Virginia pulls away from Cal

OMAHA, Neb. — Virginia ace Danny Hultzen and Tyler Wilson did their part from the start.

It took the Cavaliers' offense a lot longer to get going. Finally they scratched out enough for a 4-1 College World Series victory over California on Sunday.

John Hicks' single in the seventh inning broke a scoreless tie in what until then had been the longest 0-0 game at the CWS since 1987.

"We had confidence the whole time," Hicks said. "Their pitchers did an unbelievable job of keeping them in the game until we strung a few hits together. We had to get a ball in the air or in the middle of the field and then we'd score a run, but we didn't come up with the clutch hit. We knew we'd get on the board."

Steve Proscia followed Hicks' hit with a sacrifice fly, and the Cavaliers added two more runs in the eighth.

The No. 1 seed Cavaliers (55-10) move to a Bracket 2 winners' game on Tuesday night. They'll play the winner of Sunday night's Texas A&M-South Carolina game.

Cal (37-22) meets the loser Tuesday.

Before Hicks' run-scoring single, the Cavaliers had gone 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

"We started to wonder there," Virginia coach Brian O'Connor said. "We had a lot of missed opportunities we didn't capitalize on. That speaks to the quality of the arms California has, the ability to pitch out of jams. I knew if we hung in there and continued to battle, and our pitching held us in there, we'd have a chance to win it late."

Hultzen and 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.

Hultzen, the No. 2 overall draft pick by the Seattle Mariners, allowed three hits over 6 1-3 innings. He walked three and struck out six. He effectively mixed his 94-mph fastball with his slider and changeup.

"Danny Hultzen, as advertised, the second pick of the draft. He's tough. A little bend but no break, and I have to give him a lot of credit for making the big out when he had to," Cal coach David Esquer said.

Wilson (9-0) got the win after working 2 1-3 innings and Branden Kline recorded the last out for his 18th save.

South Carolina 5, Texas A&M 4

At Omaha, Neb., 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 victory over Texas A&M at the College World Series.

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.

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.

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