Six-run outburst sparks Cougs past UC Santa Barbara

College of Charleston used a six-run fifth inning to pull away from No. 12 UC Santa Barbara en route to a 10-3 victory on Saturday at Patriots Point.

Bradley Jones was 2 for 4 with four RBIs, including a three-run homer in the pivotal fifth frame. Jones also doubled home a run in the seventh.

Charleston starter Bailey Ober (3-1) tossed 61/3 innings, allowing three runs on six hits and struck out six. Will Detwiler, Justin Baker and Michael Carpin combined to pitch 22/3 scoreless innings in relief.

The Cougars (21-10) have now defeated five ranked teams on the season, with previous wins over No. 10 Florida State, No. 2 South Carolina and a pair of victories over No. 18/21 Coastal Carolina.

— Chris Okey belted a two-out triple on an 0-2 pitch in the ninth inning to score two runs, giving Clemson (23-8, 8-6 ACC) a come-from-behind win over Duke (16-15, 5-9) at Jack Coombs Field.

Duke scored two runs in the second inning, then Clemson cut the lead in half in the fifth inning on Reed Rohlman’s two-out, run-scoring single. With two outs and the bases empty in the ninth inning, Chase Pinder reached on a throwing error. After Jordan Greene walked, Okey laced an 0-2 pitch to deep right-center, just out of the reach of Evan Dougherty, to score the tying and go-ahead runs. Seth Beer went 0 for 3 with two walks as his 26-game hitting streak came to an end.

— South Carolina (27-5, 9-2 SEC) broke a 4-4 tie with a pair of runs in the sixth inning and added an insurance run in the eighth as freshman right-hander Braden Webb struck out 10 batters in 71/3 innings in the Gamecocks’ victory over Tennessee (18-13, 3-8).

Webb (7-1) allowed four runs on seven hits with two walks. Junior right-hander Reed Scott pitched 12/3 scoreless innings of relief to earn his first save of the year.

– Sophomore Daniel Johnson held Liberty to two hits through seven innings and Wil Hartsell earned his first save as Charleston Southern (13-18, 2-6 Big South) beat Liberty (18-15, 4-4).

Johnson (4-3) struck out six and pitched around four walks, allowing only three singles in seven innings of work.

Mike Deese had a stellar day at the plate, going 4 for 5 with two triples and two singles as The Citadel held off UNC Greensboro at Riley Park.

The senior drove in three of the Bulldogs’ seven runs.

Sophomore William Kinney gave the Dogs (13-19, 3-2 SoCon) the lead for good in the second inning with his first homer of the season, while freshman Ben Peden homered in the fourth inning, driving in three runs.