Clemson knocks off No. 5 Florida State

CLEMSON — Weston Wilson homered and drove in four, Chris Okey went 3 for 5 with a homer and five RBIs and Clemson cruised to a 10-3 win over No. 5 Florida State at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers, who took a 1-0 lead in the series, improved to 27-14 overall and 10-12 in the ACC. The Seminoles dropped to 28-12 overall and 13-5 in the ACC.

Wilson started the scoring with an opposite-field three-run homer in the fourth inning, his fourth blast of the season.

After the Seminoles plated three runs in the top of the fifth inning to tie the score, Clemson answered with three runs of its own in the bottom of the fifth inning on Okey’s two-run single and Wilson’s bases-loaded walk.

The Tigers added an insurance run in the seventh inning, which had a 115-minute delay due to inclement weather. Okey then belted a three-run homer in the eighth inning, his eighth of the year, to put the game away.

Clemson reliever Alex Eubanks (3-4) tossed 22/3 scoreless innings of one-hit ball. Clemson’s defense also came up big, aided by three double plays turned.

Florida State starter Mike Compton (5-3) gave up six runs on five hits in four innings.

The series continues Sunday at 1 p.m.

TOWSON, MD. — College of Charleston and Towson split a doubleheader at Schuerholz Park with the Cougars taking the first game, 9-4, and falling, 7-4, in the finale.

Bailey Ober (5-2) struck out 10 in the opener, allowing just one run in eight innings for the Cougars (23-19-1, 7-8 CAA). Ober has struck out 64 in 662/3 innings this season.

All nine Cougars starters recorded a hit, while Danny Wondrack and Clay Hunt hit back-to-back homers in the sixth inning. Hunt’s solo shot was the first of his career.

Tommy Richter had an RBI double in the third inning, and in the sixth, Wondrack hit a three-run blast and Hunter a solo home run. The Cougars padded their lead on RBI singles from Bradley Jones and Alex Pastorius in the ninth, as well as a sacrifice fly from Connor Grant.

In the second game, Towson (17-28, 7-8) scored four runs in the second inning for an early lead.

Jones hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning to cut the lead to 5-4, but Towson tacked on two runs in the sixth and held on.

The Citadel was swept by Furman in a doubleheader at Joe Riley Park.

In the opener, the Bulldogs (15-29, 5-9 SoCon) scored two runs on two hits in the bottom of the ninth, but a flyout to center field stranded two runners on base.

Jason Smith was 3 for 5 iwith one run scored and Barrett Charpia collected two hits of his own. The Bulldogs had 10 hits in the loss.

Starter JP Sears (5-4) struck out three over five innings for the Bulldogs.

Furman’s Jabari Richards and Andrew MacLatchie each had three hits, a home run and three RBIs.

In Game 2, Bulldogs starter Thomas Byelick (1-5) went 51/3 innings while striking out three.

The Citadel held a 5-2 lead after four innings but allowed Furman (19-24, 7-7) to tack on two runs in the top of the fifth to make it 5-4.

The Paladins then added four runs in the sixth inning and, despite two runs in the seventh inning, the Bulldogs were unable to mount a comeback and eventually fell 12-7.

Sky Overton had four hits for the Paladins.

Stephen Windham and Ben Peden each had two hits for The Citadel and Barrett Charpia launched his third homer of the season in the seventh inning. Charpia and Windham both finished with two RBIs.

Mike Deese, Shy Phillips, Bret Hines, Peden and Smith all had at least one hit in both games.