COLUMBIA — South Carolina survived a four-run rally in the seventh inning, a bases-loaded threat in the eighth and a two-on, two-out situation in the ninth to hang on and defeat Tennessee, 7-6, on Friday night at Founders Park.
With runners at the corners in the ninth inning, Gamecocks left fielder Dom Thompson-Williams tracked down a deep fly ball and made the catch to end the game.
LT Tolbert drove in three runs to lead USC (26-5, 8-2 SEC).
UC Santa Barbara (21-6) topped host College of Charleston behind a complete-game performance from right-hander Shane Bieber.
Bieber (6-1) struck out eight and walked none en route to his first complete game of the season. He retired 14 consecutive batters to end the game.
The Cougars (20-10) scored four runs — all driven in by sophomore Tommy Richter. The Wayne, Pa., native gave CofC the lead on a three-run homer in the third. It was the first home run of his career. He then drove in the team’s final run on a groundout in the fifth. Richter finished the game with two hits.
Behind 11 singles, one double and three crucial double plays on defense, Duke defeated Clemson at Jack Coombs Field.
Clemson (22-8, 7-6 ACC) took a 2-0 lead in the second inning due in large part to Weston Wilson’s run-scoring triple. But the Blue Devils scored two runs in the third inning and single runs in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings.
The Tigers’ Seth Beer went 2 for 4 to extend his hitting streak to 26 games, tied for fourth longest in school history.
Liberty scored in five consecutive innings to erase an early Charleston Southern lead and grab a win in the Big South series opener at Liberty Stadium.
The Buccaneers led, 2-0, after scoring a pair of runs in the top half of the third, but the Flames chipped away at the lead with a run in both the third and the fourth, eventually pulling away with five runs in the seventh.
CSU (12-18, 1-6) grabbed a 2-0 lead in the third on RBI singles by Mike Sconzo and Kevin Hickey.
Mike Deese went 2 for 3 while Clay Martin, Shy Phillips, William Kinney and Steven Hansen each had a hit in a losing efforst as The Citadel fell to UNC Greensboro at Riley Park.
Jacob Watcher scored the lone run for the Bulldogs (12-19, 2-2 SoCon).
, and Phillips recorded his second double in as many games.