Tigers, Cougars earn wins

Chase Pinder belted a three-run homer in the fourth inning and Seth Beer hit a grand slam in the fifth inning in Clemson’s 19-2 win over Maine at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Clemson (2-1) pounded out 22 hits against Maine (1-2), with every starter with at least one and 14 Tigers with a hit in all. Pinder went 2 for 3 with a homer, four RBIs and three runs, while Beer went 2 for 3 with his first career homer. Chris Williams and Weston Wilson added three hits apiece.

Clemson’s four-run fourth inning and seven-run fifth inning put the game out of reach.

In his first career game, freshman left-hander Jake Higginbotham (1-0) earned the win by tossing five effective innings. He yielded six hits, two runs and two walks with three strikeouts in the start.

Maine starter Jeff Gelinas (0-1) suffered the loss, as he gave up nine runs on 11 hits in four innings pitched.

The Tigers return to action Friday at home against James Madison in a three-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

Sophomore right-hander Hayden McCutcheon went six strong innings to lead College of Charleston past Nebraska at Patriots Points as the Cougars claimed a series win over Nebraska.

“I thought we did a very good job all weekend,” Cougars first-year coach Matt Heath said. “Our infield defense was superb and our approaches at the plate were great on Saturday and Sunday. We pitched well and our starters did a phenomenal job all weekend.”

McCutcheon (1-0), making his sixth career start and first of the season, allowed just two hits and struck out eight.

Nebraska (1-2) was just 1 for 10 with runners on base against McCutcheon.

The Cougars (2-1) were led at the plate by freshman Dupree Hart, who was 3 for 4 with four RBIs. Hart concluded his first weekend as a collegiate player 6 for 10 three doubles and six RBIs.

Logan McRae also collected a pair of hits, while Bradley Jones hit a two-run home run to get the Cougars on the board in the first inning.

College of Charleston is at crosstown rival Charleston Southern at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The Citadel was shut out by Virginia Tech in the last game of the series at Riley Park.

After earning a 4-2 win on Friday and a 5-4 win on Saturday to start the series, the Bulldogs (2-1) used a school-record 10 pitchers in the loss. Kyle Smith worked two innings of scoreless relief, allowing just two hits and fanning three. Nine of the 10 pitchers who took the field for The Citadel were making their collegiate debut. Morgan Foulks took the loss.

Kit Scheetz earned the win for the Hokies (1-2), going 62/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and one walk while striking out six.

Jacob Watcher, Mike Deese and Clay Martin collected hits — all singles — for the Bulldogs.

The Citadel returns to action on Tuesday when it makes its first road trip of the season to Rock Hill to take on Winthrop.

After the midweek matchup, the Bulldogs return home for a three-game homestand against Siena beginning Friday.

West Virginia’s B.J. Myers held Charleston Southern to five hits over eight innings to carry the Mountaineers to a win at Riley Park. The win also gave WVU a 2-1 edge in the series after CSU took Friday’s opener.

Myers (1-0) struck out five and held CSU to five singles and a lone walk. Blake Smith pitched a perfect ninth to pick up his first save.

West Virginia had 12 hits and added two insurance runs in the ninth on RBI doubles by Jimmy Galusky and Kyle Davis. The Mountaineers grabbed a 1-0 lead in the fifth on CSU starter Jon Piriz on an RBI single by Kyle Davis.

The Bucs ran into some hard luck, hitting into three double plays. Sly Edwards was 1 for 2 for the Bucs and reached base twice.

Piriz (0-1) held WVU to one earned run and six hits in 51/3 innings.

Charleston Southern hosts College of Charleston on Tuesday and Jacksonville on Wednesday. Both games are at 6 p.m. at CSU Ballpark.