Michael Roth allowed just two hits in seven plus innings of work leading USC to a 2-1 win over Georgia Southern in their opening game of NCAA Regional play Friday night. Roth managed to out duel Eagles starter Andy Moye to earn his 12th win of the season. For his part, Moye allowed just two runs on four hits in his eight innings of work.
Believe it or not, Roth probably didn’t have his best stuff. The term “effectively wild” was used a few times to describe his performance. He struck out four, walked two and hit a batter. He spent most of the game behind in the count but, just as he’s done all year, managed to make the right pitch when he needed to.
John Taylor picked up the first out in the eighth, setting the table for Matt Price to get the final five outs and the save.
The Gamecocks scored their first run in the fourth inning on a Brady Thomas sacrifice fly and picked up the winning run in the sixth off an RBI single from Adrian Morales.
USC advances to a winners bracket game against Stetson tomorrow night at 7:00. Ray Tanner plans to start Colby Holmes on the mound.
Georgia Southern will play NC State at 1:00 tomorrow in an elimination game.