Beer extends streak as Tigers roll past Panthers; USC blanks Vandy

— Clemson scored in each of its last seven innings as the Tigers defeated Pittsburgh, 14-6, to win their 13th straight game at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Friday night.

Seth Beer gave the Tigers (20-6, 6-4) the lead for good in the third inning on his run-scoring double off the wall in left field to extend his hitting streak to 22 games, tied for eighth longest in school history. With the Tigers ahead 7-5, they broke the game open with five runs in the fifth inning, highlighted by Reed Rohlman’s two-run single. Rohlman went 4 for 5 with three RBIs to pace Clemson, who totaled 16 hits in the contest.

Tigers starter Clate Schmidt (5-0) earned the win by allowing eight hits, six runs and no walks with five strikeouts in 62/3 innings pitched.

— Freshman right-hander Braden Webb struck out 11 batters in eight scoreless innings and limited Vanderbilt (22-5, 5-3) to just two hits as South Carolina defeated the Commodores in Game 2 of a three-game SEC series.

Fresh off 14 strikeouts vs. Mississippi last week, Webb (6-1) was masterful again, not allowing a hit until a two-out double in the sixth inning and giving up just two in the contest.

Junior left-hander Josh Reagan pitched a perfect ninth to preserve the shutout.

USC (24-4, 7-1) broke ahead, 2-0, in the top of the third inning. Marcus Mooney led off with an infield single, Gene Cone followed with a base hit and LT Tolbert was hit on a 2-2 pitch to load the bases with no outs. John Jones drove in Mooney with a sac fly to center and Alex Destino knocked an RBI single up the middle to score Cone.

— College of Charleston failed to control a late lead, falling to Colonial Athletic Association foe Elon at Latham Park.

The Cougars led 6-5 with two outs in the eighth, but Elon rallied for three consecutive hits to score four runs and take the first game of the three-game series.

C of C (18-8, 3-1) opened the scoring in the second when Luke Manzo was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. The Cougars added a run on a wild pitch before Dupree Hart singled home a pair of runs with two outs. The lead would not hold for long, however, as Elon responded with equal damage in the bottom half.

College of Charleston starter Nathan Helvey surrendered four runs on three hits and four walks in the second frame before being removed. The bullpen allowed just one run over five-plus innings until the Phoenix struck in the eighth.

Elon (10-15, 2-4) committed four errors, with two coming in the sixth inning, as Charleston was able to score a run.

Elon answered in the bottom of the inning with a two-out RBI double from Nick Zammarelli.

– The Citadel dropped the first game of the series at Stetson.

Ben Peden got the Bulldogs (12-15) out to a quick lead in the second inning, smacking his first career home run to right field to make it 1-0. The freshman finished 2 for 3.

Stetson (13-13) then evened things up in the third inning and took the lead for good in the sixth inning.

JP Sears picked up where he left off from his last start, striking out the side in the first inning and finishing with seven strikeouts to raise his season total to 54. Sears gave up three runs and did not allow a walk in 6 innings.

The series continues on Saturday at 11 a.m.