COLUMBIA -- Scott Wingo continues to prove that getting on base isn't all about getting hits. Sometimes, it's about getting hit.
South Carolina's second baseman was plunked by Citadel starter Asher Wojciechowski in the fifth inning of Saturday night's regional matchup, eventually getting him into scoring position.
It was Wingo's 15th hit by pitch of the year. With each one, the junior is only padding the school record, which he set early this season. He's now been hit 43 times in his career.
Coming into the night, Wingo, mired in a slump, was down to .269. But his on-base percentage was still at .425, thanks in large part to those times he was hit.
Virginia Tech lived to play another day here, taking care of Bucknell, 16-7, in Saturday's first game.
First baseman Ronnie Shaban, shortstop Tim Smalling and left fielder Buddy Sosnoskie (definitely on the regional's all-name team) all had three-hit games. Sosnoskie, who blasted two homers and has 12 on the season, drove in six of the Hokies' 16 runs.
"Our goal today was magic No. 1," Hokies coach Pete Hughes said. "We're not worried about winning the regional, but we were worried about winning the game. That will be our philosophy (Sunday)."
Rain, rain ...
Regionals and weather delays are often synonymous, and the play here in Columbia this weekend has been no different.(Charleston had delays in Myrtle Beach, and Clemson did at Auburn.)
The Gamecocks and Bucknell had a one-hour, nine-minute delay Friday evening. That was a prelude to two delays in Saturday's Virginia Tech-Bucknell game that lasted a combined two hours, 21 minutes.
"It was tough for everyone involved," Hughes said.
So, that means Bucknell endured three hours and 30 minutes of delays in their two games -- both losses.
Wojciechowski's second- inning strikeout of Bobby Haney gave the Citadel ace 300 for his career. It was also his 147th of the season, giving him the national lead at that moment.