The Citadel finished off its most explosive offensive weekend of the season with an 18-hit attack in a 15-5 victory over East Tennessee State that gave the Bulldogs a sweep of their Southern Conference series at Riley Park.
The Bulldogs (23-26, 8-13 SoCon) won for the fifth time in their past six games and slammed two more home runs, giving them 10 in the series after posting only 25 over the first 46 games of the year. The Citadel scored 36 runs and knocked out 40 hits in the three games against the Buccaneers (19-32, 6-15).
Connor Walsh, Drew Ellis and Bailey Rush each drove in three runs, and Austin Mapes and Johnathan Stokes had three hits to pace The Citadel at the plate. Meanwhile, freshman Thomas Byelick earned the first SoCon win of his career, limiting ETSU to two hits and three runs (two earned) in 5 1/3 innings.
Walsh had five hits including three home runs in the series, scored seven runs and drove in nine while increasing his team-leading RBI total to 52. Ellis capped a decisive five-run third with a bases-loaded triple, and Rush connected for his second home run of the year, a pinch hit drive off the batter’s eye in center that was part of a five-run eighth.
The Citadel plays its final non-conference game of the regular season when Presbyterian visits Riley Park on Tuesday at 5 p.m. The Bulldogs wrap up SoCon action with a three-game series at Furman which begins on Thursday at 6 p.m.
COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS — Kyle Martin homered and drove in four runs and South Carolina belted out 12 hits in the rubber game of a three-game SEC series at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.
The Gamecocks improved to 30-22 and 12-15 in the SEC with the Aggies now 42-9 and 17-9.
Gamecocks left-hander Josh Reagan (2-2) earned the win in relief. Freshman right-hander Brandon Murray picked up his second save of the year.
Martin gave the Gamecocks a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning with a three-run homer, his third homer of the series and 14th of the year.
A four-run fifth inning for Carolina extended the lead to 7-2.
Texas A&M used back-to-back two-out homers to cut the margin to 8-6 to a pair of runs in the sixth inning.
With Carolina leading 8-7 in the 9th, Texas A&M looked to rally one more time, but Murray closed out the game and the series.
CLEMSON — Ryan Cleveland’s two-out single in the seventh inning scored Kody Adams for the go-ahead run in Georgia Southern’s win at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, snapping Clemson’s 11-game winning streak in the series at home. The Tigers, who won the series 2-1, fell to 27-25.
Clemson plays its final non-conference game of the regular season when it faces Furman at Fluor Field in Greenville on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
RADFORD, VA. — Radford scored five runs in the first three innings to build an early lead and held off the Bucs in the teams’ Big South series finale.
Radford (36-14, 17-4 Big South) scored in each of its first three at-bats to build a 5-1 lead off of CSU starter Kyle McDorman (L, 1-6).
CSU (22-25, 9-12) got a run back on a one-out double by Nate Blanchard and an RBI single from Brian Dye. Dye’s CSU season-best hitting streak reached 18 games.