Gamecocks slip past Vols 6-4 in 10 innings


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Jonah Bride walked on a 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the 10th inning to score a run and Jacob Olson was hit by a pitch to add a run as well as seventh-ranked South Carolina defeated 24th-ranked Tennessee 6-4 on Saturday.

The Gamecocks are 13-5 and 2-0 in the SEC with Tennessee 12-4 and 0-2 in league play. The win extends Carolina's winning streak to six games.

On Friday, Jacob Olson broke a 1-1 tie with a 3-run homer in the top of the seventh inning and South Carolina added three more runs in the eighth inning as the Gamecocks defeated Tennessee 7-1.

Clemson 7

Virginia 6

CLEMSON - Ninth-ranked Clemson scored six runs in the first inning and held on for a 7-6 win over No. 11 Virginia at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Saturday.

The Tigers improved to 15-4 overall and 4-1 in the ACC. The Cavaliers fell to 15-4 overall and 2-3 in ACC play.

The Tigers exploded for six runs in the first inning. Five of which came with two outs, including a 2-run single by Jordan Greene and a run-scoring single by Patrick Cromwell.

Starter Alex Eubanks (3-1) earned the win, as he allowed eight hits, two runs and no walks with five strikeouts in seven innings pitched. Ryan Miller pitched the final 1 2/3 innings to record his first save as a Tiger.

On Friday, Pavin Smith's leadoff home run in the seventh inning lifted Virginia to a 2-0 victory over Clemson.

Virginia did not advance a runner past first base until the seventh inning when Smith blasted a 3-1 pitch over the fence in right field for his fifth long ball of the year.

It ended former Sumter High and Sumter P-15's standout Charlie Barnes' streak of 27 2/3 innings pitched in a row without allowing an earned run. Barnes (1-2) suffered the loss despite surrendering just six hits, two runs and one walk with seven strikeouts in a career-long 8 1/3 innings pitched.

Sears solid again in Citadel victory

CHARLESTON - In a nail-biting finish, The Citadel baseball team closed out a 5-4 victory over Dartmouth on Friday evening at Joe Riley Park.

With the tying run on second base, Jonathan Sabo induced a fly out before striking out the final batter to close out his second save of the season. He struck out three over the final four outs of the game.

Sabo's save came on the heels of another standout performance from starting pitcher and former Wilson Hall standout JP Sears (3-1). The junior recorded his fourth straight start with seven or more innings pitched and less than two runs allowed. Sears threw a season-high 127 pitches, striking out four batters in the victory.

USCS sweeps DH from Monroe Community College

The University of South Carolina Sumter baseball team swept a doubleheader from Monroe Community College on Thursday at Riley Park, winning the first game 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh before taking the second 12-5.

In the opening game with the Fire Ants trailing by a run, Grayson Cottingham led off with a double and was driven home by Patrick Price's double to tie the score. After two walks, one intentional, Price scored on a wild pitch to give USCS the victory.

Cottingham had two hits in the opening game as did Leniel Gonzalez. Blake Robinson picked up the win in relief after tossing two scoreless innings.

In the second game, the Fire Ants scored six runs in the first inning and four more in the sixth en route to the victory. Lindsey Robinson picked up the win on the mound after tossing the first five innings. Harrison Merck pitched the final two innings and gave up just one unearned run.

Brice Kirven was 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored to lead USCS at the plate.

The Fire Ants are now 14-10 overall and will return to action on March 22 at Anderson University with a doubleheader.