Clemson sweeps Maine

Clemson broke a 2-2 tie with two runs in the sixth inning on its way to a 10-2 win over Maine in the second game of a doubleheader at Lake Olmstead Stadium on Saturday.

The Tigers, who swept the doubleheader and the three-game series, improved to 4-2 on the season. The Black Bears dropped to 1-6.

The Tigers trailed 2-1 before Reed Rohlman’s sacrifice fly in the fifth inning tied the score. Clemson took the lead for good with two runs in the sixth inning, highlighted by Weston Wilson’s go-ahead, run-scoring single. Clemson added two insurance runs in the seventh inning thanks to a two-out error and two more in the eighth inning.

Starter Brody Koerner (1-1) earned the win by pitching a career-long eight innings. He allowed eight hits, two runs and no walks with three strikeouts. Maine starter Justin Courtney (0-2) suffered the loss.

Tyler Krieger’s one-out single to center in the 14th inning scored Tyler Slaton for the walk-off run as Clemson defeated Maine, 5-4, in the first game of the doubleheader.

The Black Bears scored two runs after a costly Tiger error in the fourth inning to take a 2-1 lead. Chase Pinder tied the score in the fifth inning on a wild pitch and Clemson scored two runs in the seventh inning, highlighted by Tyler Slaton’s go-ahead, run-scoring single, to give the Tigers the lead. Maine scored two more unearned runs in the eighth inning to tie the score 4-4.

Freshman Alex Schnell (1-0) pitched three scoreless innings to earn his first career win. Starter Zack Erwin allowed just five hits, no earned runs and no walks with five strikeouts in 7.2 innings pitched, but did not factor in the decision. Charlie Butler (0-1) suffered the loss.

Clemson hosts Wofford on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Fifth-ranked South Carolina shut out Northeastern, 6-0, Saturday in game two of a doubleheader to clinch the series at Carolina Stadium.

The Gamecocks defeated the Huskies 10-1 earlier in game one. South Carolina extended its winning streak to five games to improve to 5-1 on the season. Northeastern fell to 2-3 with the loss.

Gamecock starting pitcher Wil Crowe and relievers Vince Fiori, Reed Scott and Tyler Haswell combined for the shutout, allowing just six hits and walking one while combining for nine strikeouts. Crowe worked four innings, allowing four hits and striking out seven. Fiori (1-0) then pitched the next two innings, giving up two hits and striking out one to earn the win.

Carolina tallied a season-high 12 hits on the night, including a 3-for-3 effort from sophomore Gene Cone and a 3-for-4 performance from junior Marcus Mooney. Freshman Hunter Taylor added two hits.

The Gamecocks struck first in the bottom of the third. Taylor and Mooney delivered back-to-back singles to lead off the inning. After junior Max Schrock drew a two-out walk to load the bases, senior Kyle Martin ripped a single to right field, driving in Taylor and Mooney to give South Carolina a 2-0 lead.

The Gamecocks tacked on a run in the fifth. Mooney doubled down the left-field line to lead off the inning and advanced to third on a single by Cone. Sophomore Jordan Gore then drove in Mooney with a sacrifice fly to left field to give the Gamecocks a 3-0 advantage.

Senior Connor Bright led off the sixth with a double to center field and later scored on a single by Taylor to push Carolina’s lead to 4-0.

The Gamecocks plated two more runs in the seventh aided by three Northeastern errors. Freshman Alex Destino got things started with a two-out single. Bright then reached on a Huskies fielding error. Pinch runner Patrick Harrington advanced to third on the same play on another Northeastern error. Freshman Madison Stokes then singled to right-center to drive home Harrington, and Bright scored on the third Huskies error to give the Gamecocks a 6-0 cushion.

Huskies starting pitcher Dustin Hunt (1-1) picked up the loss after surrendering four runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings on the mound.

Josh Treff and Pat Madigan each had two hits to lead Northeastern.

For the first time this season, Charleston Southern could not finish a wild rally. The Buccaneers scored six runs in the eighth inning to cut into an eight-run deficit, but could not roar all the way back in a loss to visiting LaSalle on Saturday night at CSU Ballpark.

The loss is the first of the season for the Bucs, now 4-1. LaSalle moves to 3-3 on the year. The two square off in a series finale on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.

CSU fell behind 8-0 early and spent the final six innings chipping away at the deficit, just like it did in rallying from 5-0 and 6-0 in a sweep of Chicago State last weekend.

The Bucs cut the margin to 8-5 after a two-run triple by Brandon Burris in the sixth, but the Explorers, who had 18 hits, tacked on five runs in their next two at-bats to push the lead to 13-5.

CSU batted around with two outs in the eighth to give itself a chance. Cole Murphy, Nate Blanchard and Jack Crittenberger all had RBI doubles and Chase Shelton smashed a two-run home run deep into the night to shave the lead to 13-11.

The inning — and the game — was fueled by errors on both sides. The Explorers made two in the eighth and five in the game, but CSU had three, including allowing three unearned runs behind starter Dylan Lee (0-1) in the early innings.

LaSalle starter Joey Ravert set the table for the fast start, working five innings, scattering four hits and two unearned runs.

Cameron Johnson and Justin Korenblatt each had four hits and four RBIs. Korenblatt scored three times.

Eight Bucs hit safely in the game. Andrew Widell was 2-for-3 with a run scored, while Burris added a 2-for-4 day with a run scored and two RBIs. Sly Edwards scored twice after entering the game late.