Saturday, March 18, 2017

Saturday's highlights, March 18

Game of the day
Lander 16, Georgia Southwestern 12, 10 innings, Game 1
The Bearcats fell behind 4-0 after three innings but scored in their final seven at-bats to win the opener of a Peach Belt Conference series.

Lander took leads of 6-4, 8-6 and 11-7, but the Canes tied the score at 11 in the eighth. Both teams scored a run in the ninth.

Colton Yeager's fourth hit of the game, a two-run single, was the big hit of the 10th inning.

Georgia Southwestern won then second game, 9-6. Lander (11-14, 5-6) had the potential tying run at bat in the ninth inning but the game ended on a pickoff.

Elsewhere across the state
* A six-run first inning and another solid outing from pitcher Alex Eubanks helped Clemson (15-4, 4-1 ACC) even its Atlantic Coast Conference series with Virginia. Eubanks  allowed eight hits and two runs while striking out five in seven innings. Chris Williams homered and drove in two runs for the Tigers.

* A bases-loaded walk drove in the go-ahead run and a hit batsman allowed an insurance run to score later in the 10th inning as South Carolina (13-5, 2-0) clinched a series win over Tennessee with a 6-4 victory. The Gamecocks struggled on offense, but rode a solo home run from T.J. Hopkins and a two-run shot from Jonah Bride to build a 3-2 lead. USC took a 4-3 lead in the eighth only to have the Volunteers tied the score with their first pinch-hit homer since 2014.  Hunter Taylor singled to start the decisive rally.

* Seth Lancaster's eighth-inning home run was the final run for Coastal Carolina (12-8, 1-1) as t he Chanticleers beat Texas State to get their first Sun Belt Conference victory. Dalton Ewing had three hits, including a homer, for Coastal.

 * Erskine (21-7, 11-1 Conference Carolinas) completed its series sweep of Emmanuel with a 6-2 victory. Zack Bowers struck out eight batters in eight innings for the Flying Fleet.

* Last-at-bat heroics helped Newberry (16-12, 5-4) swept a doubleheader over Carson-Newman, 8-5 and 2-1, to complete a sweep of the South Atlantic Conference series. The Wolves got RBI double from Ben Herring and a two-run single from Robert Kosch in the eighth inning to break a 5-5 tie in the opener. Derek Olenchuck drew a bases-loaded walk to end the nightcap.

* Coker (15-9, 7-5) won a laugher (11-0) and a squeaker (5-4) for a doubleheader sweep to claim a South Atlantic Conference win over Lenoir-Rhyne. The Cobras scored four runs in the first inning and four in the second of the opener as Forrest Arnold pitched a complete-game five-hitter.  A.J. Strnad had three hits, while Thomas Lopez and Bryson Connor drove in three runs apiece. In the second game, Coker's third unearned run of the game came in the bottom of the sixth to break a 4-4 tie.

* North Greenville (22-7, 9-3) salvaged the third game of its Conference Carolinas series with Limestone (15-12, 5-7) with an 8-5 victory. Clark Scolamiero and Nathaniel Maggio homered and Scolamiero picked up his fourth save for the Crusaders.

* William Kinney tripled in the tying run in the ninth and walked to drive in the winning run in the 10th as The Citadel (7-11) beat Dartmouth, 8-7, to take a 2-1 series lead.

* Benedict (9-5, 1-1) opened Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play with a 12-9 win over Miles, but lost Saturday's second game,. 5-4. Armando Valentin had five hits  and five RBIs in the doubleheader.

* Anderson (8-19, 4-8) claimed a South Atlantic Conference series win over Mars Hill with a 9-3 victory in Saturday's nightcap after the Lions won the opener, 12-5.  Stephen McKnight doubled and homered in Game 2.

* Columbus State beat No. 1 USC Aiken (19-6, 6-2) 3-2 for the second straight day in Peach Belt Conference play. Mitchell Price tripled and homered to drive in both Pacers runs.

* Wofford (9-11) split a twinbill with Yale, winning the opener 6-2 and losing 18-15 in Game 2 despite scoring six runs in the final inning. Spencer Kulman struck out eight and didn't allow an earned run in a seven-inning complete game in Game 1. Reed Massey and Andrew Orzel had three hits apiece as the Terriers collected 20 hits in the nightcap.

* USC Lancaster (24-7) cruised to a 13-6 win over Monroe CC in the opener of a scheduled doubleheader. Game 2 was canceled because of weather.

* NJCAA Region 10 rivals USC Salkehatchie (14-14) and Spartanburg Methodist (14-12) split a non-region doubleheader. The Indians won the opener, 11-4, and the Pioneers took Game 2, 7-3.

* Nationally ranked (NAIA)  St. Thomas bounced back from losing the series opener by sweeping USC Beaufort (19-10, 7-5) in a Sun Conference doubleheader, 9-7 and 16-2. Brandon Joyce had four hits in the opener, while Thomas Estopare and five hits for the day.

* Longwood scored the game's only run in the sixth inning and beat Charleston Southern (10-6, 0-2) for the second straight day in Big South play.  Jason Miller singled, walked and stole a base for the Buccaneers, who had runners on first and third in the ninth inning but could not push the equalizer across.

* UNC Asheville evened its Big South Conference series with Winthrop (8-11, 1-1) with a 4-3 victory. Brandon Fite had two hits and an RBI for the Eagles.

* North Carolina A&T took advantage of pitching struggles by Furman (9-8) for an 11-10 win to even the series. The Aggies had 15 hits, 12 against Paladins starter Grant Schuermann in the first four innings. Sky Overton had three hits and three teammates added two apiece for Furman, which stranded the potential tying run at third in the ninth.

* Army evened its series with Presbyterian (10-11) with a 9-5 victory. The Black Knights profited from four PC errors. Four Blue Hose players had two hits apiece.

* Riley Knudsen's third-inning home run gave College of Charleston (8-11) a lead, but the Cougars couldn't score again as they lost to Nebraska for the second straight day, 6-1.

* A four-run ninth inning helped Quinnipiac ice an 11-3 win over USC Upstate (10-11), to even the series at 1-1. Hunter Gilbert singled, doubled, walked and drove in a run for the Spartans.

* Nick Nunziato's eight-inning homer lifted Belmont Abbey to a 4-2 win over Southern Wesleyan (7-19, 3-9) to complete a Conference Carolinas doubleheader and series sweep. The Crusaders won the first game 17-0.

* Spring Hill beat Claflin (6-16, 0-2), 15-12 and 8-2, to spoil the Panthers' SIAC opening doubleheader.

* Stillman dumped Voorhees (6-10) by an 11-0 score in the opener of a doubleheader and held off the Tigers, 7-6, in the second game.

* Young Harris clinched a Peach Belt Conference series win over Francis Marion (19-7, 3-5) with a 12-0 victory.

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