June 19, 2011

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#4 South Carolina 5, #6 Texas A&M 4
June 19, 2011 • TD Ameritrade Park • Omaha, Neb.


  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Texas A&M (47-21)
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 1
South Carolina (51-14)
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 10 1

Pitching IP H R/ER BB SO
WP: Matt Price (6-3)
0.2 0 0/0 0 1
LP: Kyle Martin (2-3) 0.0 1 1/1 0 0

A&M Batting AB H R RBI 3B
Brandon Wood
3 1 0 3 1
Jacob House
4 1 1 1

OMAHA, Neb. - Defending National Champion South Carolina got a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning from second baseman Scott Wingo to defeat Texas A&M 5-4 in the College World Series opener for both teams before 23,395 fans Sunday evening at TD Ameritrade Park.

Robert Beary led off the decisive frame with a double off the base of the wall in right field. Following a pitching change, Jackie Bradley Jr. singled to left to put runners at first and third with no outs. After a walk loaded the bases, Wingo lined a 1-2 pitch into right field to end the game.

The loss puts the Aggies (47-21) into an elimination game against California (37-22), who fell to Virginia earlier in the afternoon. A&M and Cal will square off on Tuesday with first pitch set for 1 p.m. (ESPN HD).

Until the winning tally, all eight runs were scored in the first inning--four by each team--with six of the eight being unearned.

The game got off to an auspicious start for the Aggies as an error on the second pitch of the game allowed leadoff man Tyler Naquin to reach base. The sophomore was able to round the bases for the contest's first run as he narrowly beat the throw home on an RBI single by Jacob House up the middle.

Three more unearned runs came home to make the score 4-0 Texas A&M later in the frame as the seventh man to come to bat in the inning, Brandon Wood, tripled with the bases loaded.

Wood, a sophomore from Sugar Land, Texas, has been at his best in clutch spots this season as 17 of his 28 RBI this season have come with two outs.

The unusual start to the game continued as the Gamecocks rallied back in the bottom of the first when they were aided by an A&M error and plated four runs of their own to tie the game at 4-4.

Following the high-scoring first inning, both starters settled into a groove as Stripling and South Carolina's Roth began trading zeros on the scoreboard.

Roth, the Gamecock's ace, recovered from the rocky first inning which saw USC allow four unearned runs, giving up just two more hits during his 7.1 inning outing. The lefty allowed only four knocks on the evening while striking out eight and walking five.

Stripling, meanwhile, also shook of his first inning struggles to give the Aggies a solid effort on the mound. The Southlake, Texas, put together eight solid innings on the bump to five A&M his seventh start of eight or more innings pitched in his last 10 tries.

The Aggie right-hander also notched six punch outs while only allowing one walk during his 114-pitch outing.

Texas A&M reliever Kyle Martin (2-3) took the loss as he started the pivotal ninth inning by allowing the leadoff double.






  • With the loss, Texas A&M will face California on Tuesday at 1:08 p.m. (ESPN HD) ... the Aggies are 3-0 in elimination games this postseason (def. Missouri, Big 12 Tournament; def. Arizona, College Station Regional; def. Florida State, Tallahassee Super Regional) ... A&M will be the home team in Tuesday's game.
  • Sunday's crowd of 23,395 was the second largest to ever watch an Aggie baseball game ... the record is 23,984 when A&M played Rice at the Houston College Classic (Feb. 10, 2007 at Minute Maid Park).
  • With the 4-run first on Sunday, A&M has scored 10 times in the first inning of its last two ballgames ... the Aggies put a 6-spot up on Florida State in the Tallahassee Super Regional championship game on June 13 ... for the season, A&M has outscored its foes 50-31 in the first inning.
  • The Aggie pitching staff set the school record for innings pitched on Sunday ... A&M hurlers have tossed 617.2 innings this season, besting the previous record of 612.2 by the last Aggie College World Series team (1999).
  • South Carolina was the seventh top-5 foe for A&M this year (3-4 record) and the 11th top-10 opponent (5-6 record).
  • Six of the game's nine runs were unearned (2 of A&M's 4 and 1 of South Carolina's 5).


  • Junior P Ross Stripling went 8 innings for the Aggies, striking out 6 ... only two A&M pitchers have fanned more in a College World Series game, Pat Hubert (June 13, 1951 vs Springfield College) and Jeff Granger (June 4, 1993 vs Kansas) ... both punched out 7 hitters.
  • Only two Aggie pitchers have thrown more innings in a College World Series game than Stripling (8) ... both Hubert (June 13 vs Springfield) and Robert Tankersley (June 14 vs Utah) tossed complete games in the 1951 series, the second ever in Omaha ... the last A&M hurler to go 8 innings in a CWS contest was Jeff Granger (vs Kansas, June 4, 1993).
  • Stripling has thrown 8 or more innings in 7 of his last 10 starts ... he is 6-0 in those games with a no-decision (tonight).
  • Sophomore LF Brandon Wood's 2-out, 3-run triple in the first inning was his fifth three-bagger of the season ... 17 of Wood's 28 RBIs this year have come with 2 outs.
  • Wood's 3 RBIs were a career high.
  • Junior 1B Jacob House's RBI single in the first extended his hit streak to 12 games, a career high.
  • Junior DH Matt Juengel drew a career-high 3 walks on Sunday ... he had drawn a total of four walks in Texas A&M's seven previous NCAA Tournament games in 2011.
  • Senior C Kevin Gonzalez played in his 235th game for Texas A&M on Sunday night, the second most all time ... Gonzalez trails only former MLB player Scott Livingstone (1985-88) on the school's single-season charts (241 games).
  • Senior P Nick Fleece extended his school record with his 35th appearance of the season.
  • Freshman CF Krey Bratsen, junior 1B Jacob House and junior SS Kenny Jackson each played in their 68th game of the year, two shy of the school record.


  • Longtime Texas A&M coach Mark Johnson was in attendance at Sunday's game ... Johnson is the winningest coach in school history with 876 victories in his 21 seasons as the skipper of the Aggies (1985-2005).
  • New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain sat on the front row adjacent to the A&M dugout, sporting an Aggie baseball cap ... Chamberlain played collegiately for A&M coach Rob Childress in 2005.
  • Sunday's game marked the first ever between the two schools in baseball ... it is also the first meeting between the universities in any of the four major sports (football, men's and women's basketball, baseball).
  • First pitch was at 6:11 p.m. ... temperature was 88 degrees with winds out of the east at 6 miles per hour (blowing in from left center).