Hogs Advance in College World Series
Arkansas started right-hander Ryne Stanek, who threw for six innings, allowing only one run on three hits and walking three.
Arkansas got on the scoreboard in the first inning. Tim Carver singled, was bunted to second base, and batted in on a double by Dominic Ficociello.
“It’s always big when we score runs early,” Stanek said. “We know we’re working with a cushion and we can relax, and throw our game and keep attacking the zone. I was able to throw my fastball for a strike, and mix early, and continue to mix and throw everything for a strike throughout the game.”
South Carolina’s starting pitcher, Colby Holmes was taken out of the game after Arkansas’s second run was scored in the fourth inning on an RBI single by Matt Vinson. He was replaced by Tyler Webb, who threw for the rest of the game, allowing only a single hit.
“I just went out there with the mindset to throw strikes and throw as well as I could for as long as I could and try to hold them to the lead they already had and give our team a chance to win,” Webb said.
South Carolina’s only run came from Chase Verguson’s lead-off walk in the bottom of the fifth. He was bunted to second and scored on a triple by Evan Marzilli.
Despite Webb’s pitching, the Gamecocks weren’t able to get a run from either Stanek or Barrett Astin, who replaced him in the seventh. Astin also gave up only a single hit and got the save for Arkansas.
South Carolina will face Kent State, who beat Florida 5-4 to advance, Wednesday at 7 p.m. The winner of that game will play Arkansas on Thursday at 8 p.m.
Until that time, Coach Dave Van Horn said that the Razorbacks are “going to go visit the children’s hospital, and kind of get back a little bit and practice a couple of times and get ready to play on Thursday.”
“It’s not much different [playing on Thursday]. You just get another day off,” he said. “Got to keep these guys busy and go lift up some kids.”