Clemson clobbers Catamounts, 14-2

Clemson scored seven runs in the fourth inning en route to a 14-2 victory over Western Carolina at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Tigers, who won the home-and-home season series 2-0, improved to 19-18. The Catamounts dropped to 15-17.

Clemson scored three runs in the second inning, highlighted by Tyler Slaton’s run-scoring single. After the Tigers scored a run in the third inning, they erupted for seven runs on three hits and three Catamount errors in the fourth inning to take a commanding 11-0 lead. Tyler Krieger and Chris Okey both belted two-run singles in the frame. Clemson added three runs in the fifth inning.

Reed Rohlman extended hit hitting streak to 10 games by going 2-for-2 with three runs and two walks in Clemson’s 11-hit attack. Okey went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs, Glenn Batson went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs and Slaton tied his career high with four RBIs.

Tiger starter Jake Long (1-0) earned the win by allowing just one hit, one run and one walk with five strikeouts in 6.0 innings pitched. He did not allow a hit until Austin Atwell’s solo homer with one out in the sixth inning. Long held Western Carolina, who entered the game 30th in the nation in runs per game (6.9) and 35th in batting average (.297), in check. Catamount starter Brendan Nail (2-3) suffered the loss.

Clemson hosts Gardner-Webb on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

After South Carolina rallied with a run in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie Presbyterian 4-4, the Blue Hose scored three runs in the 10th inning to defeat the Gamecocks on Tuesday night at Carolina Stadium.

Presbyterian improved to 22-15, with South Carolina dropping to 23-15 on the year.

South Carolina trailed 4-3 entering the bottom of the ninth. Gene Cone drew a one-out walk and a fielder’s choice off the bat of Madison Stokes, and a muffed throw by Presbyterian second baseman Billy Motroni gave the Gamecocks a pair of runners. Max Schrock then knocked an infield single that then got past Motroni and into right field, allowing Cone to score to tie the game up. After an intentional walk to Kyle Martin loaded the bases, the Blue Hose escaped the jam as a fielder’s choice on a ball hit by Elliott Caldwell would result in an out at home plate and a flyout to center field off the bat of Connor Bright ended the ninth.

Presbyterian then came back with three runs in the 10th inning. AJ Priaulx and Jacob Midkiff each singled followed by Brandon Martin’s two-run triple. Glen Casaceli then singled to score Martin.

Presbyterian reliever Ethan Wortkoetter earned the win after 1.2 scoreless innings of relief. He is now 3-2 on the year. Gamecock reliever Cody Mincey suffered the loss and is now 1-2 for the season. He allowed three runs on three hits in 2.2 innings with two walks and a strikeout.

Presbyterian plated four runs in the top of the second to take a 4-0 lead. After a leadoff single from Cam McRae, Ryan Hendrick sent the first pitch he saw from Gamecock starter Tyler Johnson over the left-field wall for a two-run homer. PC would get two more runs in the inning.

Caldwell drove in a pair of runs in the bottom of the third to cut the Blue Hose’s lead to 4-2. Stokes and Schrock both singled and with two outs and both on second and third, Caldwell knocked a base hit up the middle.

The Gamecocks cut the PC lead to one run in the sixth as Caldwell tripled and scored on DC Arendas’ sacrifice fly to center field.

Jacob Midkiff went 4-for-5 to lead Presbyterian at the plate. Brandon Martin had three hits as well. Schrock went 3-for-4, Stokes and Caldwell added two hits as well to lead the Gamecocks at the plate.