Published Wednesday, June 20, 2012 AT 12:40 AM / Updated at 1:30 AM
On Tap: South Carolina vs. Kent State, Game 10
Steven Pivovar Omaha World-Herald

A capsule look at the tenth game of the College World Series, set for a 7 p.m. start on Wednesday.

SOUTH CAROLINA (46-18)
>> Pitcher: LH Michael Roth (8-1, 2.60 ERA)
>> Top hitters: 1B Christian Walker (.316, 11 HRs, 54 RBIs), LF Tanner English (.306, 0 HRs, 22 RBIs), CF Evan Marzilli (.295, 2 HRs, 31 RBIs)
>> How the Gamecocks got here: South Carolina came up with the clutch hits in beating Florida in the first round, then had difficulty getting things going in a 2-1 loss to Arkansas in the second round.
>> Trends: One of the reasons South Carolina won 22 straight tournament games was that the Gamecocks kept coming up with clutch hits. That hasn’t been the case in their first two games in Omaha this season as they were 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position early in the Florida game and went 1 for 10 in similar situations against Arkansas. South Carolina stranded three runners at third and two more at second against the Razorbacks.
>> South Carolina will win if: The Gamecocks can get a solid start out of Montgomery, who will be pitching for the first time in 17 days. He threw well in the third game of the regional, holding Clemson to five hits and a couple of runs in 6-2⁄3 innings.

KENT STATE (47-19)
>> Pitcher: RH Tyler Skulina (11-2, 3.63 ERA)
>> Top hitters: 1B George Roberts (.364, 8 HRs, 66 RBIs), SS Jimmy Rider (.363, 6 HRs, 58 RBIs), DH Nick Hamilton (.343, 1 HR, 35 RBIs).
>> How the Golden Flashes got here: Kent State rebounded from an 8-1 loss to Arkansas in the first round with a 5-4 win that eliminated top-seeded and No. 1-ranked Florida.
>> Trends: A team can go far when its best hitters are producing in the pressure of the tournament, and that’s what Rider and Roberts are doing for the Golden Flashes. Rider is 15 for 40 (.375) in eight tournament games, while Roberts is 13 of 38 (.342). Five of Rider’s hits have gone for extra bases, while Roberts has five doubles and a homer. They each have driven home nine runs, accounting for more than half of the 35 runs the Golden Flashes have scored in the tournament.
>> Kent State will win if: Skulina comes up big for the Golden Flashes. He’s been Kent State’s best starter in the tournament, allowing just seven hits and two runs in 12-2⁄3 innings of his two starts. He shut out Oregon for 5-2⁄3 innings in the decisive third game of the super regional, helping set the stage for the ninth-inning win that put Kent State in the CWS field.

About Steven Pivovar

Steven Pivovar is a staff writer for The Omaha World-Herald and primarily covers Creighton athletics and the College World Series. You can follow Steven on Twitter (@PivOWH) or email him at spivovar@owh.com.