Cougars pick up eighth straight win

MOUNT PLEASANT — College of Charleston cruised to its eighth straight victory, routing Georgia Southern, 11-0, at Patriots Point on Tuesday night.

Charleston (22-7) outhit GSU, 12-3, eclipsing double-digit hits for the fifth consecutive game, while the pitchers dominated the Eagles hitters to the tune of nine strikeouts against three hits — only one of which left the infield — and one walk.

Carl Wise went 4 for 5 with three doubles, two RBIs and three runs scored for the Cougars. Alex Pastorius went for multiple RBIs as well, with a two-run home run that ignited the Cougars in the first inning. Champ Rowland went 3 for 4 and scored twice in the affair.

Nathan Helvey (4-3) earned the win after going three innings with a predetermined pitch cap.

“It was a great effort for our club tonight,” said head coach Monte Lee. “I think our pitching was outstanding today. All four guys pitched exceptionally well for us. We only gave up one walk and punched out nine guys on strikes. From behind the plate, I think Erven Roper caught what was possibly the best game he’s caught all season. We got another shutout, so we pitched extremely well.

“We swung the bats well too. We jumped on them early and put pressure on them all game. It was just an overall, solid effort from our guys to get the midweek win and hopefully give us some momentum moving into the weekend.”

The Cougars seized the lead early, with Ryan Brown beating out a single to shortstop, and Pastorius homering down the left-field line with a 2-1 count as the second Cougar hitter of the game. Wise doubled to right center to continue the rally, and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Morgan Phillips.

The lead held at 3-0 as GSU starter Matt Geiger (1-4) settled in, but Wise led off the sixth inning with a double to left center, and from there seven different Eagle pitchers would come out of the bullpen, only two of whom managed to record more than one out before being chased.

Wise would tag up and score on a sacrifice fly by Nick Pappas in sixth, but the real damage was done in the seventh when the Cougars blew the game open with five runs on three hits and four walks. Rowland started the rally with a single to right, and Ryan Brown tripled down the right field line to score Rowland all the way from first. Pastorius walked; Wise singled; and Blake Butler walked to load the bases, and four wild pitches eventually equated to four more Cougars runs.

The College tacked two more on in the eighth, with Rowland and Pastorius boarding the bases on a single and walk, respectively, and scoring on a two-RBI double by Wise.

The Cougars return to Colonial Athletic Association play with a three-game series against Elon at Patriots Point. Game 1 is set for a 6 p.m. start on Friday.

COLUMBIA — South Carolina belted 14 hits on the way to an 11-1 victory over Appalachian State at Carolina Stadium. The game was called after seven innings and an hour delay due to severe weather in the Columbia area.

South Carolina (22-11) sent 12 batters to the plate to score six runs in the bottom half of the first inning against the Mountaineers (10-24). Gene Cone and Max Schrock both singled to open the frame followed by a two-run double from Kyle Martin. After Elliott Caldwell was hit by a pitch, and a sac bunt by Jordan Gore DC Arendas knocked in Martin with a sacrifice fly and Caldwell scored on Alex Destino’s two-out single. Hunter Taylor followed with a single before Marcus Mooney was hit by pitch to load the bases. Cone drew a walk in his second at bat of the frame, which brought home Destino and Taylor was able to score on a fielding error by the Appalachian State second baseman Dillon Dobson.

Mooney reached second base on a throwing error by the Mountaineers’ third baseman to lead off the bottom of the third and quickly scored on Cone’s RBI single.

The Gamecocks added four more runs in the fourth inning to take an 11-0 lead. Caldwell opened the frame with a walk and stole second and third. After Gore reached on an infield single and stole second, Arendas brought home Caldwell with a sacrifice fly to center. Gore advanced to third on Destino’s groundout and score on Taylor’s RBI single. Mooney followed with a single through the left side and another base hit off the bat of Gene Cone scored Taylor. A RBI double to left-center from Max Schrock brought home Mooney and gave the Gamecocks the 11 run advantage.

The Mountaineers pushed its only run across in the top of the seventh.

Sophomore right-hander Reed Scott (1-1) earned the win after hurling five scoreless innings. He allowed just four hits and three walks and striking out six batters. Freshman right-hander Canaan Cropper allowed one run on two hits and one walk in two innings of relief.

CLEMSON — Skyler Weber’s sacrifice fly in the ninth inning gave Georgia the lead for good in a win over Clemson at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Bulldogs improved to 19-15, while the Tigers fell to 16-16. The two teams will conclude the home-and-home season series in Athens on April 21.

Stephen Wrenn led off the game with a home run, then Chase Pinder tied the score with a solo homer in the second inning. With two outs in the sixth inning, pinch-hitter Robert Jolly doubled on an 0-2 pitch to score Chris Okey, giving Clemson (16-16) a 2-1 lead. Former Tiger Trevor Kieboom lined a two-out, run-scoring single in the eighth inning to tie the score before an error in the ninth inning allowed Georgia (19-15) to score an unearned run.

Bo Tucker (1-1) earned the win, as he allowed no hits, no runs and one walk with one strikeout in two innings pitched. Jared Cheek pitched a scoreless ninth inning to record his fifth save of the year. Taylor Vetzel (1-1) suffered the loss despite not allowing an earned run.

The Tigers return to Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Wednesday at 4 p.m. when they face Charleston Southern.

SAVANNAH — Two ninth-inning errors by Charleston Southern led to two unearned runs, giving Savannah State a comeback win.

CSU led 3-2 entering the bottom of the ninth, but reliever Denis Buckley’s throwing error on a sacrifice bunt attempt set up the decisive runs in scoring position for the Tigers. Buckley (0-2) retired the next two batters he faced, but a wild pitch knotted the score at 3.

The game appeared to be headed to extra innings when Buccaneers second baseman Ryan Maxsim mishandled a Hector Benitez ground ball, allowing Brian Miller to scamper home with the winning run.

CSU (12-18) scored three runs in the second inning and starter Dylan Lee worked into the ninth inning to put the Bucs in position to win. Lee, who did not factor into the decision, gave up eight hits, but had eight strikeouts and retired 11 consecutive batters at one point after a choppy start.

The Bucs had six hits in the game, three during the three-run second inning. Chase Shelton tripled into the right-field corner to score the Bucs’ first two runs and Sam Remick added a sacrifice fly as CSU took an early 3-1 lead. Kevin Hickey and Brian Dye both had hits in the innings to get the CSU offense going.

Savannah State’s Harrison Moore was 3 for 4 with two runs scored.

Shelton was 1 for 3 with two RBI for the Bucs.