The Arkansas Razorbacks scored twice in the first four innings and held on for a 2-1 win over the South Carolina Gamecocks in a winner's bracket game at the College World Series on Monday night. The loss drops Carolina (46-18) into a Wednesday night elimination game against Kent State (47-19) at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. The Golden Flashes eliminated Florida by a 5-4 score earlier in the day. The winner of that contest would have to defeat Arkansas twice to advance to the championship round. The loss snaps Carolina's NCAA-record 22-game postseason winning streak and also ends the Gamecocks' 12-game winning streak at the College World Series.
Arkansas got on the scoreboard first in the top of the first inning. Tim Carver led off with a single to right, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, went to third on a groundout and scored on Dominic Ficociello's RBI double in the left-centerfield gap.
The Razorbacks made is 2-0 in the top of the fourth inning. Brian Anderson walked, stole second and scored on a two-out single by Matt Vinson.
Carolina cut the lead in half in the bottom of the fifth inning. Chase Veragson led off with a walk, was sacrificed to second by Dante Rosenberg and scored on Evan Marzilli's two-out triple to deep centerfield. Marzilli had two hits in the contest and has four in two games at the College World Series including three extra-base hits.
The Gamecocks were limited to just four hits on the night and were just 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position, stranding seven runners on base. Arkansas wasn't much better, collecting just six hits and going 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position while leaving seven runners on base. Both teams committed one error.
Gamecock starter Colby Holmes (7-2) was tagged with the loss. He lasted 3.2 innings on a very warm night, allowing four hits and two runs, both earned with two walks and two strikeouts. He allowed the leadoff batter to reach base safely in all four innings that he worked, with two scoring.
Southpaw Tyler Webb was outstanding in his longest relief outing of the season. He worked 5.1 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
Arkansas starter Ryne Stanek (8-4) worked the first six innings for the win. He allowed three hits and one run with three walks and three strikeouts while throwing 91 pitches, 58 for strikes.
Barrett Astin pitched the final three frames, allowing one hit for the save.
"It was a heck of a college baseball game," said South Carolina head coach Ray Tanner. "(Ryne) Stanek and (Barrett) Astin were very good tonight. I thought our hitters battled hard up there. But their stuff was very special. At least from where my vantage point, I thought they were very good. Of course, Tyler Webb came in for us and just battled his rear end off and gave us a chance to maybe get something going but we just weren't able to get any runs against their pitching staff. But a great game, and like I said, Stanek and Astin were very special."
South Carolina Game Notes
*-South Carolina had won 22 consecutive NCAA Tournament games and 12 straight MCWS games, prior to Monday's loss. Both are all-time NCAA records.
*-South Carolina has gone 27-2 over the past three seasons in the NCAA Tournament, the best three-year NCAA Tournament record of any team in history (must appear in tournament at least two of the three years to qualify).
*-South Carolina is 8-3 all-time in its second game of the MCWS. The Gamecocks had won their second game in Omaha in five straight trips, last losing in 1985 to Oklahoma State.
*-South Carolina has a 1.77 ERA in the NCAA Tournament this season (66.0 IP, 13 ER).
*-South Carolina's bullpen has a combined 1.21 ERA in the 2012 NCAA Tournament (three runs allowed in 22.1 innings).
*-Starter Colby Holmes had a streak of 13.2 consecutive scoreless innings snapped with Arkansas' first-inning run. He had given up just two combined hits over his previous two starts with 12 strikeouts and two walks.
*-After his first-inning walk, Christian Walker has now drawn six bases on balls without a strikeout in four games against Arkansas this season.
*-His RBI triple in the fifth gave Evan Marzilli 21 multi-hit games this season. The triple was his seventh career extra-base hit in the MCWS (also six doubles). It was his first career triple in the NCAA Tournament.
*-Reliever Tyler Webb tossed the longest relief outing of his career for the Gamecocks, hurling 5.1 shutout innings of relief with four strikeouts. It was his longest outing overall since a 7.1-inning start against Southern Illinois on Feb. 26, 2011. Over his last four outings, Webb has fanned 14 in 11.0 innings of work, allowing just four hits.
*-Webb became the fifth pitcher since 2000 to toss at least 5.1 scoreless innings of relief in a MCWS game. The others were: Matt Price of South Carolina (5.2 against Virginia on June 24, 2011), Taylor Jungmann of Texas (5.2 against Arizona State on June 16, 2009), Tommy Boss of Florida (5.2 against Arizona State on June 23, 2005) and Matt Campbell of South Carolina (5.1 against Clemson on June 19, 2002).