Wingo plays hero, South Carolina tops Texas A&M in CWS
Omaha, NE (Sports Network) - Scott Wingo capped a 4-for-4 performance at the plate Sunday with an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth, lifting defending national champion South Carolina past Texas A&M, 5-4, in the College World Series.
With the bases loaded and nobody out, Wingo crushed Nick Fleece's offering off the base of the wall in right field to plate the winning run.
Wingo's big hit was a huge relief for South Carolina, which started last year's title run with a loss to Oklahoma in the opening game. The Gamecocks reeled off four straight victories, including two against arch-rival Clemson, to reach the championship series against UCLA. The Gamecocks beat the Bruins in consecutive games to win the championship.
Adrian Morales and Peter Mooney had an RBI apiece for the Gamecocks, who will next face Virginia on Tuesday. The Cavaliers took down California, 4-1, earlier in the day.
South Carolina starter Michael Roth gave up four unearned runs on four hits over 7 1/3 innings. Matt Price recorded the final two outs in the ninth to pick up the win.
Brandon Wood knocked in three runs for the Aggies, who will face Cal on Tuesday. Jacob House had an RBI and run scored.
Ross Stripling went eight innings, allowing four runs -- two earned -- on seven hits. Kyle Martin gave up a leadoff double to Robert Beary in the ninth to take the loss.
It seemed like the game was bound for extra innings as the Gamecocks came to the plate in the home ninth with the score tied at four. But Beary doubled to right field to chase Martin from the game. Fleece came in and gave up a single to Jackie Bradley Jr. before walking Evan Marzilli to load the bases.
In the afternoon game, Keith Werman went 2-for-4 with an RBI and John Hicks went 1-for-4 with an RBI for the Cavaliers.
Tyler Wilson earned the win for Virginia after giving up one run on three hits over 2 1/3 innings of relief.
Starter Danny Hultzen went 6 1/3 innings, giving up just three hits and striking out six without surrendering a run. Branden Kline took the save for Virginia.
Mitch Delfino went 2-for-4 and Chad Bunting knocked in the only run for the Bears.
Logan Scott took the loss for Cal after giving up two runs on three hits over three innings.
Starter Erik Johnson pitched three shutout innings, giving up just two hits while walking five batters.
With men on second and third in the seventh, Hicks knocked in the first run of the game with a single. Steven Proscia followed with a sacrifice fly to plate the eventual game-winning run.
The Cavaliers added two more in the eighth. With a runner on, Jared King tripled to the right-field corner, then scored after Werman roped a single down the left-field line.
Bunting knocked in Cal's only run in the ninth, but Kline came in and shut the Bears down to secure the win.
06/19 22:34:23 ET