Saturday, February 25, 2017

Saturday's highlights, Feb. 25

It was a windy day in the Upstate and from the looks of the scores the ball was traveling quite well all over South Carolina on Saturday. In games played in state, 25 teams scored at least 10 runs. Also, Voorhees cracked double figures twice at Rust College and Lander took advantage of extra innings to put up 11 runs at Montevallo. Conversely, there were six shutouts across the state.

But in the hometown of the iconic Beacon Drive-In, there were runs a'plenty.

Harley Park in Spartanburg was at the epicenter of the scoring. James Madison blasted UNC Asheville, 25-9, in a neutral-site game played as part of the annual tournament hosted by USC Upstate and Wofford.

Yet, those 34 runs weren't good enough to be high-scoring game of the day on that field ... which brings us to the final game to finish and the state's:

Game of of the day: USC Upstate 21, Dayton 20, 12 innings

There were nine lead changes in the 5-hour, 18-minute game, which ended with the host Spartans scoring two runs in the bottom of the 12th to complete a rally from 10 runs down.

Dayton scored 11 runs in the fifth innings to take a 16-6 lead. But the Spartans answered with eight runs in the bottom of the inning and three more in the sixth to go up 17-16. Each team scored two in the eighth, then, the Flyers had a two-out rally in the ninth to force extra innings.

Dayton scored again the 11th but the Spartans answered again,  with Drake Harris doubling in the final run.

Charlie Carpenter and Jordan Miller drove in six runs apiece for Upstate.

Across the state
* Down the road a ways, Wofford had its own big offensive day, pasting Georgetown, 18-11. Reed Massey had four singles and a double, stole two bases and drove in three runs for the Terriers.

* There were two no-hitters pitched by S.C. players on Saturday. Oddly enough, one was in Spartanburg.

*  Ridge Chapman of Spartanburg Methodist struck out 11 as the Pioneers beat Roane State, 8-0, in the opener of a doubleheader split. Trent Autry of Florence-Darlington Tech struck out 15 as the Stingers beat Cecil CC, 6-0.

* The Citadel surrendered two runs in the top of the ninth, but Barrett Charpia's single in the bottom of the inning gave the Bulldgos a 6-5 win over Delaware State.

* After winning a 1-0, 13-inning game on Friday, Clemson showed its offensive prowess in a 13-5 win over Elon to clinch the series. The Tigers had 15 hits. Seth Beer singled, walked three times and was hit by a pitch. He has reached base in 66 consecutive games.

* Wil Crowe struck out nine batters in 6 1/3 innings as South Carolina beat Wright State, 10-5, to clich the series win. Hunter Taylor had two doubles and a single for the Gamecocks.

* Furman survived four Monmouth home runs to win, 12-5, and even the series at 1-1. Six Paladins had at least two hits apiece.

* West Virginia had six home runs among its 29 hits ijn a 22-9 pasting of Coastal Carolina. The Mountaineers are coached by former Clemson player and assistant Randy Mazey.

* Zach Giczewski's three-run single in the 11th inning sparked Lander to an 11-8 win at Montevallo to clinch a Peach Belt Conference series win. The Bearcats have won five straight to even their record at 7-7 after a 1-6 start.

* Francis Marion improved to 13-1 by ripping Augusta, 16-7. Five Patriots had at least three hits apiece. FMU put the game with as seven-run seventh.

* A seven-run seventh also put USC Aiken on easy street in its 15-5 win over Young Harris.

* Trejon Smith had five doubles and five RBIs as Newberry pounded Goldey-Beacom in a doubleheader.  The Wolves had 30 hits and 30 runs in the sweep.

* USC Beaufort wrapped up a Sun Conference series sweep of Warner with an 11-7 win on Saturday. Bobby Wenthe continued his torrid hitting with three hits and three RBIs.

* Erskine also got a conference series sweep by beating Pfeiffer twice. Zack Bowers pitched a complete game and struck out eight in the nightcap.

* Claflin entered Saturday with a 1-11 record, but swept a doubleheader from Bluefield State as Elliott Melton had five hits.

* North Greenville bounced back from losing Friday's series opener to score 34 runs in Saturday's doubleheader sweep of Southern Wesleyan.

* Anderson knocked off nationally ranked Lenoir-Rhyne, 8-6, in the opener of a doubleheader before the Bears bounced back to win the nightcap and the series.

* Chase Allen had three double and two homers as Limestone split a Conference Carolinas twinbill with Barton. The Saints won the series.

* Voorhees doubled its season wins total by beating Rust, 17-6 and 15-5, in a doubleheader.

* Florida recorded back-to-back shutouts of Miami for the first time in school history with a 2-0 win.

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