Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday's highlights, March 17

Game of the Day No. 1
Virginia 2, Clemson 0
Virginia took Game One of an ACC showdown series at Clemson (14-4, 3-1), shutting out the Tigers on four hits at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.  Pavin Smith's seventh-inning home run broke up a scoreless pitchers' duel between the Cavaliers' Daniel Lynch and Clemson's Charlie Barnes.  The Cavs drove Barnes out of the game and scored their final run in the ninth.  Barnes went 8  1/3 innings for Clemson, allowing six hits and a walk while striking out seven.

The Tigers loaded the bases in the eighth, but Chris Williams grounded into a fielder's choice to end the threat.

The series continues at 1 p.m. Saturday, with the game on Fox Sports Carolinas.

Game of the Day No. 2
Limestone 9, North Greenville 6, G1

Garrett Lowery had a game-winning three-run homer in the ninth inning as the Saints rallied from a 6-0 deficit by scoring four unearned runs in their final at-bat of the Conference Carolinas doubleheader opener.

Lowery added two hits in the nightcap as Limestone (15-11, 5-6) completed the sweep of North Greenville (21-7, 8-3), with a 9-5 win.

Elsewhere across the state
* South Carolina (12-5) opened Southeastern Conference play with a 7-1 win over Tennessee, scoring three runs in both the seventh and eighth innings. Normal Sunday starter Adam Hill moved up to replace ailing Friday starter Clarke Schmidt and allowed six hits and three walks in six innings. Jacob Olson's seventh-inning homer broke a 1-1 tie for the Gamecocks, who had 15 hits. Chris Cullen also homered and Reed Scott pitched the final three innings for the save.

* Brian Kehner pitched a two-hit complete game as Presbyterian (10-10) opened a three-game home series with Army with a 9-0 victory.

* Adam Scott struck out nine in eight innings as Wofford (8-10) beat Yale, 3-2.

* Furman (9-7) ended its 33-inning scoreless streak in the first inning and rolled to a 17-2 victory over North Carolina A&T. Jabari Richards was 4-for-4 and Carter Grote  doubled, tripled and drove in five runs for the Paladins.

* Erskine (20-7, 10-1 Conference Carolinas) beat Emmanuel 7-1 and 5-3 as Trevor Wood had five hits on the day.

* Florence-Darlington Tech (20-9) played a doubleheader at Francis Marion's Sparrow Stadium and beat Monroe CC twice, 10-0 and 6-1. The Stingers have won nine of their last 10 games.

*  Wade Arduini pitched a complete game and Alex Murphy had three hits as USC Beaufort (19-8, 7-3 conference) beat St. Thomas, 6-3, in the opener of a Sun Conference series.

* Reece Greene and Daniel Willcutt combined for a four-hit shutout as Winthrop (8-10) opened Big South Conference play with an 8-0 win at UNC Asheville.

* Ben Peden had three hits as The Citadel (6-11) beat Dartmouth, 5-4, to even the four-game series at 1-1.

* Andrew Dill struck out nine batters in seven shutout innings and William Thomas had two hits and three RBIs as Anderson (7-18, 3-7 conference) took the opener of a South Atlantic Conference series with Mars Hill, 5-3.

* Newberry (14-12, 3-4 SAC) scored six runs in the third inning and beat Carson-Newman, 7-4, in South Atlantic Conference play. Zack Kelly struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings and Danton Hyman had three hits and drove in two runs for the Wolves..

* Charlie Carpenter's third hit of the game, a two-run homer in the ninth, lifted USC Upstate (10-10) over Quinnipiac, 5-3.

* Longwood was a 7-2 winner over Charleston Southern (10-5) in the opener of a Big South Conference series.

* Logan McRae's home provided the only run for College of Charleston (8-10) in a 10-1 loss at Nebraska in the opener of a three-game series.

* Ryan Newman's fifth hit of the game, a home run in the 14th inning, gave Texas State a 5-4 win over Coastal Carolina (11-8) in the Chanticleers' first-ever Sun Belt Conference game. Jordan Gore had three hits for Coastal.

* Lenoir-Rhyne scored a run in the seventh and two in the eighth for a 6-5 win over Coker (13-9, 5-5 SAC) to open a South Atlantic Conference series in Hartsville.

* Mitchell Price singled, tripled and homered, but USC Aiken (19-6, 6-1) suffered its first Peach Belt Conference loss, 3-2 at Columbus State.

* Francis Marion (19-6, 3-4) fell below .500 in Peach Belt Conference play with a 10-9 walk-off loss at Young Harris. A seven-run seventh was the highlight for the Patriots. Reese Cooley and Zach Callahan each homered and drove in three runs.

* Trevor Walker drove in both runs for Southern Wesleyan (7-17, 3-7) as the Warriors were whipped by Belmont Abbey, 16-2, in a Conference Carolinas series opener.

Elsewhere in college baseball
* Mississippi's 1-0 win over Vanderbilt was its fifth straight shutout (the middle three were against Furman). David Parkinson, a former Florence-Darlington Tech standout, went the first six innings.

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