COLUMBIA — Junior outfielder Gene Cone tied Whit Merrifield’s school record 26-game hitting streak, sophomore outfielder Alex Destino drove in four runs and freshman right-hander Braden Webb struck out 10 as No. 12 South Carolina defeated Missouri, 5-1, on Saturday to clinch the weekend series.
The Gamecocks are 32-8 and 13-4 in the SEC, while Missouri fell to 20-20, 4-13.
Cone’s 26-game hitting streak is the longest in a single season in program history, surpassing the previous mark of 25 set by Greg Keatley in 1976. He is now tied with Merrifield who set the mark over the course of the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Cone finished 2 for 3 with two runs. Destino was 2 for 4 to go along with his four RBIs and Jonah Bride went 3 for 4.
Webb (8-2) allowed one run on four hits with six walks in 52/3 innings. Junior left-hander Josh Reagan pitched 21/3 scoreless innings to earn his 11th save of the year.
CLEMSON — Eli White’s line-drive single to left field with one out in the 10th inning lifted Clemson to a walkoff win over Georgia Tech at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in a game that started Friday and ended Saturday.
Georgia Tech (26-13, 9-10 ACC) bounced back in the second game by routing the Tigers (26-13, 9-11).
In the first game, the Yellow Jackets built a 7-2 lead before the Tigers rallied with five runs in the seventh, highlighted by Chris Okey’s three-run double and Reed Rohlman’s RBI single to tie it on Friday before the game was halted in the next inning.
On Saturday, the game resumed with the Tigers winning on White’s walk-off hit following a leadoff single by Rohlman and a groundout.
In the second game, Georgia Tech scored 13 runs in the first five innings. Tristin English hit a three-run homer in the top of the first inning to highlight the Yellow Jackets’ four-run frame. Clemson’s Chase Pinder hit a solo homer in the bottom of the first inning, but it was all Georgia Tech after that.
MOUNT PLEASANT — College of Charleston snapped a six-game losing skid with a win over James Madison at Patriots Point.
Bailey Ober (4-2) struck out 10 in 62/3 innings to earn the victory. It was the second career 10-strikeout game for the sophomore.
Offensively, Erven Roper was 3 for 4 with two RBIs, while Dupree Hart, Bradley Dixon and Danny Wondrack all finished with two hits each for the Cougars (22-16-1, 6-5 CAA).
Hart extended his reached base streak to 24 games and his hitting streak to 11 games with a second-inning single. The freshman drove in a run with an RBI base hit in the sixth.
James Madison fell to 16-23, 6-8.
Bryan Sammons struck out eight in a three-hit shutout as Western Carolina (21-17, 11-3 Southern Conference) cruised past The Citadel at Riley Park.
The Bulldogs (14-26, 4-7), who won the series opener, 2-1, on Friday, only managed singles by Jason Smith and Steven Hansen and a double by Mike Deese.
Chris Kellahan made his Bulldogs debut on the mound in the ninth inning, striking out one in one inning of work, and Justin Craft drew a walk in his first collegiate at bat. The Citadel used seven pitchers in the loss.
Boiling Springs, N.C. — Colin Thacker went 5 for 5 and Gardner-Webb scored at least one run in each of the first seven innings to rout Charleston Southern.
The Bulldogs (28-14, 7-7 Big South) took an early lead with Danny Sullivan’s two-run homer in the first inning and never looked back, piling up 23 hits.
CSU (15-25, 3-11) didn’t respond until the third, when Nate Blanchard’s double cut the lead to 3-1, but Gardner-Webb blew open the game with six runs in the bottom of the inning.
Blanchard went 2 for 3 with two doubles and had the only RBIs for the Buccaneers.
Daniel Johnson (4-4) took the loss for the Bucs after pitching 22/3 innings. He allowed eight runs, seven earned, on nine hits and two walks.
Jeremy Walker (6-4) pitched six innings and allowed one unearned run, striking out eight, for the Bulldogs.
The series finale is 2 p.m. Sunday.