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Razorbacks fall to South Carolina

06/22/2012
Athletic Communications
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OMAHA, Neb. – The University of Arkansas baseball team was shut out, 2-0, by the South Carolina Gamecocks in the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, on Thursday night. 

The Razorbacks drop to 46-21 with the loss, while South Carolina improves to 48-18. The Arkansas loss forces an elimination game against South Carolina on Friday which is scheduled for 8 p.m. central and will be televised on ESPN. The winner of Friday’s game advances to a best-of-three national championship series against Arizona, which defeated Florida State on Thursday.

The Arkansas bullpen was outstanding against the Gamecocks on Thursday as Brandon Moore, Trent Daniel and Nolan Sanburn combined to throw 7.2 scoreless innings. With their performance on Thursday, Razorback relievers have now thrown 23.2 consecutive scoreless frames.

Randall Fant (2-3) took the loss for Arkansas. Fant gave up two runs on four hits in 1.1 innings.

South Carolina starter Jordan Montgomery (6-1) picked up the win after tossing eight shutout innings and allowing just three hits, while striking out six. Matt Price pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 13th save of the season.

Derrick Bleeker, Joe Serrano and Matt Vinson each had a hit to account for Arkansas’ three hits in the game.

Chase Vergason was 2-for-4 with a RBI, while Christian Walker also had two hits. Tanner English went 1-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored.

South Carolina struck first, scoring two runs in the top of the second. Erik Payne led off the inning with a double down the left field line and English followed with a double of his own, scoring Payne from second base. A ground out to third on a great diving play by Matt Reynolds advanced English to third and he scored on a RBI single to center field by Vergason.

Arkansas tried to put together a two-out rally in the bottom of the fifth, but came up empty. With two out, Bo Bigham was hit by a pitch and Bleeker followed with a single to left. Bigham attempted to advance to third on Bleeker’s single down the line, but English was able to throw him out to end the inning.

The Gamecocks had a chance to extend the lead in the top of the sixth. With one out, LB Dantzler reached on a fielding error by Dominic Ficociello and then took second on a passed ball. A single to center field by Adam Matthews put runners on first and third with one out. Payne then hit a chopper in front of the plate, which was fielded by Moore, who threw home to retire Dantzler for the second out of the inning. Arkansas got out of the inning after English lined out to short.

The Razorbacks were unable to get much going the rest of the game. In the ninth, pinch hitter Jacob Mahan drew a one-out walk, but a strikeout of Tim Carver and a pop out to short by pinch hitter Jimmy Bosco ended the game to preserve South Carolina’s 2-0 win.

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