Gamecocks win 5-4 on Wingo's 9th-inning hit

South Carolina defeats Texas A&M in opening game of the College World Series. USC will play Virginia on Tuesday.

OMAHA, Neb. (WACH, 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.

"I just saw they brought an outfielder in and I was really trying to get the ball in the air," said Wingo. "When I got two strikes on me, I just tried to battle and I think he threw me an inside fastball I just got it up."

"Going into the first inning tonight, I have to admit that I had been paying attention to the other games and the other pitchers; it appeared that all four games to being the College World Series, every pitcher seemed to scuffle a little bit in the first inning," said South Carolina head coach Ray Tanner. "Roth had to get in the battle ode and they had the four-spot and we came back and battled our way back into it with a four-spot. Roth did what he TMs accustomed to doing for us. He gave us a chance to win."

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.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)