Friday, March 10, 2017

Friday's highlights, March 10

Game of the day No. 1
Presbyterian 11, Auburn 8

Coach Elton Pollock's Blue Hose (9-7) used a seven-run ninth inning to stun Auburn in the opener of their series. PC trailed, 7-0, after two innings, but roared back with 19 hits.  Brett Auckland had four hits Nick Guimbarda, A.J. Praulx and Tyler Weyenberg had three apiece.

Game of the day No. 2
No. 3 USC Aiken 11, No. 1 Nova Southeastern 3
The Pacers (18-3) clinched a series victory and strengthened their case for moving into the No. 1 in NCAA Division II by whipping the Sharks (14-5). After a walk-off win on Thursday, USCA scored in its final five innings to overcome a 3-0 deficit. Joseph Benitez scattered seven hits an over 7 1/3 innings, but walked only one and struck out nine. The Pacers go for a series sweep on Saturday.

Elsewhere across the state
* Clemson (10-3) opened ACC play with a 4-1 home win over Notre Dame. Charlie Barnes had another effective start and Andrew Cox had two hits and two RBIs for the Tigers. Clemson was held to four hits, but drew nine walks and had two batters hit by pitches.

* Clarke Schmidt struck out a career-high 12 in 7 1/3 innings and Madison's Stokes' two-run homer in the fifth inning broke up a no-hitter as South Carolina (10-5) beat Michigan State, 3-2, in the opener of their series in Columbia. The Gamecocks' third run came when Jonah Bride scored on the throw to first after a dropped third strike against L.T. Tolbert. Colie Bowers got the save.

* J.P. Sears struck out eight in seven innings and Jonathan Sabo and Ben Peden homered as The Citadel (4-8) topped Stetson, 5-1. Sears (2-1) has struck out 39 in 26 1/3 innings this season. Brooks Wilson had a 14-strikeout complete game for the Hatters.

* USC Upstate (8-9) won for the fifth time in six games with a 6-3 win over LaSalle. Devon Ortiz had a triple among his four hits for the Spartans.

* Reed Massey singled, doubled, homered and drove in five runs as Wofford (5-9) hammered Monmouth, 16-4. Brett Hash and Carson Waln also homered and Adam Scott struck out 10 in six innings for the Terriers.

* Former Florence-Darlington Tech ace David Parkinson took a no-hitter into the eighth inning as Mississippi beat Furman, 2-0. Will Gaddis pitched well for Furman (8-5) but didn't get any offensive support. Brandon Elmy led off the the Paladins' eighth with a single. Furman got two runners on with none out in the ninth, but couldn't move the runners over on a sacrifice. Carter Grote's liner to third turned in a game-ending double play.

* Speaking of FD Tech (15-8), the Stingers swept a doubleheader over Mercyhurst North East.

* David White Jr. had four hits and four RBIs as Benedict (6-3) drubbed Valley Forge, 35-0, at the  Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach in a game called after seven innings. The Tigers scored in every inning, including seven in the first and 12 in the third, to set a school record for runs in a game.

* Garrett Lowery had three of Limestone's seven home runs as the Saints (13-9, 3-4 Conference Carolinas) handed Erskine (16-6, 6-1) its first conference loss. Trace Whetsell added two homers for the Saints, who scored 10 runs in the sixth inning.

* Tucker Burgess allowed one run and struck out nine over seven innings as North Greenville (18-5, 6-1 Conference Carolinas) coasted by Emmanuel, 11-4, to stretch its conference winning streak to six games.

* John Garrett, Dimarkus Sanders and Conner Ewing, the top three hitters in the Southern Wesleyan lineup, combined to go 10-for-14 with 9 runs and 8 RBIs as the Warriors (6-15, 2-5 Conference Carolinas) outlasted Pfeiffer, 15-12.

* USC Beaufort (16-6) opened a four-game weekend series with a doubleheader sweep of Fisher, 5-3 and 12-0. Bobby Wenthe hit his seventh homer of the year in the opener and Julio DePena struck out 12 in a complete-game shutout in the nightcap.

* Josh Evans homered in support of winning pitcher David Dunlavey as USC Lancaster (21-4) held off Indian Hills in a game played in Emerson, Ga.
* Kent State scored all its runs in the first four innings of a 13-5 win over College of Charleston (7-7), while Canisius took scored three runs in the second and six in the third in a 9-5 win over Winthrop (5-8).

* Charleston Southern (8-4) was done in by Florida International's seven-run eighth inning in a  15-8 loss. The Buccaneers led 5-0 after the top of the second, but fell behind 8-7. CSU  tied the game in the top of the eighth, only to have the Panthers break the game open in the bottom of the inning.

.* Anderson (5-17, 1-7 SAC) got 25 hits in a doubleheader but lost both games, 11-4 and 13-9, to Carson-Newman. Newberry (12-11, 2-3 SAC) also had nothing to show for a long day in the east Tennessee hill country, falling to Tusculum 9-5 and 8-1. Also in the SAC, Coker (12-7, 4-3) fell behind 10-0 after three innings in a 12-1 loss at No. 24 Catawba.

* Francis Marion (18-3, 2-2 Peach Belt) had its five-game winning streak snapped in an 8-1 loss at Georgia Southwestern. Lander (8-12, 3-4 PBC) also struggled on the road, seeing an early 1-0 lead wiped out in a 9-5 loss at No. 20 Flagler.

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