week. That was before Roth threw a complete game three hitter against Clemson last Friday in his first start of the season.
Tyler Webb and Nolan Belcher are two other southpaws that Tanner mentioned as potential starters last night.
We do know that UCLA plans to send left hander Rob Rasmussen to the mound tonight. The junior is 11-3 with a 2.87 ERA this season. He has struck out 123 batters in just over 103 innings of work.
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