Gamecocks force game two

OMAHA, Neb. – In just over two hours, Clemson lost 5-1 to rival South Carolina Friday night—the Tigers' first loss since arriving to Rosenblatt Stadium last week.

BOX SCORE: South Carolina 5 Clemson 1

Gamecock starter Michael Roth threw a three-hit complete game to force an elimination game on Saturday night. Both teams will meet again Saturday at 7 p.m. (EST) for the right to move on to the College World Series Finals.

With the loss, Clemson drops to 45-24 and South Carolina improvs to 51-16.

At one point Friday night, Roth retired 12-straight Tiger batters.

"It was definitely his night," said Mike Freeman, who went 0-for-4. "You've got to give him a lot of credit because he went out there and battled for his team and did what they wanted him to do."

Against lefty-heavy batting order, which had six in the starting lineup, Roth allowed just three hits. Just one of Clemson's left-handed batters, Brad Miller, reached base. That wasn't until there were two outs in the ninth inning.

"We just couldn't get anything going. We got a couple of hits and then, we couldn't put them back together," Freeman said.

Of the seven Tiger batters who reached base, five were stranded.

After doubling to lead-off the third, Richie Shaffer scored Clemson's first and only run on a pass ball with Spencer Kieboom at the plate. Shaffer's double was the team's second extra-base in Omaha. The double also marked the only time a Tiger base runner reached scoring position on Friday.

Kyle Parker led-off the second with a walk, but was forced out on an inning-ending double-play. He and Shaffer were both hit by pitches. Kieboom picked up Clemson's second hit with a single in the eighth.

Clemson coach Jack Leggett credited Roth's performance, too.

"The kid pitched a good ballgame against us. He kept the ball down and got a ton of ground balls," Leggett said.

Clemson starter Dominic Leone lasted 2-2/3 innings and allowed three runs over four with a walk.

Evan Marzilli, who opened the game with an opposite field double to left, was driven in by Jackie Bradley Jr. a groundout to short. Brady Thomas then led off with a double in the second before scoring on an Adrian Morales single to right. Bradley's two-out RBI double in the third moved the Gamecocks' lead to 3-0 and ended Leone's night.

With two outs in the fourth, Kyle Enders knocked a solo homerun into the leftfield seats off David Haselden. Enders singled in another run in the fifth when Hinson threw Schaus' relay throw up the line at home.

In relief of Leone, Hanselden pitched 3-1/3 innings and allowed four hits and two runs.

Tomas Cruz, who pitched three shutout innings for Clemson with three strikeouts and two walks, didn't allow any hits.

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