Saturday, March 25, 2017

Saturday's highlights, March 25

Game of the day No. 1
Clemson 1, Boston College 0
Alex Eubanks pitched a three-hit complete game and matched his career high of 10 strikeouts as Clemson (19-4, 7-1 ACC) beat Boston College, 1-0, to clinch a series win. The Tigers, who were limited to two hits, scored their run without benefit of a hit in the seventh as they won their school-record 14th straight game away from home.

Game of the day No. 2
Mount Olive 1, North Greenville 0, Game 1
The third-ranked Trojans scored the game's only run in the bottom of the seventh and went on to a 7-3 win over North Greenville (22-11, 9-6) to sweep the Conference Carolinas doubleheader and series. Crusaders starter Canaan Cropper was the tough-luck loser in the opener, allowing four hits in 6 2/3 innings. Clark Scolamiero had two hits in each game, including a homer in the nightcap. Mount Olive, 15-0 in conference play, has won13 straight games and 21 of its last 22.

Game of the day No. 3
Lander 3, USC Aiken 2
Ryan Troutman's ninth-inning single gave Lander (13-16, 6-7) a victory over USC Aiken (21-8, 7-3) in Peach Belt Conference play to even the series at 1-1. The Pacers took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on Brian Parreira's sacrifice fly, but Nathan Schreckengost tied the game with a homer and Mason Dodd added an RBI single in the bottom of the inning.  Parrereia tied the score in the eighth with his third hit of the game. The Bearcats loaded the bases in the ninth and Troutman provided the drama. Connor Riley struck out 13 in 7 2/3 innings for USCA.

Elsewhere across the state
* South Carolina (16-6, 4-1 SEC) evened its Southeastern Conference home series with Alabama with a 6-5 victory in 10 innings. The Gamecocks surrendered a 4-0 lead and trailed 5-4 entering the bottom of the ninth. Jonah Bride drew a leadoff walk and pinch-runner Danny Blair advanced the remaining 270 feet on three wild pitches to tie the score. Jacob Row's bases-loaded single in the 10th won the game.

* Winthrop (13-11, 5-1) swept High Point, 12-5 and 4-0, in a Big South Conference doubleheader to wrap up a three-game series sweep. Mitch Spires and three hits and three RBIs in the opener, while Colton Rendon and Riley Arnone teamed up for a five-hitter in the second game.

Coastal Carolina (14-9, 3-2) clinched its first Sun Belt Conference series victory with an 11-6 win over Arkansas State. Matt Beaird, who entered the weekend with no home runs in his career, hit his second of the series as part of a three-hit, five-RBI outing.

* College of Charleston (9-14, 1-1) broke a seven-game losing streak with a bang, hammering Hofstra, 12-1, to even the Colonial Athletic Association series at 1-1. Dupree Hart singled, doubled, walked twice and drove in four runs for the Cougars, who had nine hits. Griffin McLarty struck out seven in 2 1/3 innings of relief pitching.

* Max McDougald had a double, a homer and two singles and drove in six runs as Wofford (11-14, 2-1) clinched a SoCon series win over Furman (11-11, 1-2) with a 21-2 romp in Game 1. The Terriers had 20 hits. The Paladins won the second game, 12-4, as Brandon Elmy had four of Furman's 15 hits.

* Evan Estridge's 11-strikeout complete game for a 2-0 win in Game 2 helped Newberry (19-14, 7-5) win a South Atlantic Conference series over Mars Hill with a doubleheader sweep. Jeff Sneed's home run in the ninth was the difference in a 10-9 win in the opener.

* Spartanburg Methodist (20-12, 2-0) moved into first place in NJCAA Region 10 with wins of 2-1 and 12-1 over Louisburg. Grant Thompson provided a walk-off win in the opener.

* The other four Region 10 teams split their doubleheaders. Florence-Darlington Tech (22-10, 1-1) beat USC Lancaster (26-9, 1-1), 1-0 in the opener while the Lancers took Game 2, 4-2.

USC Sumter (17-12, 1-1) won its first game over USC Salkehatchie (15-18, 1-1) before the Indians took the second game, 8-7. Grayson Cottingham had a homer and drove in two runs for the Fire Ants in the opener, while the Indians' Hagen Mott had two singles and a homer and drove in four runs in the second game.

* Francis Marion (21-9, 5-6) evened its Peach Belt Conference series with a 10-6 win over Flagler. William Robbins singled, doubled, walked twice and drove in three runs for the Patriots. Four other FMU players also had two hits.

* USC Beaufort (22-1) coasted to pair of non-conference victories over College of St. Joseph's 10-1, and 6-1. Justin Kortessis pitched a complete game in the opener a Wade Arduini had three hits. Brandon Joyce had three hits in Game 2

* Presbyterian (12-14, 1-2), split a Big South Conference doubleheader with UNC Asheville, winning the opener 7-4 and losing the second game, 7-1, as the Bulldogs claimed the series win, 2-1. Cletis Avery had two hits and four RBIs in the opener, while Jack McLaughlin doubled and scored the only Blue Hose run in the nightcap.

* Jon Koski had five hits, include three doubles, as Coker (16-11, 8-7 SAC) split a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader with Wingate. The Cobras won the opener 8-1 and lost Game 2, 2-1, as Wingate won the series.

* Erskine (23-9, 13-2) beat King, 8-3, in Game 2 to clinch a Conference Carolinas series victory after the host Tornado won Saturday's opener, 5-2. Destin Nichols had two doubles and four RBIs in Game 2.

* Limestone (18-13, 7-8) won a Conference Carolinas series over Southern Wesleyan (9-21, 4-11)
with a 5-2 victory in Game 2 after the host Warriors evened the series with a 6-5 win in the first game. Julio Justo had four hits for SWU in the opener, while Limestone's Garrett Lowery had four hits in Game 2.

* VMI pushed across three runs in the 12th to take a 4-1 win over The Citadel (8-14, 1-1) and even the SoCon series entering Sunday's finale. Bulldogs pitchers struck out 16 Keydets and Jonathan Sabo had two hits and two walks.

* Liberty pounded Charleston Southern (11-9, 1-4) for the second straight day, 17-3, to clinch a victory in the Big South Conference series.  The Flames scored six runs in the third, six in the fourth and five in the eighth. Cody Smith had two hits for the Buccaneers. Liberty won Friday's opener, 12-2.

* Rutgers swept a doubleheader from USC Upstate (12-14), scoring five runs in the eighth inning to rally for a 10-7 win in the opener and scoring six runs in the first inning en route to an 11-3 win in the nightcap. J.J. Shimko had two hits in each game for the Spartans.

A nine-run fifth inning was the big factor in Albany State's 18-16 win over Benedict (13-7, 2-3), in the second game to salvage a split of the SIAC doubleheader. The host Tigers won the opener, 8-6, as Reinaldo Santiago and Robert Troiano each went 2-3 for two RBIs. Myles Snype hit two homers and David White had four hits and four RBIs in Game 2.

* Morehouse evened its SIAC series with Claflin (7-19, 1-4) with a 6-1 win at West Ashley High School in Charleston. Johnathan Parnell II had two doubles for the Panthers.

* Tusculum put up big numbers against Anderson (8-23, 4-11) to sweep a doubleheader, 14-6 and 12-5, and complete a South Atlantic Conference series sweep. Joseph Strange had a hit in the first game and two RBIs in the second for the Trojans.

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