Sunday, April 9, 2017

Sunday's highlights, April 9

Game of the day
Presbyterian 3, Winthrop 1

Hayden Deal pitched a one-hitter and Presbyterian (18-16, 6-3) scored a pair of runs in the eighth to complete a Big South Conference sweep at Winthrop (16-16, 5-4). Deal walked one, hit one and struck out seven. Grant English had the long Eagles safety with a fifth-inning RBI single. Tyler Weyenberg and A.J. Priaulx had two hits apiece for the Blue Hose.

Series of the weekend
Louisiana Lafayette at Coastal Carolina

How evenly matched was it? The Ragin' Cajuns won a 1-0 shutout on Friday, the Chanticleers won 9-8 with a four-run ninth on Saturday and Coastal scored two runs in the ninth on Sunday in a game declared a 7-7 tie because of the visitors' travel requirements. The teams entered the weekend tied atop their respective divisions in the Sun Belt Conference.

Rising: Presbyterian has won four straight and is three games above .500 in the Big South Conference.

Falling: Furman has lost eight straight and is 1-8 in the Southern Conference.

Elsewhere across the state
* Chase Pinder prevented a Virginia Tech grand slam with a SportsCenter Top 10-worthy  over-the-fence catch in the second inning and Clemson (28-5, 13-2) went on to an 8-3 win over  Virginia Tech (17-17, 6-9) to complete a sweep of the ACC series. The Hokies had loaded the bases with two out in the second inning of a scoreless game. Jack Owens hit a long fly ball between the hitter's background and the Chapman grandstands at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Pinder raced over, leaped, reached over the fence and caught the ball to end the inning. Virginia Tech took a 2-0 lead in the third, but the Tigers scored four in the fourth and never looked back. Pinder and Robert Jolly had two hits apiece. Pat Krall (6-0) remained unbeaten.

* College of Charleston (16-16, 7-2) built a five-run lead after three and a half innings and held on for a 12-11 victory at James Madison (17-13, 3-6) to clinch a CAA victory and remain in first place in the standings. Joey Mundy and Tommy Richter had three hits apiece and Erven Roper drove in four runs for the Cougars.

* Wofford (17-16, 3-3) fell behind 3-0 after one and a half innings, but used a nine-run eighth to beat VMI (17-16, 4-5), 13-3, in a game halted by the SoCon's series-finale run rule once the Terriers got up by 10 runs.  Wofford took a 4-3 lead in the seventh, then ended the game with the big outburst. McClain Bradley had four hits and drove in three runs for Wofford.

* Jared Williams' three-run homer in the seventh inning of Game 2 gave USC Lancaster (34-11, 9-3) a 10-7 win over USC Salkehatchie (20-25, 4-8) to complete a doubleheader and series sweep. The Lancers won Sunday's first game, 10-1.

* Spartanburg Methodist (25-16, 7-3) also broke out the bats in a sweep of Florence-Darlington Tech (27-15, 6-6). The Pioneers won Game 1 in five innings, 11-1, and took the nightcap, 10-5.

* Voorhees (16-13)   extended its winning streak to eight games with a doubleheader sweep at College of Faith. The scores were 11-9 and 6-3.

* Luke Westerberg hit a three-run homer in the second inning and Mitchell Price followed with a solo shot as USC Aiken (27-10, 12-6) wrapped up a three-game sweep of Augusta (15-20, 7-11) with a 6-1 win at Roberto Hernandez Stadium. Westerberg also singled and walked for the Pacers.

* Bennette Hill and Connor Grant had three hits apiece as North Greenville (30-12, 14-7) beat King (16-21-1, 7-14), 14-3, to win the finale of a Conference Carolinas series. The Crusaders collected 17 hits.

* Coastal Carolina (20-11-1, 8-3-1)  and Louisiana Lafayette (18-13-1, 7-4-1) played to a 7-7 tie in a Sun Belt Conference game stopped after nine innings because of travel plans for the Ragin' Cajuns. The Chanticleers built a 5-0 lead, but Louisiana scored seven straight runs - including two in the eighth and two in the ninth - to go ahead 7-5. Coastal scored two in the bottom of the inning. Jordan Gore and Billy Cooke had three hits apiece for the Chants.

* USC Sumter (22-19, 4-8) salvaged the final game of its NJCAA Region 10 series at Louisburg (21-18, 4-6) with a 6-1 victory. The host Hurricanes won Sunday's opener, 6-1, to clinch a series victory.

* Charleston Southern (16-14,5-7) was unable to complete a Big South Conference sweep at UNC Asheville (13-18,4-5) losing in walk-off fashion, 2-1. The Buccaneers, who were held to four hits, pushed across a run in the top of the ninth to tie the score, but the Bulldogs answered with a run in the bottom of the inning.

* Perhaps the only bit of solace for Furman (11-19, 1-8) in Sunday's 9-3 loss at UNC Greensboro (21-10, 7-2) was that the game wasn't close enough to look back at a play or two as the difference in the game. The Spartans clubbed three triples to send the Paladins to their eighth straight loss. Six losses in the streak have been in conference play. The five most recent league losses were by a total of seven runs. Landon Kay doubled and homered for Furman.

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