Saturday, March 11, 2017

Saturday's highlights, March 11

Game of the Day No. 1
Nova Southeastern 6, USC Aiken 5
The Sharks (15-6), ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division II, got a two-out, two-run, ninth-inning home run by Jancarlos Cintron to avoid being swept by the third-ranked Pacers (18-4) in the three-game series. Nova Southeastern scored two runs in the second, but Aiken responded with four in the bottom of the inning. Single runs in the third and fourth drew the Sharks even and the score remained tied until Zach Moon doubled in Mitchell Price in the bottom of the eighth. Mitch Spence got the first two Sharks in the ninth, but Brendan Cutting doubled and Cintron followed with the decisive homer. The Pacers went down in order in the bottom of the inning.

Game of the Day No. 2
Coastal Carolina 3, Illinois 2, Game 1
* The Chanticleers were no-hit until the eighth inning, but walked off as winners because Kevin Woodall Jr. and Peyton Isaacson hit back-to-back home runs in the ninth..

Elsewhere across the state
* Coastal Carolina (11-7)  got its only three hits of the second game in the seventh inning, but rode a nine-strikeout effort from Jason Bilous to a 6-0 win in the nightcap. The Chanticleers scored their first two runs in the sixth without the benefit of a hit.

* Brooks Crawford pitched 4 2/3 innings of shutout relief as Clemson (11-3, 2-0 ACC) edged Notre Dame, 6-5. The Tigers, who have won five straight, were held to seven hits but worked seven walks. They loaded the bases on walks in the fifth before scoring the decisive run.

* Matt Williams had a home run among his three hits and Wil Crowe struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings as South Carolina (11-5) beat Michigan State, 5-2, to clinch a series victory.

* Charleston Southern (9-4) scored two runs in the ninth to beat Florida International, 6-5, and avoid a series sweep. Nate Blanchard, Brandon Gragilla and Mike Sconzo had three hits apiece for the Buccaneers.

* Winthrop (7-8) swept Canisius, 2-1 and 3-1, to take a 2-1 series win. Brandon Fite had a walk-off single in the opener. Mitch Spires had three hits for the day, including two hits and two RBIs in Game 2. Nate Pawelczyk struck out eight in eight innings in the nightcap.

* Wren High product Erven Roper had four hits, including a double and a home run, and drove in three runs as College of Charleston (8-7) outslugged Kent State, 10-7, to even their series at a win apiece. Carter Love struck out a career-high eight in 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to get the victory.

* Brendan Brundage and Zach Krider each had three of USC Upstate's 18 hits as the Spartans (9-9)  beat Monmouth, 14-5, to even their season record.

* Clark Scolamiero was 7-for-10 with 2 doubles, a homer, a stolen base, a walk, 5 runs scored and 6 RBIs as North Greenville (20-5, 8-1 Conference Carolinas)  swept a doubleheader at Emmanuel, 9-7 and 17-3, to complete a conference road series sweep.

* Alex Calvert struck out 11 in 6 2/3 innings in a 1-0 win in the opener of  Erskine's doubleheader sweep of Conference Carolinas rival. Limestone (13-11, 3-6). Henry Faunce had three hits in the nightcap, a 6-3 win to give the Flying Fleet (18-6, 8-1 conference) a 2-1 series victory.

* Elliott Melton had three hits and drove in three runs as Claflin (6-13) beat Lincoln (Pa.) twice, 7-2 and 16-9.  The Panthers have won a season-high three straight.

* USC Beaufort (18-6) swept Fisher for the second straight day, 20-3 and 5-1. In the nightcap, Zac Burke became the fourth Sand Sharks pitcher this season to tie the school single-game strikeout record of 12.

* A four-run eighth inning lifted Auburn to a 7-5 win over Presbyterian (9-8) to even the series at 1-1. Four Auburn errors contributed to all five Blue Hose runs being unearned. Nick Guimbarda and A.J. Priaulx had two hits apiece for PC.

* A day after scoring a school-record 35 runs, Benedict (7-3) scored "only" in the teens in a 13-1 win over Lancaster Bible at the Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach. Joel Manzano had three hits and drove in five runs.

* Southern Wesleyan (7-16, 3-6 Conference Carolinas) clinched a series victory with a 5-4 win in the opener, then fell to Pfeiffer, 7-1, in the nightcap. John Garrett had three hits in the two Saturday games

* Avery Green singled, doubled and drove in three runs as Anderson (6-17, 2-7 SAC) beat Carson-Newman, 9-5, to avoid being swept in a South Atlantic Conference road series.

* Wofford (6-10) split a pair of home games. Spencer Kulman pitched a complete-game two-hitter in a 6-1 win over LaSalle, but a four-run ninth inning lifted Monmouth to a 6-4 win a few hours later. Brett Hash singled, doubled and homered for the Terriers.

* Furman (8-6) was shut out for the second straight day in a 5-0 loss to Mississippi. Landon Kay had two hits for the Paladins, who have gone scoreless over their last 24 innings.
* A five-run ninth inning in Game 2 helped Francis Marion (19-4, 3-3 Peach Belt) beat Georgia Southwestern, 12-8 to avoid a series sweep. The Patriots lost Saturday's opener, 2-1, by allowing a run in the ninth inning.

* Coker (13-8, 5-4 SAC) and No. 24 Catawba split lopsided outcomes on Saturday, giving the host Indians a 2-1 South Atlantic Conference series win. Jon Koski had three hits in the Cobras' 10-1 win in the opener and another hit in the 13-2 loss in the nightcap.

* Alex Conaway's bases-loaded triple in the eighth inning was the big hit as Lander (9-13, 4-5 Peach Belt) salvaged the nightcap of a doubleheader at No. 20 Flagler, 8-3, to avoid being swept in the series. Flagler won Saturday's opener. 10-4.

* Florence-Darlington Tech (16-9) swapped close games with Mercer County in a doubleheader played at the Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach. The Stingers won the opener, 4-1, and lost Game 2, 3-0.

* Stetson won both games of Saturday's doubleheader with The Citadel (4-10) to take a 2-1 series victory. The Hatters won 9-6 and 9-2.

* Evan Edwards hit two homers in Game 2, but USC Lancaster (21-6) lost two games at Georgia Highlands, 3-1 and 14-4.

* Newberry 12-12, 2-4 SAC) couldn't hold an early 6-1 lead and lost to Tusculum in 11 innings, 7-6, to suffer a South Atlantic Conference series road sweep. Daymon Totherow had three hits for the Wolves.

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