Michael Roth pitched a three-hitter in his first start in 14 months and South Carolina scored in five of the first six innings to beat Clemson 5-1 Friday night and force a second Bracket 2 final at the College World Series.
South Carolina (51-16) and Clemson (45-24) meet again at 6 p.m. Saturday with the winner advancing to the best-of-three championship round that starts Monday against either UCLA or TCU. The Bruins and Horned Frogs play at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Roth (2-1) has been a short reliever his entire career, logging more than three innings in only two of his previous 48 career appearances. He struck out four, walked one and hit two batters.
Kyle Enders hit his third homer and had an RBI single and Jackie Bradley drove in two runs for the Gamecocks, who have staved off elimination in three straight games.
Dominic Leone (3-2) took the loss for Clemson.