NOTES: South Carolina beats Clemson

OMAHA, Neb. - Clemson lost to rival South Carolina 5-1 on Saturday night.

General Notes
*-Prior to this season, the last time that both brackets needed an ‘if necessary' game was in 1988, the first year of the current two-bracket format.

*-Tonight's game took 2:22, the quickest MCWS game since North Carolina defeated Clemson, 2-0, in 2:15 on 6/18/06.

*-This is the 291st meeting between Clemson and South Carolina, with Clemson holding a 167-122-1 lead after South Carolina's win tonight. South Carolina and Clemson have split their four games in 2010.

*-It is the first time that Clemson and South Carolina have faced off in the MCWS since 2002. In that year, South Carolina defeated Clemson twice to advance to the title game against Texas.

*-Clemson has posted a 12-23 record in 12 MCWS appearances, and can finish no worse than third, which would equal its best-ever MCWS finish.

*-The Tigers own a 108-76 (.587) all-time mark in 35 NCAA Tournament appearances.

*-Tonight's loss snapped Clemson's four-game win streak, as the Tigers had won 20 of last 26 games before tonight.

*-The Tigers have now scored in 136 straight games, dating back to 5/24/2008. The streak ranks fourth in Clemson history.

*-Clemson's three hits were a season low, as the Tigers' previous low was four hits on two occasions, most recently against Wake Forest on 5/16. Clemson was hitting .340 in nine NCAA Tournament games prior to tonight.

*-Twenty of Clemson's 22 MCWS hits in three games have been singles.

*-Brad Miller's ninth-inning single extended his hitting streak to 20 games.

*-Three innings of relief was Thomas Cruz's longest outing since 5/11, when he went a season-high 4.2 innings against Maryland.

*-Clemson is now 2-8 when being held to two runs or less.

South Carolina
*-With tonight's win, South Carolina is now 20-17 all-time in nine trips to the MCWS, including a 14-8 record in elimination games.

*--South Carolina is 3-0 in elimination games this season. The Gamecocks did not play an elimination game in either the regional or super regional rounds.

*-South Carolina is now 100-56 in NCAA Tournament play, including two or more wins each of the past 11 seasons. South Carolina improves to 8-1 in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.

*-Michael Roth tossed a complete-game three-hitter, the first complete game in the 2010 MCWS. The last time a complete game was thrown at the MCWS was by Texas' Taylor Jungmann, who accomplished the feat against LSU on 6/23/09.

*-Prior to tonight, Roth's longest career outing was a 4.1-inning start against the College of Charleston on 4/14/09 (his last career start). Entering tonight, his longest outing of the season was 3.1 innings against Bucknell in South Carolina's NCAA opener on 6/4/10. Only 14 of his 35 previous appearances in 2010 were more than one inning.

*-Before tonight, Roth had thrown 370 pitches in 35 2010 appearances, with one game of 25+ (38 vs. Bucknell). Tonight, he threw 109 pitches. It is the fifth complete game by a South Carolina pitcher this season.

*-Prior to Brad Miller's ninth-inning hit, lefties were 0-for-21 against Roth in the MCWS. *-Roth has a 0.79 ERA in three MCWS appearances, allowing just three hits for a .075 batting average (3 hits in 40 at-bats).

*-South Carolina scored in the first four innings vs. Clemson. The last team to accomplish the feat in the MCWS was North Carolina against Southern Miss on 6/16/09.

*-South Carolina is now 20-1 when holding an opponent to two runs or less.

*-Jackie Bradley Jr., extended his hit streak to 20 games tonight and is now 7-for-16 (.438) with nine RBIs in the CWS, as his nine RBIs are the most by any player in the 2010 MCWS.

*-Brady Thomas went 2-for-4 on Friday and is 6-for-17 (.353) in four MCWS games.

- Today's Attendance: 22,194 (2010 MCWS total – 259,851; 21,654 avg.) Top Stories