Clemson clobbers Catamounts, 19-2

Behind an eight-run fifth inning and two four-run innings, Clemson defeated Western Carolina, 19-2, Tuesday at Hennon Stadium.

The Tigers (12-11) scored their most runs in an inning since May 6, 2012, when they scored eight runs in the seventh inning against College of Charleston. The Tigers added four runs in both the second and sixth innings against Western (9-12). It also was Clemson’s most runs in a game since May 17, 2011, when it scored 19 runs against Davidson.

Chris Okey’s two-run double and Reed Rohlman’s two-run single highlighted the fifth-inning uprising. Every Tiger starter scored at least one run in the game, while Tyler Krieger extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

Tiger reliever Alex Schnell (2-0) earned the win by tossing 2.0 hitless and scoreless innings with four strikeouts. Catamount starter Corey Sikes (1-1) suffered the loss, as he gave up five runs (four earned) on four hits in 2.0 innings pitched.

Clemson begins a 10-game homestand with a three-game series against Wake Forest at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Connor Owings’ one-out RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning lifted Coastal Carolina over 12th-ranked South Carolina on Tuesday at Springs Brooks Stadium.

The Gamecocks (18-7) rallied from a four-run deficit to take an 8-6 lead with a pair of runs in the fifth and four more in the sixth.

South Carolina fought back in the top of the fifth with a pair of runs to cut the deficit to two. The Gamecocks took advantage of a pair of balks to score a run, and Connor Bright drove in Alex Destino with a two-out RBI single.

In the sixth inning, Logan Koch led off with a single and Jordan Gore drew a walk to open the frame. A sacrifice bunt by Gene Cone was not fielded cleanly by Coastal catcher Casey Schroeder to load the bases with no outs. Pinch runner Clark Scolamiero scored on a wild pitch, Max Schrock tallied a RBI single, Martin belted an RBI double and Caldwell added a sacrifice fly to give the Gamecocks a two-run cushion.

It remained that way until the bottom of the eighth when Coastal (18-6) tied it with a pair of runs. Zach Remillard led off with a single and Casey Schroeder doubled to give the Chanticleers runners on second and third with no outs. David Parrett drove in Remillard with a sacrifice fly to center and Schroeder scored on a wild pitch to tie the game.

Tied 8-8, Josh Crump led off the bottom of the eighth with a walk. After a sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk, Owings knocked a 1-2 pitch to center field for a base hit to seal the game for Coastal Carolina.

Both teams had eight hits for the evening. Schrock went 3-for-5 with two runs to lead the Gamecocks. Owings and Remillard had two apiece to lead Coastal Carolina.

Coastal went ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the 1st inning on a solo home run by Owings, his third of the season. Owings sent a 2-2 pitch over the right-field wall to give the Chants a one-run lead.

South Carolina took advantage of a pair of Coastal Carolina errors to go ahead 2-1 in the top of the third inning. Max Schrock reached second base with one out on a throwing error by CCU pitcher Shane Sawczak and scored on a misjudged fly ball by left fielder Al Molina. Kyle Martin scored the Gamecocks’ second run on Elliott Caldwell’s one-out RBI single up the middle. Coastal Carolina went ahead 6-2 in the fourth inning benefiting from six walks from the Gamecocks as well as a pair of hits.

Winthrop 11, Citadel 4,

Winthrop scored five times in the first and went on to snap an eight-game losing streak to The Citadel, defeating the Bulldogs on Tuesday.

The Eagles (16-8) earned a season split with The Citadel (14-9) after losing 6-5 at Riley Park last Wednesday. The last Winthrop win over the Bulldogs came on April 6, 2011.

Brad Kaczka tripled three times and drove in five runs to pace Winthrop. He launched a three-base hit to right-center to highlight a five-hit first that staked the Eagles to their early lead and added three more RBI on a triple in the fourth that built Winthrop’s advantage to 9-1.

The Citadel attempted to rally beginning in the fifth, loading the bases on consecutive singles by Jason Smith, Jacob Watcher and Austin Mapes. The Bulldogs capitalized on a run-scoring groundout by Connor Walsh, and two more crossed on a wild pitch and error to pull within 9-4.

Thomas Byelick worked 1 2-3 innings in the fifth and sixth, and The Citadel appeared poised to continued its comeback in the sixth. Bret Hines walked and pinch hitter Mike Deese singled to put runners on the corners with nobody out.

But Deese was retired when pitcher Austin Lawrence spied him trying to advance to second, and Lawrence set down Smith and Watcher to escape the jam with his team still up by five runs. Winthrop added two more runs in the seventh, including Kaczka’s third triple of the game.

Six of Winthrop’s runs were unearned as a result of four Bulldog errors. Smith and Watcher both had two of The Citadel’s seven hits.

The Bulldogs are back in action this weekend when they travel to Cullowhee, N.C., for their Southern Conference opening series against Western Carolina. Friday’s game is at 5 p.m.

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