The South Carolina Gamecocks lead the Florida Gators, 5-3, after five full innings of play in Game 4 of the 2012 College World Series. The Gamecocks were down, 2-0, in the top of the fifth inning when they knocked around Florida starter Brian Johnson for five runs. The Gators got one run back in the bottom half of the frame, but they'll need to do more to end South Carolina's 21-game postseason winning streak.
Florida scored the first two runs of the game on a Preston Tucker two-run double. But South Carolina had the big bats out in the fifth inning. Florida starter Brian Johnson loaded the bases on a double, a single and a walk before designated hitter Erik Payne ripped a bases-clearing triple for a 3-2 lead. L.B. Dantzler followed with a deep double to center field to score Payne. Johnson left the mound and stayed in as the designated hitter, but he saw Greg Larson allow the inherited runner to score on a Chase Vergason single.
Florida added its run in the bottom of the fifth on a Mike Zunino sacrifice fly. Other than those three runs allowed, South Carolina starter Michael Roth has kept his team in this game through five innings.
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