South Carolina dropped Game 2 of the CWS Finals to Arizona last night, making the Wildcats the 2012 champs. UA was just incredibly solid in all aspects of the game, and they certainly deserved the victory, but that doesn’t make the outcome any easier to swallow. It seemed that after two years of having all the right things happen at the right times for us, Arizona got to have that luck on their side last night.
In his final start as a Gamecock (cue the sobbing), Michael Roth did everything he could to keep his team in it. He allowed just one run on three hits, walked one batter, and struck out three. What else is there to say, really, besides Roth was simply just Roth.
Even after he left the game (to a thunderous and well-deserved standing ovation), he was in the dugout laughing, smiling, and cheering his teammates on. Michael Roth is hands down one of, if not the best to ever wear the garnet and black, and we all owe him so, so much for what he did for Carolina baseball. (I really am crying again, you guys).
Arizona first got on the board in the top of the third. Joesph Maggi led off with a double and advanced to third on a sac ground out by Riley Moore. Trent Gilbert was up next and he also grounded out, but Maggi was able to make it home.
As they have for the past three years, the Yardcocks rallied to tie the game. In the bottom of the seventh, Christian Walker had an excellent at-bat that went into double digit pitches and eventually ended in a lead off walk. Adam Matthews knocked a one-out single, which put runners on the corners. Kyle Martin hit the ball to first, but brought Walker across the plate to make the score 1-1.
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