Wofford edges Citadel; UNCA tops CSU

— After battling back from four runs down to take the lead, The Citadel lost the second game of the series to Wofford on Saturday afternoon, 10-9.

The Bulldogs (13-22, 3-5 SoCon) jumped on top early, scoring three runs off of two walks and a hit by pitch in the top of the first inning. Wofford (20-17, 4-7) answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame on a double to right field, but Thomas Byelick fanned the last two batters of the inning to end the Terriers’ scoring threat.

The Terriers took their first lead of the game in the third inning, tacking on five runs, and then added another run in the fourth to make it 8-4.

The Citadel responded with two runs of its own in the fifth inning to cut the Wofford lead to just two and then added two more runs in the seventh on a two-out double to the right field wall by Jacob Watcher that tied the score at 8.

The Citadel recaptured the lead in the eighth inning on a double off the left-field wall by Steven Hansen with two outs for a 9-8 lead.

Steven Hansen and Bret Hines each had three hits, two RBIs and one run scored, and Jason Smith finished 2 for 4. Watcher also finished with two RBIs.

Asheville’s Joe Tietjen singled in Pete Guy with two outs in the top of the 10th inning, and UNC Asheville took advantage of a controversial double play in the bottom of the frame to post a win over Charleston Southern at CSU Ballpark.

Nate Blanchard led off the Buccaneers’ half of the 10th with his fourth hit of the game to put the tying run on base. Brandon Burris bunted in front of the plate and did not initially run, thinking the ball had hit him while still in the batter’s box. The ball was ruled fair and the Bulldogs were able to turn a double play. UNCA wrapped up the win when Eric Whitecavage struck out Sly Edwards.

The Bucs (14-21, 2-9 Big South) had trailed, 7-2, before rallying with four runs in the fourth.

Clemson totaled 11 hits and four walks, but Louisville limited the Tigers to two runs, due in large part to four double plays by its defense and clutch pitching in its victory at Jim Patterson Stadium.

The Tigers (24-11, 8-9 ACC) took a 1-0 lead on Chris Okey’s run-scoring single in the top of the third inning, but the Cardinals (28-7, 12-5) responded with two runs in the bottom of the third, set up by two bunt singles and an error. Louisville added two runs in the fifth inning before Clemson scored again in the top of the seventh. Hofstra 3, C of C 1

College of Charleston suffered its third straight loss as Hofstra used a complete game from John Rooney to top the Cougars at University Field.

C of C (21-13-1, 5-3 CAA) was limited to just four hits and could only muster one after the third inning. The lone run for the Cougars came in the second when Jake Maziar tripled with one out and scored one batter later on a sacrifice fly by Alex Pastorius.

Third baseman Bradley Dixon finished with two hits.

— Georgia struck for eight runs in the bottom of third inning and tallied 19 hits on the way to a win over South Carolina (29-7, 11-3 SEC).

Georgia (19-17, 5-9) junior left-hander Connor Jones (5-2) allowed one run on four hits with four walks and five strikeouts in 62/3 innings. USC freshman right-hander Braden Webb (7-2) suffered the loss.

USC junior outfielder Gene Cone extended his hitting streak to 22 games with a home run in the ninth. He has also reached base safely in 25 games.

Hunter Taylor went 2 for 2 for the Gamecocks, while Madison Stokes also had two hits.