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Beer's 2-run single in 9th lifts Tigers past 'Noles 12-10

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Seth Beer's 2-run single in the top of the ninth inning broke a 10-10 tie as fourth-ranked Clemson defeated 25th-ranked Florida State 12-10 on Saturday at Dick Howser Stadium.

The Tigers improved to 30-5 overall and 14-2 in the ACC. The Seminoles fell to 21-15 and 7-9.

Clemson held a 9-1 advantage at one point, but FSU chipped away until it put up a 3-spot in the seventh inning to tie the game.

Tigers starter and former Sumter High and Sumter P-15's standout Charlie Barnes earned a no-decision after exiting after five innings. He was charged with six earned runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and two walks.

Beer had three hits, including a double and a home run, and drove in four on the night. Reed Rohlman had three hits as well and Logan Davidson and Chris Williams drove in two runs apiece.

Mississippi State 5

South Carolina 4

COLUMBIA - After trailing by three runs entering the ninth inning, eighth-ranked South Carolina fought back as Carlos Cortes hit his second homer of the game to bring the Gamecocks within one, but 13th-ranked Mississippi State held on for a 5-4 win on Saturday at Founders Park.

Carolina is now 21-13 on the year and 7-7 in SEC play with MSU 25-12 overall and 10-4 in the league.

Cortes hit a 2-run homer in the third for the Gamecocks as they briefly took a 2-1 lead.

MSU went up 5-2 in the ninth thanks to three singles, including a pair of infield hits and a wild pitch.

Jacob Olson and Cortes kept the Gamecocks in the game in the bottom of the ninth inning. Olson walked with one out and scored on Cortes' second homer of the game to bring the Gamecocks within a run. But that would be it for Carolina as Price retired the final two Gamecock hitters of the inning to seal the win for MSU.

On Friday, South Carolina fought and rallied to score four in the bottom of the seventh inning, but fell short as Mississippi State edged the Gamecocks 7-4 on Friday.

Sears strikes out 15 in Citadel loss

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Citadel baseball team came up just short as Samford hit a 2-out walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth inning to win 1-0 Thursday night at Joe Lee Griffin Field.

Despite the loss, the story of the night was starting pitcher and former Wilson Hall standout JP Sears. After being named to the prestigious Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List earlier this week, Sears proved why with 15 strikeouts in eight shutout innings of Samford.

Sears was dominant once again, recording his fourth double-digit strikeout game of the year and his eighth of his career as he mowed down the Samford lineup. Sears also posted 15 or more strikeouts for the third time this year, the fourth of his career. The Citadel southpaw struck out the side in both the second and fourth inning and struck out two batters in four other innings.