OMAHA, NE (WWBT) - The biggest game of Will Roberts' life turned into the worst start in a UVA uniform. Roberts surrendered six runs, three of them earned, in three plus innings, as the Wahoos suffered their first loss of the College World Series, 7-1 to South Carolina Tuesday night.
Colby Holmes, John Taylor and Matt Price combined on a five-hitter as the defending national champions tied the record for consecutive NCAA tournament wins.
Adrian Morales and Brady Thomas had three hits apiece for the Gamecocks, who won their 13th straight national tournament game to match the record held by Southern California (1972-74) and LSU (1997-98).
The Gamecocks (52-14) are off until Friday and would have to be beaten twice by Virginia or California to not return to the best-of-three finals next week.
No. 1 national seed Virginia (55-11) plays California in a Thursday elimination game.
South Carolina scored three unearned runs in the first inning against Roberts, who suffered just his second loss of the season. The Maggie Walker Governor's School product lasted just three and one-third innings, the shortest start of his career. The one run was provided by a solo home run from Goochland native John Hicks.