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June 21, 2011
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Colby Holmes, John Taylor and Matt Price combined on a five-hitter to carry South Carolina past Virginia 7-1 at the College World Series on Tuesday night.
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 Will Roberts (11-2), and five of its 13 hits went for extra bases.
Taylor (11-2) got the win with one-hit relief over a season-high 4 1-3 innings. Price came on to record the final out.
Holmes held the Cavaliers hitless into the fourth inning, when John Hicks crushed a 1-0 pitch into the left-center seats for his eighth homer of the year.
Holmes matched his career high with seven strikeouts, but left in the fifth after Virginia loaded the bases on a single, walk and a misplayed ball that dropped for a hit.
Taylor relieved and induced an inning-ending double play, and the Cavaliers didn't advance anyone past first base the rest of the game.
Roberts, who threw a perfect game against George Washington in March, had given up just one earned run in 16 1-3 innings in his previous two starts in the national tournament.
Things unraveled for him quickly. Jackie Bradley Jr. and Thomas doubled in runs in the first after third baseman Steve Proscia's two-out throwing error.