Sunday, February 19, 2017

Wrapping up the weekend, Feb. 19

Biggest surprise (positive): Coker getting a three-game sweep of Erskine

Biggest shocker (negative): Clemson hitting .240 as a team in going 1-2 against Wright State. Seth Beer, Grayson Byrd and Logan Davidson combined to hit .400. The rest of the lineup hit .167

Game of the weekend No. 1: UNC Greensboro 1, No. 4 South Carolina 0 (Sunday). The Spartans held the Gamecocks to four singles and won on an unearned run. UNCG had one hit.

Game of the weekend No. 2: Francis Marion 2, Newberry 0 (Sunday). Patriots starter Chance Ducharme allowed four hits and two walks while striking our four over eight innings. Newberry's Zach Kelly allowed five hits, a run, two walks and struck out 10, but got the loss.

Series of the weekend: Mount Olive going 2-1 vs. USC Aiken in a meeting of ranked NCAA Division II teams.

* College of Charleston fell short of a sweep of Georgia, but did get 14 hits in the 8-5 loss. The Cougars hit .310 as a team with Logan McRae's .778 (7-for-9) marking leading the way. He had two home runs and nine RBIs.

* Tyler Weyenberg's eighth-inning home run proved decisive as Presbyterian beat Alabama, 4-3, to salvage the final game of a three-game series. Will Smith pitched the final 2 2/3 innings to get the win. The Blue Hose suffered a 4-3 loss on Friday, then allowed seven runs on four homers in the fourth and fifth innings of an 8-1 loss on Saturday.

* Winthrop's Grant English had an RBI single to cap a two-run eighth inning as the Eagles rallied for a 3-2 win over Maine to complete a sweep of the Black Bears.   The Eagles win the first two games by 12-5 scores.

* Charleston Southern bounced back from an opening loss to win the final two games against Delaware State. The Buccaneers scored three runs over the final two innings of the middle game on Saturday.

* Florence-Darlington Tech went 3-1 in the first of two tournaments it is hosting over consecutive weekends. USC Lancaster went 2-1.

* North Greenville continued a solid start by winning two of three against Georgia Southwestern. Coach Landon Powell's club is 8-3.

* USC Sumter went 2-2 in a home series with 2016 NJCAA World Series participant Harford.

* An argument could be made that sophomore Adam Hill had the strongest of three starting performances for the South Carolina pitching staff, but he was saddled with the loss in a 1-0 shutout by UNC Greensboro on Sunday. Hill allowed one hit, walked two and struck out seven. The only run scored in the third inning off a walk, a stolen base, a passed ball and a groundout. USC mustered just four hits and got only one runner as far as third base. USC pitchers struck out 27 and allowed 10 hits  and three runs (two unearned) in the series for a 0.33 ERA. UNCG had a .115 team batting average

* Limestone hit six home runs in a doubleheader sweep of LIU Post. Matt Orth homered and was the winning pitcher in the first game, a 17-5 romp. Zach Piazza homered in each game and has hit seven homers this season.

* Furman was unable to pull off a sweep of Dayton, losing Sunday's game 12-11. The Paladins rallied from an 11-5 deficit to pull within one run on Landon Kay's two-out, two-run pinch homer in the ninth. David Webel followed with a two-out walk, but was thrown out to end the game when he overslid second base on a steal attempt.

* USC Beaufort set school records for hits (25) and runs (23) in a game in a shutout victory over Florida Memorial on Saturday to complete a three-game sweep. Wade Arduini and Justin Kortessis tied the school record for single-game strikeouts in the first and second games of the series.

* USC Salkehatchie hit 382 as a team and struck out 30 batters in 27 innings in its sweep of New River. Former Byrnes High star Hunter Hernandez struck out 11 in a 4 2/3 innings of relief in Saturday's first game.

* Lander swept a Sunday doubleheader with Mars Hill to give first-year coach Jason Burke his first series win with the Bearcats.

* USC Aiken got two home runs from Conner Durden as it avoided a sweep by beating Mount Olive, 9-6, on Sunday. Both schools likely will stay in the NCAA II rankings much of the season, so it's a good RPI series for both teams.

* Francis Marion ran its season-opening winning streak to a school-record 10 games by beating Newberry twice on Saturday. The Wolves handed the Patriots their first loss in Sunday's finale.

* Sophomore Seth Beer hit a pair of home runs in Clemson's series loss against Wright State, which is expected to contend for the Horizon League title. The 2016 college baseball freshman of the year went three-for-seven (.429) with six walks and hit by pitch. He also had 15 chances without an error in his first action at first base. He was an outfielder last year.

* Defending national champion Coastal Carolina opened its season with a 1-2 weekend.

* Ridge Chapman struck out 13 batters in six innings Sunday as Spartanburg Methodist beat host Southern Union State, 6-0, to finish a 1-2 performance in an tournament in Wadley, Ala.

* Claflin allowed 59 runs in losing three games to DII power Florida Southern.

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