All SEC squads prevail
Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011 9:16 pm
By: By The Associated Press
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Southeastern Conference is in good standing at the College World Series.
It’s three entires — South Carolina, Florida and Vanderbilt — all won their opener at the event.
Defending national champion South Carolina needed a dramatic sigle to defeat Texas A&M 5-4 on Sunday evening.
Meanwhile, Florida doubled Texas 8-4 and Vandy bested North Carolina 7-3 — see related story — in a pair of Saturday games.
The lone contest not involving an SEC team saw Virginia best California 4-1 on Sunday.
The following is a roundup of those games.
S. Carolina 5, Tex. A&M 4
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. 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.
Virginia 4, California 1
John Hicks’ 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.
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.
Florida 8, Texas 4
Brian Johnson and Bryson Smith drove in two runs apiece, Hudson Randall turned in another strong start and Florida defeated Texas.
Johnson’s two-out double in the seventh broke open a close game.
Smith’s second RBI single the next inning gave reliever Nick Maronde a four-run cushion going into the ninth.
Randall (11-3) scattered five hits over 62⁄3 innings.
walked none and struck out five after a terrific eight-inning outing in the super regionals against Mississippi State. Only one of the four runs against him was earned. He retired 13 straight from the third to seventh innings.
Taylor Jungmann (13-3) had a third straight rough outing for the Longhorns. He went 41⁄3 innings for his shortest start of the season.