CLEMSON — Reed Rohlman scored from third base after an error in the 11th inning to give Clemson a 5-4 walk-off win over North Carolina on Saturday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
The Tigers, who took 2-0 lead in the series, improved to 16-14 overall and 7-7 in the ACC. The Tar Heels dropped to 17-13 overall and 6-8 in ACC play. It marks Clemson’s first series win over North Carolina since 2005.
After North Carolina scored two runs on a fielder’s choice in the top of the 11th inning to take a 4-2 lead, Steven Duggar drew a 10-pitch walk and Tyler Krieger drew a nine-pitch walk with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning. Rohlman followed with another walk to load the bases, then Duggar scored on a wild pitch. After Chris Okey was intentionally walked to reload the bases, Eli White hit a grounder to short, as Krieger scored the tying run on the throw to first. Adrian Chacon muffed the low throw, the ball went down the right-field line, and Rohlman scored the game-winning run.
Pat Krall (1-1) earned his first win as a Tiger. Starter Zack Erwin pitched 9.0 innings, allowing nine hits, two runs (one earned) and no walks with 11 strikeouts as well. Trent Thornton (1-3) suffered the loss.
The series concludes Sunday at 1 p.m. Sunday.
MOUNT PLEASANT — College of Charleston secured its third straight Colonial Athletic Association series win with victory over Hofstra on Saturday in game two of the three-game series at Patriots Point.
Charleston (20-7, 8-0 CAA) has now won six straight games and 10 of its last 11, and remains the only undefeated team in CAA play this season.
Brandon Glazer (6-0, 3.09 ERA on the year) earned his fifth win in his last six appearances, offering a quality start in which he went 6.0 innings and held the Pride to one run on six hits while striking out five and preventing a walk. Nathan Helvey came on in the seventh, and only gave up one hit in 3.0 scoreless innings to earn his first career save.
The Cougar bats registered 10 or more hits for the third consecutive game and fifth time in six games, with Blake Butler, Erven Roper and Champ Rowland all going 2-for-4. Butler led the Cougars with three RBIs, while sophomore Bradley Jones homered for the third consecutive game.
“One of the big keys was once again scoring five runs in the first couple innings to give us a big start,” said head coach Monte Lee. “We threw the ball exceptionally well; Glazer gave us a quality start with only one earned run and no walks. He pounded the strike zone, and Helvey was great out of the bullpen. So our pitching was exceptional.
“We swung the bats fairly well. We scored five in the first two innings; Jones hit another big home run. We scored six runs on 10 hits so offensively we were effective; we threw the ball well, and we played well defensively. It was a good overall, sound game from our ball club, and we’ll look to keep playing well in the final game of the series Sunday.”
Hofstra managed its first run of the series on two hits in the top of the first, but their share of the lead would be short-lived. Charleston took the run back in the bottom half, after Ryan Brown worked a leadoff walk and came around to score on back-to-back singles to center by Carl Wise and Butler.
The Cougars then mounted a four-run rally in the second to take a 5-1 lead, and never looked back the rest of the ballgame. Jones was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, followed by a Rowland single and a Brown base on balls to load the bases. Alex Pastorius drew an RBI walk, and a sacrifice fly by Wise plated another run. Butler then singled to center to plate two more, giving the Cougars a 5-1 lead.
The lead was sufficient for Glazer and Helvey, who worked diligently through the Hofstra lineup and never allowed multiple runners to be on base in any of the remaining innings.
Jones jumped on the first pitch he saw with two outs in the eighth, lacing it clear over the wall down the left field line for his third long ball in as many games and fifth on the season.
The Cougars will look to cap their third CAA series sweep in game three on Sunday, with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. The Cougars will look to lefty Wade Arduini (0-1, 5.32 ERA), who will deal versus Hofstra’s righty Bowie Matteson (1-0, 4.21 ERA).
Mercer scored six times in the second, Trey Truitt hit a grand slam in the third and four pitchers combined on a shutout over The Citadel in the rubber game of their Southern Conference series Saturday at Riley Park.
The Bears (20-13, 7-2 SoCon) bounced back from being no-hit by James Reeves on Thursday to take the final two games of the series. The Bulldogs dropped to 15-15 overall and 1-5 in the conference.
The Bears had five hits and also used two walks and a hit by pitch in the second to break the game open early. Thomas Byelick started for the Bulldogs and took the loss after being charged with three runs in 1 2/3 innings.
Ryan Askew went the first six innings for Mercer and scattered seven hits, struck out six and did not walk a batter to up his record to 4-3 on the year. Three relief pitchers each threw a shutout inning and combined for four more strikeouts.
The Citadel managed nine hits, including two by Austin Mapes and Connor Walsh, but Mercer turned two double plays to end potential Bulldog threats. Kevin Connell turned in 2 2/3 innings of two-hit, shutout relief with three strikeouts, and Zach Lavery worked a perfect sixth with a punch out.
The Bears added four runs in the seventh, and Danny Edgeworth put on the finishing touches in the eighth with a three-run homer.
Liberty closer Ashton Perritt held Charleston Southern scoreless over final 2 2/3 innings and worked out of a ninth-inning jam to give the Flames a win over the Buccaneers on Saturday at CSU Ballpark.
Perritt got CSU’s Jack Crittenberger to pop out on the infield for the game’s final out, stranding the tying run in the Bucs’ final at-bat. Starter Victor Cole (3-1) scattered five hits and walked three in 6.1 innings to pick up the win.
Liberty (21-10, 7-2 Big South) sweeps the weekend series from CSU (12-17, 3-6) with the win.
Liberty grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second on a solo home run by Becker Sankey, his ninth of the season.
The Flames scored the game’s final run as Andrew Yacyk doubled home Dalton Britt to push the lead to 2-1 in the fourth inning. Yacyk was 2-for-3 with two doubles and a walk.
CSU’s lone run came in the third when Brandon Burris singled home Sly Edwards. Edwards reached on a throwing error by Flames’ third baseman Jake Kimble to set up the unearned run.
Reliever Denis Buckley worked the final 3.1 innings for the Bucs. He walked two and allowed two hits, but held Liberty scoreless.
Starter Kyle McDorman (1-4) had three strikeouts and gave up two earned runs on five hits in 5.2 innings of work for the Bucs.
Perritt added a 2-for-5 day at the plate for Liberty.
CSU plays twice during the midweek. The Bucs travel to Savannah State on Tuesday ahead of a makeup game at Clemson on Wednesday.
STARKVILLE, MISS. — All nine Gamecock starters tallied at least one hit as 13th ranked South Carolina belted out 15 hits for afternoon on the way to a victory over Mississippi State on Saturday.
Max Schrock had a career-high in hits going 5-for-6 with a pair of RBIs and two runs scored. Gamecock freshman right-hander Brandon Murray went 5.2 innings to pick up a win in relief. He is now 4-0 on the year. He allowed two runs on four hits with a walk and a strikeout. MSU starter Vance Tatum suffered the loss and is 1-1 on the year. He allowed four runs on five hits in 1.1 innings.
South Carolina (21-11, 6-6 SEC) went ahead 1-0 in the top of the first inning. The Gamecocks loaded the bases with no outs as Gene Cone led off with a single up the middle, Max Schrock singled to right field and Kyle Martin walked. Elliott Caldwell would drive in Cone with a sac fly to left field.
MSU (21-13, 5-7) scored two in the bottom half of the first to take a one-run lead. However, Murray limited the damage as he came on with the bases loaded and one out and induced Ryan Gridley into a 6-4-3 double play to limit the Bulldogs.
South Carolina answered and sent eight batters to the plate in the second inning and scored four runs to take a 5-2 lead and knock MSU starter Vance Tatum from the game in the process. Madison Stokes singled to left field and Logan Koch doubled with one out to center to get things started for the Gamecocks. Marcus Mooney would belt the first pitch he saw from Tatum for a double down the left-field line to score both runners. With two outs and runners on second and third base, Kyle Martin poked a single into left-center scoring Mooney and Cone.
Carolina extended the lead to 6-2 in the third inning as Bright led off with a single, advanced to second on a wild pitch and made his way to third on Stokes’ base hit up the middle. Bright would score on DC Arendas’ sacrifice fly to right field.
Max Schrock launched a two-run homer to increase the advantage to six runs in the fourth inning. After Cone was hit by a 2-2 pitch, Schrock hammered a 0-1 delivery from Ross Mitchell for his fourth homer of the year to give Carolina an 8-2 lead.
After a scoreless fifth inning, the Gamecocks would scratch across a run in the sixth. Cone walked with one out, advanced to third on Schrock’s single to right field and scored on Kyle Martin’s RBI groundout to give Carolina a seven-run cushion.
After a pair of MSU runs in the bottom of the seventh, Carolina batted around in the eighth to score four runs and take a 13-4 lead. Caldwell drove in a run with the bases loaded and Bright was hit by a pitch to score a run. Arendas drove in a pair with a two-out, two-run single. MSU would score three runs in the bottom of the ninth.
Carolina’s 15-hit day featured two hits from Caldwell and two hits from Stokes in addition to Schrock’s five hits. Martin and Arendas drove in three runs with Schrock, Mooney and Caldwell with two apiece also. MSU was led by Seth Heck, who went 3-for-4 at the plate.