Gamecocks edged by Vanderbilt; C of C wins

No. 7 South Carolina broke out to a 4-1 lead in the fifth inning, but then No. 6 Vanderbilt struck for five runs in the bottom half of the frame and added four more runs in the sixth and seventh on the way to a 10-6 victory to claim the three-game series.

South Carolina remains in first place in the SEC with a 24-5 overall record and a 7-2 league mark. Vanderbilt is now 23-5 and 6-3 in the SEC.

Vanderbilt reliever Matt Ruppenthal earned the win in relief allowing two runs on three hits in 21/3 innings to improve to 2-1 on the year. Ben Bowden picked up his fourth save of the season with 21/3 scoreless innings of relief. Gamecocks reliever Tyler Johnson suffered the loss and is now 0-1 for the season.

Jake Maziar was 3 for 5 with three RBIs as the College of Charleston won at Latham Park in Colonial Athletic Association action.

Charleston (19-8, 4-1 CAA) batters were walked 13 times in the game, two shy of the school record of 15 set in 2002 The Cougars entered the weekend leading the CAA in walks and ranked 12th in the NCAA. Elon used 10 pitchers in the game including four in the seventh inning alone.

Carter Love (2-1) pitched 21/3 scoreless innings in relief to earn the win. Bailey Ober got the start and tossed 42/3 innings allowing an unearned run on four hits while striking out four.

Charles LeBlanc and Alex Kowalczyk combined for six hits and 10 RBIs to lead Pittsburgh’s 18-hit attack in its victory over Clemson at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

The Panthers improved to 13-10 overall and 5-6 in the ACC. The Tigers’ 13-game home winning streak came to an end as they fell to 20-7 overall and 6-5 in ACC play.

Pittsburgh starter T.J. Zeuch (2-0) earned the win by allowing six hits, five runs and three walks with six strikeouts in six innings pitched. Yasin Chentouf pitched the final three innings to record his second save of the season.

Clemson’s Charlie Barnes (2-3) suffered the loss, as he surrendered eight runs (seven earned) on 10 hits in four innings pitched.

The Citadel was held to just two hits as the Bulldogs dropped the second game of the series to Stetson (14-13).

Jacob Watcher recorded the first hit in the game for the Bulldogs (12-16) in the top of the third with two outs, knocking a single to left field and then advancing to third after the left fielder misplayed it, but Watcher was stranded there. Clay Martin recorded the only other hit for The Citadel.

Thomas Byelick went six innings in his seventh start this season and struck out five. Bret Hines had five assists in the game, including a spectacular diving stop on a line drive down the third base line in the seventh inning, throwing the runner out at first from his knees.

Longwood scored four unearned runs in the sixth inning to beat Charleston Southern in its Big South series opener at CSU Ballpark.

A two-out, two-run double by Drew Kitson sparked the Lancers’ decisive inning after a CSU error. Longwood starter Travis Burnette worked 62/3 innings and struck out four to pick up the win.

The loss spoiled a solid start by Evan Raynor (4-2). He struck out eight in 62/3, giving up the four unearned runs. Longwood had only five hits off of Raynor.