Monday, April 21, 2014

State schedule, April 21

Limestone at Lenoir-Rhyne, 3 p.m.
Coker at St. Augustine's, 4 p.m.
Faulkner at Southern Wesleyan, DH, 4 p.m.
USC Upstate at UNC Asheville, 5 p.m.
Erskine at Anderson, 6 p.m.
Emmanuel at North Greenville, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

ACC standings through April 20

ACC

ATLANTIC DIVISION
School Conference Pct. Overall Pct.
Florida State 16-5 .762 30-9 .769
Clemson 12-8 .600 24-15 .615
Wake Forest 12-9 .571 25-17 .595
Maryland  9-11 .450 24-14 .632
N.C. State  7-14 .333 21-17 .553
Boston College  5-16 .238 14-25 .359
Notre Dame  4-16 .200 16-22 .421
COASTAL DIVISION
School Conference Pct. Overall Pct.
Virginia 16-5 .762 33-7 .825
Miami 15-5 .750 27-13 .675
Duke 12-9 .571 24-17 .585
Georgia Tech 11-10 .524 25-16.610
North Carolina 10-11 .476 23-17 .575
Pittsburgh   9-12 .429 17-22 .436
Virginia Tech   7-14 .333 18-20-1 .474

Next weekend's ACC series (Friday-Sunday unless noted)

Miami at Clemson
Duke at Wake Forest
Georgia Tech at N.C. State
Maryland at Boston College
Northeastern at Notre Dame
Virginia at Florida State
Virginia Tech at North Carolina
Pittsburgh at Arkansas Pine Bluff (Sunday-Monday)

Peach Belt Conference standings through April 20

Peach Belt Conference
School Conference Pct. Overall Pct.
Lander 21-6 .778 39-6 .867
Columbus State 21-6 .778 34-12 .739
Georgia College 14-8 .636 27-12 .692
USC Aiken 17-10 .630 31-13 .705
UNC Pembroke16-11 .593 31-15 .674
Armstrong Atlantic 15-12 .556 24-15 .615
Young Harris 12-13 .480 24-21 .533
Montevallo 12-14 .462 26-18 .591
Francis Marion 10-16 .385 25-20 .556
Flagler 10-19 .345 19-25 .432
GRU Augusta    9-18 .333 17-29 .370
North Georgia   7-17 .292 19-23 .452
Georgia Southwestern   6-20 .231 11-29 .275
 
This weekend's Peach Belt series
Armstrong Atlantic at Lander
Georgia Southwestern at USC Aiken
Columbus State at North Georgia
Georgia College at Montevallo
GRU Augusta at UNC Pembroke
Palm Beach Atlantic at Flagler
Flagler at Georgia Southwestern

NJCAA region 10 standings through April 20

NJCAA Region 10
Region schedule complete

Through Sunday, April  20
School Region Pct. Overall Pct.
Spartanburg Methodist 19-5 .792 35-9 .795
Florence-Darlington Tech 18-7 .720 33-16 .673
Pitt CC 13-9 .591 27-11 .711
USC Lancaster 14-10 .583 30-17.638
USC Sumter   9-9 .500 31-11 .738
Louisburg   8-16.33324-20 .545
USC Salkehatchie   8-16 .333 23-25 .479
Guilford Technical CC   2-19 .095  5-28 .152
 

Wrapping up the weekend, April 20

First, a little scheduling news for Monday:

* Southern Wesleyan and Faulkner had a pair of Southern States Athletic Conference games rained out in Central over the weekend. They'll make the games up with a 4 p.m. doubleheader on Monday.

* Southern Wesleyan already had a game scheduled for Monday, at Anderson as part of the Trojans' Senior Night. Fortunately, Erskine was willing to step in as Anderson's replacement, so there will be baseball at Anderson Memorial Stadium, too.

Now, a look back.
 It wasn't a weekend to write home about for many of the state's teams. Eleven of the 31 S.C. college (two-year or four-year) programs failed to win a game last week.

* Lander took a weekend off from Peach Belt Conference play, but the Bearcats still had a memorable time. They won three game in a tournament at North Alabama to improve their record to 39-6. That set a school record for victories in a season.

* Coming off a midweek win at South Carolina, Charleston Southern won a pair of games in a rain-shortened Big South Conference series against Gardner-Webb to climb a couple of spots in the South Division standings. The Buccaneers are on a four-game winning streak and have won five of six since a six-game losing streak earlier this month.

* Coastal Carolina (20-21) has struggled much of the season because of rebuilding and injuries. The Chanticleers rebounded from a midweek loss at Clemson to win a three-game series against Presbyterian. That moved Coastal past Winthrop and into first place in the Big South Conference's South Division standings. Coach Gary Gilmore got the 1,000th victory of his career in the opener. Junior Austin Kerr pitched a dandy shutout on Saturday. Next up are 11 straight road games - three at Gardner-Webb, one at Elon, three at N.C. State, three at Big South North leader Liberty and one at College of Charleston.  If they come back to Myrtle Beach on May 15 close to .500, the Chanticleers should feel pretty good about themselves.

* Winthrop, meanwhile, has hit a bump in the road. The three-game sweep by High Point knocked the Eagles from the Big South South Division lead. They've lost four straight, six of seven and eight of 10.

* South Carolina won the final two games of its SEC weekend series at Auburn to snap a five-game losing streak, including midweek losses to Charleston Southern and The Citadel. The roots of the Gamecocks' problems appeared to be injuries and a hitting slump, but they also had some mental lapses on defense and on the base paths to contribute to the woes. USC got three of its injured starters back in the lineup by the end of Sunday's series finale and got some early momentum with a two-run first inning.  Still, the Gamecocks struggled to get hits in key situations. One constant for most of the season has been pitching. It was spot-on most of the Auburn series.

* Clemson won two of three at Pittsburgh. Other than some control issues for Jake Long in Game 3, the Tigers got dandy starting pitching. Physically,  both Long and Daniel Gossett appear to be over the issues that sidelined them for the N.C. State series. Because of Sunday's margin, coach Jack Leggett got a chance to get pitcher Jackson Campana in for the first time this season in a no-pressure situation. The Tigers return home next weekend to face one of the nation's hottest teams in Miami. The Hurricanes took a 14-game winning streak into Sunday night's game against Notre Dame and had a chance to take over.

* Erskine is red-hot entering next weekend's Conference Carolinas Tournament in Burlington. The three-game sweep of Limestone extended the Flying Fleet's winning streak to 11 games, eight of which have been against conference teams. The Fleet wrapped up second place in the conference with their closing kick.

* Anderson entered the Erskine series uncertain of its postseason status. While the Trojans lost all three games, they still made the tournament because Carson-Newman couldn't win enough games to catch them.

* College of Charleston didn't need a big adjustment period for its move to the Colonial Athletic Association. After  going 1-2 in its debut series against Northeastern, the Cougars have had three straight series sweeps, the most recent against James Madison over the weekend. The Cougars take a break from league play next weekend with a home series against Bethune-Cookman.

* The Citadel got a big midweek non-conference win over South Carolina, but the Bulldogs couldn't turn that into any Southern Conference momentum. They lost both games in a rain-shortened two-game series Western Carolina and stayed in last place in the SoCon, 1 1/2 games behind Wofford. The Bulldogs are 3 1/2 games behind UNC Greensboro in the race for the last spot in the Southern Conference Tournament next month. The Bulldogs certainly don't want to fail to qualify for a tournament being played in their home park.

* The wet weather has been a particular problem for NJCAA Region 10 teams all season, so it was sort of fitting that the final day of the season was pretty much a washout. Six of eight Saturday games were canceled, meaning Spartanburg Methodist held on to its lead over Florence-Darlington Tech for the regular-season title. For the season, almost 19 percent of all region games - that doesn't count non-region cancellations - were rained out.

* Wofford dropped a pair of SoCon games and Furman, and the Paladins tried desperately to get a three-game sweep, changing the scheduled starting twice and waiting 2 1/2 hours before finally cancelling. The Terriers have lost five of their last six games. Furman has won its last four SoCon games.

* USC Beaufort needed a good showing at Warner to have a chance to qualify for The Sun Conference Tournament. Instead, the Sand Sharks were swept.

PalmettoStateBaseball.com team rankings, April 20

THROUGH SUNDAY'S GAMES
NCAA Division I
Rank School Week W-L
Season +/-
  1.  South Carolina  2-3  30-10  --
  2.  Clemson  3-1  24-15  --
  3.  College of Charleston 3-1  27-12  --
  4.  Coastal Carolina  3-1  20-21  +1
  5.  Charleston Southern 3-0  21-20 +3
  6.  The Citadel  1-2  15-25  +1
  7.  Winthrop 0-4  18-25   -1
  8.  Furman  2-0  15-23  +1
  9.  Wofford 0-2  20-19  -5
 10.  USC Upstate  0-2  14-27  --
 11.  Presbyterian  0-3  12-26-1  --

NCAA Division II
Rank School Week W-L
Season +/-
  1.  Lander  4-0  39-6  --
  2.  Erskine  4-0  31-11  +1
  3.  USC Aiken  1-3  31-13  -1
  4.  Newberry 5-0 29-21  --
  5.  Francis Marion 3-1  25-20  --
  6.  Claflin 1-1  24-17  --
  7.  Coker  1-1  21-21  --
  8.  Limestone 1-3  21-26  +1
  9.  Benedict  2-0  19-21  +1
 10.  Anderson  0-4  18-30  -2
 11.  North Greenville 0-4   7-33  --
NAIA
Rank School Week W-L
Season +/-
 1.  USC Beaufort  0-3  19-24  --
 2.  Southern Wesleyan  1-4  13-34  --
 3.  Voorhees  0-2   3-30  --
 4.  Morris  0-4   2-15  --
NJCAA
Rank School Week W-L
Season +/-
 1.  Spartanburg Methodist  2-0  35-9   --
 2  Florence-Darlington Tech  2-0  33-16  --
 3.  USC Sumter  0-2  31-11  --
 4.  USC Lancaster  0-2  30-17  --
 5.  USC Salkehatchie    1-3  23-25  --

PalmettoStateBaseball.com team of the week, April 20: Newberry

Newberry (5-0 last week)
(Went 1-0 against Pfeiffer; went 1-0 against USC Aiken, went 3-0 against Anderson)

When Newberry lost the final two games of a South Atlantic Conference series at Carson-Newman April 5-6 the Wolves fell a game under .500 and appeared in danger of not making the SAC Tournament.

Fast-forward two weeks and coach Russell Triplett's squad is on a nine-game winning streak and the fourth-seed for the six-team SAC Tournament.

The Wolves (29-21) beat Pfeiffer and nationally ranked USC Aiken in mid-week games and punched their ticket to Forest City with a win at Anderson on Friday. They follows that with a doubleheader sweep on Saturday to complete a 5-0 week.

Also considered
* Benedict (2-0)
* Charleston Southern (3-0)
* Clemson (3-1)
* Coastal Carolina (3-1)
* College of Charleston (3-1)
* Erskine (5-0)
* Florence-Darlington Tech (4-2)
* Francis Marion (3-1)
* Furman (2-0)
* Lander (4-0, won school single-season record 39th game)
* Spartanburg Methodist (2-0, clinched Region 10 regular-season title)

Previous winners
April 13: USC Sumter
April 6: Spartanburg Methodist
March 30: Clemson
March 23: Claflin
March 16: Lander
March 9: USC Lancaster
March 2: South Carolina
Feb. 23: College of Charleston