Cougars claim sixth straight series

MOUNT PLEASANT — College of Charleston rallied from behind and erased an early five-run deficit to take down Furman, 10-8, to secure a sixth-straight series victory Saturday at Patriots Point.

Charleston (31-9) fell into an inauspicious 5-0 hole after the first two innings, but clawed away over the fourth and fifth innings before plating five runs in the sixth to seize the lead. The Paladins threatened late, but the Cougars held on to win their 17th game in 19 tries.

Brandon Glazer (8-1) earned the win after a quality start of 7.0 innings with just two earned runs against him and three strikeouts. Carter Love earned his second save of the season by preserving the Cougar lead over the eighth and ninth frames. Charleston was plagued by three uncharacteristic fielding errors, which resulted in five unearned runs for the Paladins.

Offensively, the Cougars plated 10 runs on 14 hits, their ninth straight game with 10 or more hits and 15th in 16 outings. Every Cougar in the starting lineup recorded a hit on the day.

Bradley Jones went 3-for-5 with three RBIs, and was a home run short of the cycle as one of three Cougars to hit a triple in the game. Nick Pappas and Morgan Phillips also recorded multiple RBIs in the affair.

The Paladins scored five runs on six hits across the first two innings while benefitting from two Cougar errors. Glazer and his defense settled in from there, as the Cougars held the Paladins scoreless on four hits over Glazer’s remaining five innings.

The Cougars inserted themselves into the game in the fourth, as Blake Butler and Pappas boarded the bases on singles, and Jones delivered them to the plate with a two-out, two-RBI triple to the wall in right center.

Charleston plated another run in the fifth, as Ryan Brown doubled to right-center and scored on a triple by Carl Wise, cutting the Furman lead to 5-3.

The Cougars mounted a big inning in the sixth, scoring five runs on six hits to move out in front. The inning began with a single by Pappas, triple by Phillips, double by Jones, single by Erven Roper and an RBI-bunt single by Champ Rowland on a squeeze play, plating three runs before recording an out. The Paladins committed two run-scoring balks in the inning, and an RBI sacrifice fly to center by Phillips gave the Cougars an 8-5 lead.

Furman went to its closer to keep the deficit at three runs in the eighth, but the College added two more insurance runs on walks to Alex Pastorius and Pappas, as well as RBI singles by Phillips and Jones.

The runs proved critical, as Furman crossed three in the top of the ninth inning and threatened heavily with the tying run on base, but Love bore down and forced a game-ending flyout.

“After being down five runs, Brandon Glazer really did a nice job and kept them off the board for five innings,” said head coach Monte Lee. “He was able to stay out there and find a way to win the ball game, which is a really good sign.

“We just chipped away, and then we rallied for the big inning to go ahead. We had to hold on at the end, but I am proud of my guys for finding a way to win. I thought it was big that they brought in their closer to stay in the ballgame, and we were able to score two runs in the bottom of the eighth and that was difference. We held on, and found a way to win the series after going down five runs. This is a big day for us, and hopefully gives us some more momentum moving forward.”

Game three of the series is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sunday at Patriots Point, The Cougars will hand the ball to lefty Wade Arduini, who will go against Furman starter Will Gaddis.

Jordan Rodgers’ RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted Tennessee to a 4-3 walkoff victory over South Carolina on Saturday at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The Gamecocks drop to 26-18 and 9-11 in the SEC with Tennessee 17-21 and 6-14 in league play.

Tennessee (17-21, 6-14 SEC) reliever Andrew Lee (2-0) earned a win with two scoreless innings of relief. Reed Scott (1-3) suffered the loss for the Gamecocks (26-18, 9-11). Scott allowed one run on two hits in 1.1 innings.

Tied 3-3, the Volunteers struck in the bottom of the ninth. A.J. Simcox singled and Christin Stewart knocked a base hit to center to give Tennessee runners on the corners with no outs. After an intentional walk to Lee loaded the bases, Jordan Rodgers knocked a 1-2 pitch into right field for a base hit to score Simcox and end the game.

Simcox and Stewart both had two hits to lead Tennessee at the plate. Gene Cone was 2-for-5 to lead the Gamecocks.

Elliott Caldwell gave the Gamecocks a 1-0 lead with a RBI single in the top of the first inning. DC Arendas drew a one-out walk and scored as Caldwell drilled the first pitch he saw from Bret Marks into center field for a base hit.

South Carolina extended it to 2-0 in the second inning on Jordan Gore’s solo homer, his first home run of the season. Gore turned on the first pitch he saw from Marks and knocked it over the wall in right field.

Tennessee tied it at 2-2 in the bottom of the second. The Volunteers took advantage of two hit by pitches against Johnny Youngblood and Benito Santiago to tie the game. Nick Senzel’s one-out RBI groundout scored Youngblood, and A.J. Simcox poked a 1-2 pitch into right field with two outs for a base hit to score Santiago.

South Carolina regained the lead in the fifth inning on Kyle Martin’s solo homer. Martin launched a 0-1 pitch to right-center for his team-leading ninth homer of the year to give the Gamecocks a 3-2 advantage. Tennessee would tie it in the sixth inning on a two-out RBI single off the bat of Senzel.

Eli White hit two of Clemson’s three home runs in the Tigers’ victory over Georgia Tech at Russ Chandler Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers, who evened the series 1-1 and became the ninth Division I program to reach the 2,700-win mark, improved to 23-20 overall and 12-10 in the ACC. The Yellow Jackets fell to 25-17 overall and 10-13 in ACC play.

White’s first long ball, a two-run shot, gave Clemson a 2-1 lead in the third inning, then Tyler Krieger hit a solo homer later in the frame. White, a sophomore who entered the game with one career home run, belted a solo homer in the fifth inning. White added a triple in the top of the seventh inning and scored on Steven Duggar’s sacrifice fly.

After the Yellow Jackets scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to cut Clemson’s lead to 5-3, Duggar belted a two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning, then White scored on a wild pitch. Clemson added three insurance runs in the ninth inning.

Starter Zack Erwin (4-3) earned the win by pitching 7.0 effective innings. He gave up seven hits, three runs and one walk with seven strikeouts. Cole Pitts (0-5) suffered the loss, as the starter allowed four runs on four hits in 4.1 innings pitched.

Citadel-VMI

Saturday’s game between The Citadel and VMI was rained out. The teams will wrap up their Southern Conference series with a doubleheader at Riley Park on Sunday beginning at 11 a.m.

Saturday’s Charleston Southern-Winthrop baseball game was postponed due rain. The teams will play a doubleheader on Sunday at 1 p.m. at CSU Ballpark.