GREENVILLE — Clemson stormed back from a 10-0 deficit to defeat Furman, 23-15, Tuesday night at Fluor Field.
The Tigers, who won both games of the home-and-home season series, improved to 28-25, while the Paladins fell to 23-29.
It was Clemson’s most runs in a game since May 18, 2006, when the Tigers defeated Wake Forest, 26-1. Clemson totaled 22 hits, led by Tyler Krieger going 4-for-6 with three RBIs. Chris Okey went 3-for-6 with two homers and five RBIs, while Weston Wilson added three hits. Tiger batters also totaled 15 walks and two hit-by-pitches.
The Paladins scored three runs in the first inning and seven runs in the second inning to build a 10-0 lead. Okey blasted a three-run homer in the third inning, then Reed Rohlman lined a two-run double in the fourth inning. Krieger lined a two-run single in the fifth inning, then Okey belted his second homer of the game in the top of the sixth inning. The Tigers scored three more runs in the sixth to tie the score 11-11. Furman regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning with a run, but the Tigers responded with eight runs in the seventh inning to take the lead for good.
Pat Krall (2-3) earned the win in relief, as he pitched 1.1 perfect innings in relief with two strikeouts. Charlie Barnes pitched 4.1 strong innings in relief, allowing just two hits, two unearned runs and two walks with five strikeouts. Elliott Warford (4-3) suffered the loss, as he yielded five runs on four hits in 0.1 innings pitched.
Clemson concludes the regular season with a three-game series at No. 8 Florida State starting Thursday at 6 p.m.
CofC 12, CSU 5
MOUNT PLEASANT — No. 18 College of Charleston baseball downed crosstown rival Charleston Southern after mounting an eight-run second inning and never looking back on Tuesday night at Patriots Point.
Charleston (39-10) saw five different hitters record multiple hits on the day, with Blake Butler and Bradley Jones both homering and tying for a game-high four RBIs. With 12 runs on 13 hits, the Cougars were impressive in leverage situations, batting .429 (6-for-14) with two outs, .529 (9-for-17) with runners on base, and .571 (8-for-14) with runners in scoring position.
Starting pitcher Eric Bauer (4-3) earned the win after pitching 4.2 effective innings in a predetermined split. Bauer pitched well under pressure, and worked out of jams to hold CSU to one run on eight hits. Hayden McCutcheon, Wade Arduini and Jake McBreairty combined in relief appearances. The pitching staff combined to strand eight CSU runners.
“We played very well tonight,” said head coach Monte Lee. “Eric Bauer, who has not pitched a lot this year because he’s been battling injuries, stepped up and gave us a good start. After we used as many pitchers as we did this past weekend, we needed someone to step up, and he did that. He really threw the ball well, and pounded the strike zone; I think all of our guys did tonight. Defensively, we played a very sound ball game, and we hit the ball well. Our guys continue to be consistent, and we picked up another good win.”
Bauer found himself in trouble early, as Nate Blanchard led off with a single and a Sly Edwards sacrifice bunt attempt turned into a single to put two on with no outs. Bauer then forced three consecutive groundouts to end the inning unscathed, stranding runners on second and third.
The prolific Cougar bats exploded into form in the second, as the Cougars sent 10 hitters to the plate and scored eight runs on six hits. Butler led off the inning with a walk, and later punctuated the rally with a three-run bomb to left, his third homer in the last two games and team-high 11th of the year. Sandwiched between Butler’s leadoff walk and his homer were consecutive singles by Nick Pappas, Morgan Phillips and Erven Roper, followed by an RBI double by Jones which put the Cougars up 3-0. The rally continued with an RBI single by Champ Rowland, followed by an RBI sacrifice fly by Ryan Brown, the first out recorded in the inning. After a walk and fielder’s choice left Cougars on the corners with two outs, Butler left the yard to left on a 1-1 pitch for an 8-0 Cougar lead.
CSU took a run back on a walk and two singles in the third, but Bauer shut down the rally with a strikeout and flyout. The Bucs scored a second run on three singles in the fifth, but the Cougars maneuvered a 3-6-1 double play to minimize the damage.
Jones walked and stole second base in the sixth, putting himself in scoring position until a two-out RBI single by Wise, his team-high 29th two-out RBI of the season. In the next inning, Jones hit his ninth homer of the year with Pappas on third to push the Cougar lead to 11-2. Charleston added one more in the eighth on back-to-back, two-out doubles by Wise and Butler.
Robbie Streett hit a three-run homer in the ninth, but CSU would get no closer and falls to CofC for the sixth consecutive time.
The Cougars close out the regular season with their final Colonial Athletic Association series at Northeastern, with all the league’s series moved up to Thursday, Friday and Saturday to allow preparation for next week’s CAA Championship, hosted by the College at Patriots Point.
CSU opens a three-game Big South series on Thursday night at CSU Ballpark. First pitch of the opener is at 6 p.m.
Presbyterian got four consecutive two-out hits and scored five times in the top of the first, and three Blue Hose pitchers made the lead stand up in a victory over The Citadel on Tuesday at Riley Park in the final non-conference game of the 2015 campaign.
The Bulldogs (23-27) head to Greenville this weekend to face Furman in a three-game Southern Conference series that wraps up the regular season. The Citadel needs to sweep the Paladins in order to avoid playing in the opening round game of the SoCon Tournament next week.
The win was the first in 18 games for Presbyterian (25-27) in Charleston dating back to 1965 when complete records are available. The Bulldogs were also denied their 20th home victory of the season and will have to win at least one game in the tournament to reach that plateau for the 16th time in 18 full seasons at Riley Park.
With two outs and a runner at first in the opening inning, Cam McRae beat out a grounder to third to keep the frame alive against starter Austin Livingston. Jacob Midkiff drove in two with a double, AJ Priaulx knocked in a third run with a two-base hit and Ryan Hedrick capped the uprising with a two-run homer.
The Bulldog bullpen held the Blue Hose in check the rest of the way, with six relievers combining to allow six hits and one unearned run with seven strikeouts over the final 8 1/3 innings. Kevin Connell and Jacob Watcher both went two innings with Connell fanning three.
Steven Hansen began The Citadel comeback attempt with a solo homer in the second, Connor Walsh had an RBI single in the third and Hansen went deep again in the fourth to make it a three-run contest. Hansen’s multiple-homer performance was the third in the past four games for the Bulldogs, with Walsh and Drew Ellis doing so in the opening game of the East Tennessee State series on Friday.
Blue Hose starter David Sauer allowed eight hits and all three runs in five innings to raise his record to 5-4. After Russell Thompson worked a perfect sixth, Hayden Deal escaped a two-on jam in the seventh by striking out Walsh.
Deal allowed only one hit and two base runners in his 2 1/3 innings on the mound to pick up his third save of the year.