Baseball: Gamecocks, Cavaliers win
Published 12:00 am Monday, June 20, 2011
College baseball roundup …
OMAHA, Neb. ó Scott Wingo drilled a bases-loaded single off the right-field wall in the bottom of the ninth inning to give defending national champion South Carolina a 5-4 victory over Texas A&M at the College World Series on Sunday night.
South Carolina (51-14) advanced to a Bracket 2 winnersí game against Virginia on Tuesday night. The Aggies (47-21) play California in an elimination game that afternoon.
Wingoís winning hit against Nick Fleece capped his career-best four-hit night, and he reached base five times.
Robert Beary doubled off the right-field fence to start the inning against Kyle Martin (2-3). Beary went to third when 2010 CWS Most Outstanding Player Jackie Bradley Jr., playing in his first game in two months, sliced a liner into left off Fleece. Evan Marzilli walked to load the bases.
Michael Roth, John Taylor and Matt Price (6-3) combined to hold the Aggies hitless in the last five innings.
Virginia 4, California 1
OMAHA, Neb.ó John Hicksí RBI single in the seventh inning broke a scoreless tie and Virginia went on to defeat California. Virginia ace Danny Hultzen and Tyler Wilson were within an out of combining for the first CWS shutout in five years before Chad Bunting hit a run-scoring single over shortstop with two outs in the ninth inning.
Hicksí one-out base hit into center ended the longest scoreless CWS game in 24 years, and Steve Proscia followed with a sacrifice fly.
Hultzen, the No. 2 overall draft pick by the Seattle Mariners, allowed three hits over 61/3 innings. He walked three and struck out six. Wilson (9-0) got the win and Branden Kline recorded the last out for his 18th save.
Logan Scott (1-2) took the loss in relief of Erik Johnson, who struggled for a third straight start.