Friday, May 6, 2016

State schedule, Friday, May 6

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Francis Marion at Flagler, DH, 1 p.m.
Charleston Southern at Winthrop, 6 p.m.
College of Charleston at UNC Wilmington, 6 p.m.
Florida Gulf Coast at USC Upstate, 6 p.m.
Presbyterian at Campbell, 6 p.m.
The Citadel at Mercer, 6 p.m.
UNC Greensboro at Wofford, 6 p.m.
Western Carolina at Furman, 6 p.m.
N.C. State at Clemson, 6:30 p.m.
South Carolina at Kentucky, 6:30 p.m.
Coastal Carolina at Liberty, 7 p.m.

The Sun Conference Tournament
City of Palms Park, Fort Myers, Fla.
USC Beaufort vs. Warner, 11 a.m.
St. Thomas vs. Southeastern, 3 p.m.
Webber International vs. Keiser, 7 p.m.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

News digest, May 5

Gamecocks clinch SEC Tournament spot
Missouri's 8-2 loss at Mississippi State officially clinched a spot in the Southeastern Conference Tournament for South Carolina. The top 12 teams advance to the event in Hoover, Ala., later this month, and neither Missouri nor Tennessee can finish above or equal to USC in the standings.

Previews
* Charleston Southern has sent out preview notes for its Big South Conference series at The Citadel.
Buccaneers

* Clemson has issued preview information for its important ACC home series with N.C. State. All three games are scheduled to be streamed on ESPN3.
Tigers

* College of Charleston has listed its preview notes for the Colonial Athletic Association series at first-place UNC Wilmington.
Cougars

* Furman has shared notes on its weekend home series with Southern Conference rival Western Carolina.
Paladins

* Presbyterian gives preview information for its Big South Conference series at Campbell.
Blue Hose

* South Carolina has offered preview notes for its weekend series at SEC East rival Kentucky.
Gamecocks

* USC Upstate returns to Harley Park for an Atlantic Sun Conference series with Florida Gulf Coast. Here are the preview notes.
Spartans

* Winthrop has posted details of its Big South Conference home series with Charleston Southern.
Eagles

* Wofford has sent out preview information for its home series with Southern Conference leader UNC Greensboro.
Terriers

Honors
COSIDA Academic all-district
District 1
College Division:
Nick Payne, USC Beaufort.

District 3
NCAA Division II:
Will Sutton, Coker; Jeff Sneed, Newberry; JoJo Bradley, Newberry.

District 4
NCAA Division I:
Derek Hirsch, Wofford; Alec Paradowski, Wofford; Weston Jackson, Presbyterian.

District 5
NCAA Division II: Yaniel Delgado, Benedict.
Smart guys

The Sun Conference
Coach of the year:
Bryan Lewallyn, USC Beaufort
All-conference
First team:
Thomas Estopare, OF; Matt Kianka, OF; John Gora, P; Jamie Strock, P; Blake Drew, RP.
Second team: Dylan Yankle, C; Brandon Joyce, 3B; Julio De Pena, P; Justin Kortessis, RP
All-academic: Charlie McGinnis, Nick Payne.
Sun

Southern Conference
Pitcher of the month, April: Elliott Lance, Wofford
SoCon

SEC standings through Thursday, May 5

SEC standings
Conference games only
East DivisionWLPct.GB
South Carolina15  5.750 --
Florida14  6.700 1.0
Vanderbilt13  9.591 3.0
Kentucky1110.524 4.5
Georgia 714 .333 8.5
Missouri 715.318 9.0
Tennessee 615.286 9.5
West DivisionWLPct. GB
Texas A&M15  7.682--
Mississippi State13  9.5912.0
Mississippi 12  9.5712.5
LSU11 10.5243.5
Alabama10 11.4764.5
Arkansas  7 14.3337.5
Auburn  7 14.3337.5

Thursday's scores
Mississippi State 8, Missouri  2
Texas A&M 1, Vanderbilt 0

Friday's games
South Carolina at Kentucky, 6:30 p.m., SEC+
Florida at Tennessee, 6 p.m., SEC+
Mississippi at Georgia, 7 p.m., SEC+
Vanderbilt at Texas A&M, 7 p.m., SEC
Arkansas at LSU, 8 p.m., SEC+
Auburn at Alabama, 8 p.m., SEC+
Missouri at Mississippi State, 8 p.m., ESPNU

Saturday's games
South Carolina at Kentucky, 6:30 p.m., SEC+
Mississippi at Georgia, 2 p.m., SEC+
Vanderbilt at Texas A&M, 3:30 p.m., ESPNU
Florida at Tennessee, 4 p.m., SEC+
Missouri at Mississippi State, 5 p.m., SEC+
Auburn at Alabama, 7 p.m., SEC
Arkansas at LSU, 7:30 p.m., ESPNU

Sunday's games
South Carolina at Kentucky, 3 p.m., ESPNU
Mississippi at Georgia, 1 p.m., SEC+
Arkansas at LSU, 2 p.m., SEC+
Florida at Tennessee, 2 p.m., SEC+
Auburn at Alabama, 4 p.m., SEC

Southern Conference standings through Thursday, May 5

Southern Conference standings
Conference games only

WLPct.GB
UNC Greensboro
11  4  .733  --
Mercer13  6  .684  --
Western Carolina12  6  .667  0.5
Wofford 8  7  .533  3.0
Samford 8  7  .533  3.0
Furman 8  7  .533  3.0
ETSU 6  9  .400  5.0
The Citadel 5 11  .312  6.5
VMI 2  16  .11111.0

Thursday's game
Mercer 8, The Citadel 7

Friday's games
The Citadel at Mercer, 6 p.m.
UNC Greensboro at Wofford, 6 p.m. 
Western Carolina at Furman, 6 p.m.
East Tennessee State at Samford, 7 p.m.

Saturday's games
Western Carolina at Furman, 1 p.m.
UNC Greensboro at Wofford, 3 p.m.
East Tennessee State at Samford, 3 p.m.

Sunday's games
The Citadel at Mercer, 1 p.m.
UNC Greensboro at Wofford, 1 p.m. 
Western Carolina at Furman, 1 p.m.
East Tennessee State at Samford, 2 p.m.

Planning your weekend, May 6-8

As the season winds down for NCAA Division I teams, the conference series take on added importance in relation to conference tournament seeds or participation and NCAA tournament hopes.

* Clemson had a much-needed conference series win over Florida State last weekend, but needs to win two or three at home against N.C. State beginning Friday to bolster its chances of making the ACC Tournament and nailing down an NCAA Tournament berth. N.C State is in the Top 10 in most national rankings.

* South Carolina has a three-game series at Kentucky, where the Gamecocks have struggled in recent times. Kentucky has fallen out of most national polls over the past three weeks, so it will be trying to add some cachet to its NCAA Tournament resume by beating USC.

* Furman and Wofford are in a three-way tie for fourth place in the Southern Conference standings and can trim their current three-game deficit in the standings. The Terriers play host to first-place UNC Greensnboro, while Furman is at home against Western Carolina, which shared second place with Mercer entering Mercer's Thursday game against The Citadel. By the way, The Citadel's Friday game with Mercer has been moved from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

* College of Charleston is five games behind first-place UNC Wilmington in the Colonial Athletic Association standings, but the Cougars can pare that margin with a head-to-head series at the Seahawks this weekend.

* Coastal Carolina has a four-game lead in the Peach Belt Conference standings, but faces a dangerous series this weekend at Liberty. The Flames are having a sub-par season, but normally are one of the league's top teams.

Seventh-place Presbyterian is at third-place Campbell and last-place Charleston Southern is at fourth-place Winthrop.

* USC Upstate tries to climb out of last place in the Atlantic Sun Conference with a home series against Florida Gulf Coast.

* USC Aiken tries to bolster its resume for an at-large bid (if it doesn't win the Peach Belt Tournament) to the NCAA Division II playoffs with a Saturday home game against Catawba.

* Francis Marion enters its final Peach Belt Conference series of the season needing two wins at Flagler to clinch a spot in the league tournament.

 * USC Beaufort takes the No. 1 seed into Friday's opening round of The Sun Conference Tournament in Fort Myers, Fla. The Sand Sharks face Warner in the first round of the six-team double-elimination event.

* The NJCAA Region 10 Tournament begins Saturday in Kinston, N.C. Regular-season champion Spartanburg Methodist is assured of participating in the Eastern District Tournament. Florence-Darlington Tech, USC Sumter, USC Lancaster or USC Salkehatchie could qualify for the postseason by winning the region tournament or finishing as runner-up to SMC.

Friday. May 6
Francis Marion at Flager, DH, 1 p.m.
Charleston Southern at Winthrop, 6 p.m.
College of Charleston at UNC Wilmington, 6 p.m.
Florida Gulf Coast at USC Upstate,. 6 p.m.
Presbyterian at Campbell, 6 p.m.
The Citadel at Mercer, 6 p.m.
UNC Greensboro at Wofford, 6 p.m.
Western Carolina at Furman, 6 p.m.
Florida Gulf Coast at USC Upstate,. 6 p.m.
N.C. State at Clemson, 6:30 p.m.
South Carolina at Kentucky, 6:30 p.m.
Coastal Carolina at Liberty, 7 p.m.

The Sun Conference Tournament
City of Palms Park, Fort Myers, Fla.
USC Beaufort vs. Warner, 11 a.m.
St. Thomas vs. Southeastern, 3 p.m.
Webber International vs. Keiser, 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 7
Francis Marion at Flagler, 1 p.m.
Western Carolina at Furman, 1 p.m.
College of Charleston at UNC Wilmington, 2 p.m.
Florida Gulf Coast at USC Upstate, 2 p.m.
Charleston Southern at Winthrop, 3 p.m.
Presbyterian at Campbell, 3 p.m.
UNC Greensboro at Wofford, 3 p.m.
Catawba at USC Aiken, 4 p.m.
N.C. State at Clemson, 4 p.m.
South Carolina at Kentucky, 6:30 p.m.
Coastal Carolina at Liberty, 7 p.m.

NJCAA Region 10 Tournament
Grainger Stadium, Kinston, N.C.
Pitt CC vs. Guilford Tech, 10 a.m.
USC Sumter vs. Louisburg, 1 p.m.
Florence-Darlington Tech vs. USC Lancaster, 4 p.m.
Spartanburg Methodist vs. USC Salkehatchie, 7 p.m.

The Sun Conference Tournament
City of Palms Park, Fort Myers, Fla.

Canceled
Erskine at Georgia College

Sunday, May 8
Florida Gulf Coast at USC Upstate, noon
N.C. State at Clemson, 1 p.m.
The Citadel at Mercer, 1 p.m.
UNC Greensboro at Wofford, 1 p.m.
Western Carolina at Furman, 1 p.m.
Charleston Southern at Winthrop, 2 p.m.
Coastal Carolina at Liberty, 2 p.m.
College of Charleston at UNC Wilmington, 2 p.m.
Presbyterian at Campbell, 2 p.m.
South Carolina at Kentucky, 3 p.m., SEC Network

NJCAA Region 10 Tournament
Grainger Stadium, Kinston, N.C.

The Sun Conference Tournament
City of Palms Park, Fort Myers, Fla.

State scoreboard, Thursday, May 5

Mercer 8, The Citadel 7 - Cit: Clay Martin 2 2B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

News digest, May 4

Beer selected to national team
Clemson freshman outfielder Seth Beer has been selected for the 2016 Collegiate Nastional Team by USA Baseball. The team plays exhibition games against teams from the USA and other countries.
College

Previews
* The Citadel has sent out preview notes on its Thursday Southern Conference series opener at Mercer. The teams play again Friday, take Saturday off and conclude the series on Sunday.
Bulldogs

Honors
Peach Belt all-academic team

Francis Marion: Chance DuCharme, Shuler Ward.
Lander: Reed Gray.
USC Aiken: Douglas Ard, Jimmy Lynch,  Max Schoen
Peach Belt academics

State scoreboard, Wednesday, May 4

Clemson 7, Furman 6, 11 innings - Cle: Chase Pinder 2-5, BB, 2 R, 2 RBI
Lander 6, Erskine 3 - Lan: Colby Lusignan 2-4, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI
South Carolina 4, USC Upstate 1 - SC: Marcus Mooney 2-2, BB, RBI
UNC Asheville 10, Wofford 8 - Wof: Brett Hash 3-5, BB, 2B, R, 2 RBI
Winthrop 2, East Tennessee State 1 - Win: Mark Lowrie 2-4, R

Canceled
North Greenville at Francis Marion