Published Friday, June 15, 2012 AT 10:04 PM / Updated at 10:04 PM
On tap: South Carolina vs. Florida, game four
Steven Pivovar Omaha World-Herald

A capsule look at the fourth game of the College World Series, set for an 8 p.m. start on Saturday.

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Pitcher: LH Michael Roth (7-1, 2.50 ERA)
Top hitters: 1B Christian Walker (.315, 11 HRs, 54 RBIs), LF Tanner English (.304, 0 HR, 22 RBIs), CF Evan Marzilli (.288, 2 HRs, 30 RBIs)
How they got here: The two-time defending national champions ran their winning streak in the NCAA tournament to 21 by sweeping through regional and super-regional play.
Trends: Much has been made of the Gamecocks’ ability to win close games during the winning streak. They have won nine one-run games in the tournament the past three years.
South Carolina will win if: Roth continues to weave his CWS magic. In seven appearances in Omaha the past two years, the left-hander has pitched 38 1⁄3 innings and limited opponents to 22 hits and five earned runs (1.17 ERA).

FLORIDA (47-18)
Pitcher: LH Brian Johnson (8-4, 3.56 ERA)
Top hitters: CF Daniel Pigott (.323, 8 HRs, 41 RBIs), C Mike Zunino (.322, 19 HRs, 64 RBIs), RF Preston Tucker (.319, 16 HRs, 48 RBIs)
How they got here: The Gators’ first four wins in the tournament came by four runs or more, and they clinched their third straight trip to Omaha with a 9-8 victory over North Carolina State.
Trends: Florida pitchers have allowed three runs or fewer in 17 of the past 21 games. Overall, the Gators’ 2.90 ERA is their lowest since the 1983 staff posted a 2.85 ERA.
Florida will win if: The meat of the Gators’ order keeps chomping away. Mike Zunino, Brian Johnson and Daniel Pigott — the Nos. 3-4-5 hitters in the order — have scored 15 runs and driven in 19 in Florida’s five tournament wins.

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