South Carolina Raises Up

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- 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 winners' game
against Virginia on Tuesday night. The Aggies (47-21) play
California in an elimination game that afternoon.

Wingo's winning hit against Nick Fleece capped his career-best
four-hit night, and he reached base five times.

The Gamecocks won the 2010 national championship on a walkoff
hit in the 11th inning against UCLA in the final CWS game played at
Rosenblatt Stadium, and now they have the first walkoff victory at
TD Ameritrade Park.

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.

Roth and A&M's Ross Stripling engaged in a pitcher's duel after
a wacky first inning in which each team scored four runs.

Roth performed splendidly when, as a short reliever, he was
called on to start two games at last year's CWS. Now one of the
nation's premier starters, he allowed four hits in 7 1-3 innings,
and the four first-inning runs against him were unearned. His
season ERA dropped to 0.97.

Stripling, trying to become the first 15-game winner at A&M
since Jeff Granger in 1993, allowed seven hits over eight innings.
He walked one and struck out six, and two of the four runs against
him were earned.

Injured New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain cheered him on
from the stands. The former Nebraska Cornhusker was wearing a Texas A&M cap, undoubtedly a nod to Aggies head coach Rob Childress, who was Chamberlain's pitching coach in college.

Stripling turned over the game to Martin to start the ninth, and
then South Carolina's offense awakened after having been limited to
three hits the previous five innings.

Bradley, playing in his first game after going out April 23 with
an injury to his left wrist, followed Beary's double with a base
hit to help set the stage for Wingo.

Wingo, who has 13 hits in his past five games, had a base hit,
bunt single and double earlier in the game and also had been hit by
a pitch.

The Gamecocks had lost their previous four CWS openers.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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