Clemson won its fourth straight ACC series by taking down Georgia Tech in Atlanta. And USC was on the verge of taking its third straight SEC series until falling victim to the go homer (some call it walk off) at Auburn.
Here’s a recap of the conference baseball action around the state over the weekend.
Clemson whips Georgia Tech on Sunday to claim series
Clemson scored 13 runs in the first three innings Sunday and that was plenty of support for Pat Krall and the Tigers went on to a 13-6 win to take the series 2-1. Krall ran his record to 5-0. Reed Rohlman had a three run homer and 7 RBIs for the Tigers who are 24-5 and 10-2 in the ACC. They play Tuesday night at Georgia.
Monte Lee after Georgia Tech win
Heartburn for the Gamecocks at Auburn
USC was two strikes away from the taking the series at Auburn Sunday afternoon, but trying to protect a 5-3 lead with two outs and two on in the bottom of the ninth, Josh Reagan served up a gopher ball to pinch-hitter Conor Davis that turned what looked a sure win into a defeat. The Gamecocks also lost the Friday night game 5-4 stranding the tying run at third base in the top of the 9th. It’s the first SEC series loss of the season for the Gamecocks who are 19-8 and 6-3 in the SEC. The Gamecocks will host Furman Tuesday night.
Charleston Southern falls in bottom of the ninth
Campbell scored the game winning run in the bottom of the ninth with the help of a scoring error to defeat Charleston Southern Sunday 3-2 to win the series in Buies Creek, NC. The Bucs are 14-12 and 3-6 in the Big South.
Mercer takes out the broom against Furman
Mercer pushed across a run in the top of the 10th at Furman and took a 7-6 win over the Paladins to sweep that Southern Conference series. The Paladins fall to 11-15 and 1-5 in league play.
Defending national champs flexing their muscles in league play
Coastal Carolina blew out Georgia State Sunday in Atlanta 17-0 in a game shortened to seven innings due to the mercy rule . The Chanticleers swept the series, their second straight Sun Belt Conference series sweep. Dalton Ewing went 4-5 with 5 RBIs to lead the offense. The Chants are 19-10 and 7-2 in the league and will play at The Citadel Wednesday night.
Blue Hose fall short of sweep of Radford
After winning on Friday and Saturday, Presbyterian was looking for a sweep of Radford on Sunday in Clinton but the Highlanders scored three first inning runs and went on to a 4-1 victory. The Blue Hose are 14-16 and 3-3 in the Big South.
Bulldogs struggles continue
The Citadel was swept at Western Carolina over the weekend falling Sunday 14-1 in a game shortened to seven innings. The Bulldogs are 9-19 and 2-4 in the Southern Conference. The Bulldogs will face Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina and Winthrop in their next three games.
Charleston stays hot in league play
The College of Charleston improved to 5-1 in the CAA with a sweep of UNCW. The Cougars won Sunday 7-6 Dupree Hart scored three runs on the day including the game winner on an infield error in the bottom of the 8th. Carter Love earned the victory in relief. The Cougars are 13-15 overall.
Winthrop wins in Omaha
The Eagles took a series in Omaha, something they’d love to repeat in June at the College World Series. For now they’ll have to settle for a series win over Creighton. They did play the series at TD Ameritrade Park, home of the CWS. The Eagles won Sunday 2-1 scoring both runs in the top of the second. The pitchers did the job from there with Riley Arnone earning his second win in relief. The Eagles improve to 15-13.
Terriers get a sweep of Villanova
Wofford is on a road trip to the Northeast and over the weekend swept a series from Villanova taking a doubleheader Saturday and winning Sunday 8-0 behind a complete game three hitter by Austin Higginbotham. The Terriers are 15-14 and play Tuesday at Navy.
Upstate salvages a win against Lipscomb
USC Upstate went 1-2 in against Lipscomb in its first ASUN Conference series of the season. The Spartans took the Sunday game in Spartanburg 16-7 scoring 9 runs in the first inning. Charlie Carpenter went 5-6 for the Spartans who are 14-17.