Sunday, March 11, 2018

Wrapping up the weekend in S.C. college baseball, March 11

College of Charleston wrapped up a three-game sweep of Cal State Bakersfield with a 10-1 win over the Roadrunners at Patriots Point. Logan McRae had a double and a home run among his four hits. on Sunday. It was a nice bounce back weekend for Coach Chad Holbrook's Cougars after a midweek loss at nationally ranked East Carolina.

Elsewhere on Sunday
* The Citadel's 4-2 win over Connecticut gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 series lead over the Huskies ending Monday finale of the wraparound series at Joe Riley Park. Jonathan Sabo, the Bulldogs' starting third baseman, picked up his second save of the weekend in his closer role.

* USC Aiken edged North Georgia, 3-2, to win its Peach Belt Conference series, 2-1.  Four Pacers pitchers combined for 16 strikeouts, while Joey Smithers had two of USCA's five hits.

* USC Sumter completed a 6-0 week by winning a pair of shutouts over USC Union, 10-0 and 7-0, in its first NJCAA Region 10 series of the season.|

* USC Salkehatchie moved to 4-0 in Region 10 with a doubleheader sweep of USC Lancaster.

* Florence-Darlington Tech had its bye week from Region 10 play and got a pair of complete-game wins over Cuyahoga to finish the weekend 3-1.

* The eighth inning was the Achilles' heel for Coastal Carolina in a pair of losses in the Chanticleer Classic. Ohio State scored four runs in the eighth inning and held on for a 7-5 win in the first game of the day. Later, High Point scored the go-ahead run in the eighth to beat the Chanticleers, 3-2.

Facts, figures and figuring
* Clemson couldn't have asked for a better start to ACC playing, sweeping Georgia Tech at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Seth Beer homered in all three games for the Tigers, who have the good fortune of playing fellow ranked ACC team N.C. State at home in the second league next weekend.

* Monte Lee picked up his 100th win as Clemson's coach in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader sweep of Georgia Tech.  In Game 2, the Tigers' Chris Williams got his first start at catcher since May 6 of last season, prior to suffering an injury.

* Tigers weekend starters Jacon Hennessy, Brooks Crawford and Jake Higginbotham have a combined 2,14 ERA.

* South Carolina swept Princeton in its final weekend tuneup before opening SEC play next weekend, but the Gamecocks still have some uncertainty about the back end of its weekend rotation. Adam Hill had another brilliant outing in Friday's opener and has struck out 43 batters in 23 innings. No. 2 starter Cody Morris displayed better control than he had in a loss against Clemson a week previous,  Coach Mark Kingston gave projected closer Eddy Demurias a shot as the No. 3 starter, and he did well until allowing back-to-back homers to open the sixth.  With Demurias out of the closer picture for the weekend, John Gilreath, T.J. Shook and Carmen Mlodzinski each picked up a save.  The Gamecocks likely don't want to be experimenting with the rotation next weekend: Defending national champ and top-ranked Florida comes to town.

* Freshman Ben Anderson seems well-suited to be the leadoff hitter for Furman. He's 15-for-33 during his current eight-game hitting streak.

* Francis Marion has allowed 64 games during its current five--game losing streak and has lost 13 of its last 14 games after a 7-2 start.

* Chase Allen of Limestone has hit 14 home runs and driven in 38 runs in 23 games. The Saints have 37 homers as a team.

* North Greenville has three players hitting .400 or better this led by the .459 mark of USC transfer John Jones. Josh Black is hitting .413. and Connor Grant is at .400. Jeffrey Chandler is hitting "only" .364 but has driven in 33 runs in 22 games.

* Coastal Carolina's Seth Lancaster has reached base in all 18 games this season.

* Saturday's 10-inning 7-5 win for Lander over Nova Southeastern snapped a nine-game losing streak for the Bearcats.

* Presbyterian went 0-5 this week, but A.J. Priaulx wasn't the reason. He went 13-for-18, twice going 5-for-5. He's batting .485 (33-for-68) for the season.

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