Destino powers unbeaten USC

COLUMBIA — Alex Destino homered twice, including his second career grand slam, and John Jones added a grand slam as undefeated South Carolina routed Penn State at Founders Park.

Destino went 3 for 6 with two runs and a career-high seven RBIs for the Gamecocks (7-0). Danny Blair went 3 for 5 and Jonah Bride, L.T. Tolbert, DC Arendas and Marcus Mooney added two hits also. Jones, whose homer was his third of the season, walked four times and scored three runs. His four RBIs gave him 17 for the season.

Freshmen right-hander Braden Webb (2-0) allowed two runs, both unearned, on three hits with two walks and five strikeouts in five innings.

Sal Biasi (1-1) allowed six runs on seven hits in 21/3 innings with three walks and two strikeouts for Penn State (2-4).

The Gamecocks took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a three-run blast by Destino.

USC broke open the game with a seven-run third inning to make it 10-2, highlighted by Destino’s grand slam.

South Carolina’s 18 hits were a season high, while the 16 runs scored tied the season high set on Wednesday against Winthrop.

The teams conclude their series Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Founders Park.

No. 16 Florida State 8, Coll. of Charleston 3

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. — No. 16 Florida State used 12 hits and took advantage of three College of Charleston errors to claim an 8-3 victory and even the three-game series at a game apiece.

The Seminoles struck for four runs on four hits in the third inning off Cougars starter Bailey Ober. Cal Raliegh’s two-run single gave the Seminoles a 3-0 lead and ignited the crowd. Dylan Busby later singled home another run to give FSU a 4-0 advantage.

Ober, a sophomore, lasted just three innings, allowing four runs on five hits.

Ryan Brown got the Cougars on the board in the fifth inning with an RBI single. College of Charleston pulled to within 5-2 in the sixth inning on a solo home run by Bradley Jones, his second of the season. That would be as close as the Cougars would come, however.

“We disn’t play as well as we have been,” Cougars coach Matt Heath said. “We missed too many routine plays and they got too many base runners. Offensively, we’ve go to do a better job with our at-bats.”

Florida State added a run in the sixth and two more in the seventh to pull away.

College of Charleston and Florida State will play the series finale on Sunday at 1 p.m.

CLEMSON — Clate Schmidt tossed seven scoreless innings and Chris Okey went 2 for 4 with a home run and five RBIs to lead Clemson to a 10-1 win over James Madison at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers took a 2-0 series lead against the Dukes (2-4).

In the best start of his career, Schmidt (2-0) allowed just three hits (all singles), no runs and three walks with four strikeouts to earn the win for the Tigers (4-1). The senior righthander threw just 82 pitches (56 strikes), including only 45 in the first five innings.

Duke starter Colton Harlow (0-1) suffered the loss, as he gave up seven runs on six hits in three innings pitched.

The Tigers erupted for five runs in the second inning on four straight run-scoring singles by Chase Pinder, Eli White, Reed Rohlman and Okey. Two innings later, Okey belted a three-run home run, his second lof the year, down the left-field line. The five RBIs tied a career high for Okey.

The Tigers and Dukes play the third and final game of the series on Sunday at 1 p.m., at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

Jason Smith’s walk-off RBI single in the ninth capped a three-run rally over the final two innings for The Citadel in a win over Siena.

Philip Watcher got things started for the Bulldogs (4-1) in the ninth with a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by William Kinney. That would bring up Jacob Watcher, who singled to right and advanced to second on an errant throw by the right fielder. Philip Watcher advanced to third on the same play and then scampered home for the tying run after the throwing error. Smith followed with a single down the right-field line to score Jacob Watcher from second base.

Smith finished 2 for 3, while Mike Deese had three hits. Drew Ellis had a sacrifice fly for the Bulldogs’ first run in the eighth.

Thomas Byelick pitched a career-high eight innings for The Citadel, allowing just two runs and striking out four with two walks. Zach Lavery (1-0) picked up the win for the Bulldogs with a scoreless inning of relief.

The Citadel will try for the sweep against Siena (0-7) at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Charleston Southern’s bullpen retired 11 straight batters and the Buccaneers rallied from a one-run deficit for a win over Butler at Riley Park.

CSU (3-2) trailed 3-2 in the fifth, but reliever Cody Smith came on to retire all nine batters he faced and Alex Ministeri sat down the first two Bulldogs in the ninth to give CSU its second win in the series in as many games.

Daniel Johnson (1-1) picked up his first career win, working five innings while striking out four and giving up three earned runs. The sophomore got some run support as well as the Bucs scored in five different innings.

Cole Murphy had a one-out double deep into the gap to tie the game at 3 in the fifth after Butler had put three runs up in the top of the inning. CSU would keep piecing runs together.

Jack Crittenberger scored in his next two at-bats. Sly Edwards had an RBI triple in the sixth and Bryan Dye added an RBI single as the Bucs pulled away.

CSU also got a sacrifice fly from Chris Singleton in the first inning. Nate Blanchard, Edwards and Dye all had two hits for the Bucs.

Butler starter Danny Pobereyko (0-2) worked 41/3 innings and gave up four earned runs. Cole Mallory led Butler with two hits and scored a run.

The teams meet in the series finale on Sunday at 10 a.m. at Riley Park.