April 19, 2014

Wofford grad McGirt atop the leaderboard at Heritage (AUDIO)

Lucas Glover is tied for 5th after day one of the RBC Heritage Tournament [File Photo]

Lucas Glover is tied for 5th after day one of the RBC Heritage Tournament [File Photo]

Story by Daniel Schwartz

Day 1 of the RBC Heritage Tournament is in the books down at the Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island. Three golfers, Matt Kuchar, Scott Langley and Wofford alumnus William McGirt, shot a first round score of 66 to settle in at 5-under par.

The shot of the day occurred on the par-3 17th when McGirt holed out from the bunker to record a birdie.

Jordan Spieth, the 20 year-old Masters runner up, shot a 69 on the day to finish tied for fifth.

Matt Kuchar, who continues his solid play from a week ago in Augusta, caught up with Bill Rosinski of PGA TOUR Radio after the round.

AUDIO: Matt Kuchar [1:19]

Another co-leader, Scott Langley talked about his round as well as his ironic pairing with McGirt.

AUDIO: Scott Langley [1:13]

A link to the live RBC Heritage Tournament leaderboard is posted below.

http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/rbc-heritage/leaderboard.html

The Citadel extends the Gamecocks’ miseries with a 10-8 victory

Celek homered for USC in a losing effort (File Photo)

Celek homered for USC in a losing effort (File Photo)

Despite homers from Brison Celek and DC Arendas as well as seven hits and 10 walks at the plate, sixth ranked South Carolina fell to The Citadel 10-8 on Wednesday evening in non-conference action at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park. The Gamecocks fall to 28-9 with The Citadel now 15-23 overall.  It’s USC’s fourth straight loss.

Kyle Martin went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a pair of RBI to lead the Gamecocks at the plate. Celek was also 2-for-4 and Arendas reached base five times with a homer, three walks and a hit by pitch. The Citadel belted out 12 hits and benefited from eight walks and three Gamecock errors to score double-digits on South Carolina, just the second time this season the Gamecocks have allowed 10 or more runs. Mason Davis went 3-for-4 with three runs, a homer and a pair of RBI. Tyler Griffin added two hits and three RBI with Drew DeKerlegand also with a homer and two RBI to lead the Bulldogs.

Austin Livingston earned the win for The Citadel and is now 2-4 on the year. He allowed five runs, four earned, on three hits with four walks and eight strikeouts in five innings of work. Skylar Hunter earned his seventh save of the year with a scoreless ninth inning. South Carolina starter Matthew Vogel suffered the loss and is 0-1 for the season. He allowed five runs, four earned on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 2.1 innings.

The Citadel took a one-run lead in the bottom of the first. Davis led off with a single, stole second base and scored on Griffin’s two-out RBI single up the middle.

Arendas tied the game with a solo homer in the second inning. Arendas jumped on the first pitch he saw with a blast to right field for his fourth homer of the season.

The Gamecocks broke ahead 2-1 in the third inning. Tanner English led off with a double and advanced to third on a wild pitch. After a Gene Cone walk and with one out, English would score as the Gamecocks successfully executed a double steal.

The Bulldogs answered with a four-run frame to take a 5-2 lead. A fielding error by Jordan Gore at second base and Davis’ second hit of the evening opened the bottom of the third for The Citadel. After a sacrifice bunt moved over Davis and Ryan Kilgallen, a walk to Bo Thompson and a walk to Tyler Griffin tied the game and ended the night for Vogel. Left-hander Vince Fiori would walk Drew DeKerlegand on four pitches and would have to come out of the game due to a sprained lat on his left side of his body. Two more runs would then score for The Citadel as a fly ball by pinch hitter Connor Walsh would be lost in the lights and would fall in left-center for a single.

The Citadel made it 6-2 in the fourth inning with Davis driving in Calvin Orth with a sac fly to center field.

South Carolina responded with a three-run fifth inning to cut the deficit to a run. Gene Cone drew a walk on an eight-pitch at bat followed by a walk to Elliott Caldwell on seven pitches. That set the stage for Kyle Martin, who drove a 2-0 pitch into right field for a two-run double. Martin eventually scored on Grayson Greiner’s sac fly to left-center.

The Citadel would get two runs back in the bottom of the fifth to make it 8-5. Drew DeKerlegand led off the bottom of the fifth with a solo home run to right field, his second homer of the year to push the Bulldogs’ lead back to two runs. Ryan Kilgallen added a two-out RBI base hit.

Carolina countered in the sixth with two more runs to inch to within one run. Brison Celek opened the frame with a bang with a solo homer to left field, his first homer of the year. Walks to Arendas and Gore followed. After Tanner English’s sacrifice bunt, Arendas would score on a sacrifice fly by Gene Cone.

The Citadel however would score two more in the seventh to go ahead 10-7. Davis hit a solo homer and Griffin added a two-out RBI double.

The Gamecocks would plate a run in the top of the eighth inning benefitting from two Bulldog errors. Gene Cone reached on shortstop Johnathan Stokes’ fielding error and scored on a two-out throwing error by third baseman Bailey Rush.

South Carolina returns to SEC play this weekend with a three-game series at Auburn. First pitch for the opener is 7 p.m. ET on Friday. Saturday’s game will be televised on CBS Sports Network with a first pitch at 5 p.m. ET. Sunday’s series finale is 2 p.m. ET on CSS.

Story from USC Sports Information

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46th RBC Heritage tees off Thursday (AUDIO)

Governor Nicki Haley joined McDowell as he received his Tartan Jacket and trophy on the 18th green at last year's tournament.

Governor Nicki Haley joined McDowell as he received his Tartan Jacket and trophy on the 18th green at last year’s tournament.

Story by Daniel Schwartz

Just days after the conclusion of the Masters Tournament, the PGA Tour will make its way down the Savannah River Thursday for the 46th RBC Heritage Tournament. Played at the scenic Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island, the RBC Heritage has been known to be one of the most beloved tournaments by many of the golfers on the Tour.

2013 champion Graeme McDowell is looking to defend his title at Harbour Town this weekend.

AUDIO: Graeme McDowell [1:36]

Five-time Heritage champion and local favorite Davis Love III knows what it takes to win on this course.

AUDIO: Davis Love III [1:22]

The link to Thursday’s tee times can be found below. Masters runner-up Jordan Spieth tees off at 12:40.

http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/rbc-heritage/leaderboard.html

Former Clemson QB Chad Kelly issues apology

Chad Kelly [File Photo]

Former Tiger QB Chad Kelly [File Photo]

Story by Daniel Schwartz

The family of former Clemson quarterback Chad Kelly released a statement Wednesday following his abrupt dismissal from the football team earlier this week.

“I have apologized to the coaching staff for my behavior.  I am disappointed in myself. I let down not only my coaches, and teammates, but also Clemson University and all of our fans. Most importantly, I’ve let down myself and my family.”

“I have always been competitive to a fault, winning at all costs. I let my emotions get the best of me, culminating in this unfortunate situation with coach Swinney and the Clemson Tigers.”

“What’s important now is that I use this experience to grow as a student, as an athlete, and most importantly, as a man. Right now, I’m optimistic about the future. It’s not going to be easy, but no matter what happens, I’ll be a better person both on and off the field.”

Kelly, a redshirt sophomore, had been competing with senior Cole Stoudt for the starting quarterback position throughout spring practice. He struggled however during the annual Orange and White game on Saturday throwing two interceptions before finding himself on the bench in the second half for arguing with his coaches.

Head Coach Dabo Swinney announced Monday that he had dismissed Kelly from Clemson’s football team for “conduct detrimental” to the program.

#22 Clemson clips Coastal Carolina (VIDEO)

Clemson is back on track.

Clemson is back on track.

Garrett Boulware and Tyler Krieger tied their career highs with four hits apiece to lead No. 20 Clemson to a 9-6 win over Coastal Carolina at a chilly Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Tuesday night. It was the first meeting between the Tigers (21-14) and Chanticleers (17-21) since 2012.

Boulware belted a solo homer, his fourth long ball of the year, in the first inning to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead, then the Tigers broke a 1-1 tie with four runs in the third inning, highlighted by Chris Okey’s two-run double. Coastal Carolina rallied with three unearned runs on one hit in the top of the sixth inning to tie the score 5-5, but Steven Duggar’s two-out, run-scoring single in the bottom of the sixth inning gave Clemson the lead for good.

Freshman righthander Drew Moyer (2-0) earned the win by tossing 1.1 hitless and scoreless innings in relief. Clay Bates pitched 2.0 innings to record his first career save. Chanticleer reliever Brock Hunter (0-1) suffered the loss.

The Tigers travel to Pittsburgh this weekend to face the Panthers in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. The series begins Friday at 6 p.m. on ESPN3.

Clemson’s next home game is Tuesday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m. against Liberty. Fans can obtain free tickets for the game by filling out a short form on ClemsonTigers.com. The voucher is good for all immediate family members. Forms are also available at the Athletic Ticket Office and at the gates on gameday. Fans not wishing to complete the form can purchase a ticket for $5 by visiting the Athletic Ticket Office or by calling 1-800-CLEMSON beginning Thursday. Season ticket holders will be admitted at no charge whether they participate or not, but their responses would be helpful. All seats for the game are general admission.

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Story and video via ClemsonTigers.com