Cougars roll; Jones powers USC

— College of Charleston pounded out 12 hits, including five extra base hits, to down Nebraska, 13-5, on Saturday at Patriots Point.

It was the first career win for head coach Matt Heath and also marked the return of right-handed ace Bailey Ober.

Ober tossed 41/3 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits. He struck out three and walked four.

Junior first baseman Bradley Jones doubled twice and drove home four runs, while catcher Erven Roper was 2 for 4 with three RBIs and a solo home run in the sixth inning.

Freshman Dupree Hart was 3 for 4 in the game and now has four hits through his first two career games.

“I thought our lineup did an outstanding job of coming back after being shut out last night,” Heath said. “I really like what they did early in the game; it shows the toughness of this team.”

Bradley Jones doubled home a pair of runs in both the first and second innings. The hot start helped give C of C enough cushion to sustain a Cornhuskers rally. Jones finished 2 for 4 with a walk and a pair of runs scored.

— John Jones went 3 for 4 with a homer and three RBIs and Chris Cullen added three hits, including a pair of two-out singles, as South Carolina defeated Albany at Founders Park.

Freshman right-hander Braden Webb earned the win after going five innings and allowing two runs on one hit with five strikeouts and three walks. Junior left-hander Josh Reagan earned his first career save with 12/3 perfect innings of relief. He struck out four batters.

Jones’ solo home run to left field put the Gamecocks on the board in the second inning as he crushed the first pitch he saw for his first career homer.

South Carolina manufactured a run in the third to take a two-run lead. Cullen led off with a base hit, his first career hit in the Gamecocks uniform. With one out and Cullen on third base, Marcus Mooney set down a perfect suicide squeeze to give the Gamecocks a 2-0 advantage.

Albany tied the game in the top of the fourth, but the Gamecocks regained the lead with a run in the bottom of the fourth. Cullen connected with a two-out single to left field to score Jonah Bride. Cullen would come through again with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, as his third single of the day scored Jones for a 4-2 lead.

West Virginia’s Ross Vance pitched five scoreless innings and the Mountaineers scored four runs in the fourth inning to hand Charleston Southern its first loss of the season.

Vance held the Buccaneers (1-1) to four hits to combine with two relievers for the shutout. The Bucs put runners on throughout against WVU, but couldn’t convert with runners in scoring position and hit into two double plays.

Bryan Dye was 2 for 3 with a pair of singles to lead CSU. Reliever Evan Nations pitched 21/3 scoreless innings in relief in his first action since 2014.

The final game of the series is set for 10 a.m. Sunday at Riley Park.

The Citadel clinched its season-opening series and earned head coach Fred Jordan his 800th career win with a victory over Virginia Tech at Riley Park.

Jordan became the first coach in Southern Conference history and one of 27 active Division I coaches with 800 career wins.

Senior Zach Lavery fanned the Hokies’ four and five batters with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth to earn his second save of the season.

Philip Watcher was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and put the Bulldogs (2-0) ahead for good in the seventh inning after smoking a one-out double into right-center field. Stephen Windham was 2 for 4 and scored a run.

The Bulldogs will go for the series sweep Sunday at 1 p.m. with freshman Morgan Foulks taking the mound for his first collegiate start.