Sears strikes out 11 in Citadel win


GREENSBORO N.C. - The Citadel baseball team defeated North Carolina Greensboro 5-2 behind another double-digit strikeout performance from pitcher John Patrick Sears on Friday at the UNCG Baseball Stadium.

Sears, a Sumter native, recorded his sixth double-digit strikeout game of the season and the 10th of his career as he struck out 11 UNCG batters. Sears threw eight innings, allowing just two runs on four hits.

The Bulldog left-hander threw at least eight innings for the fifth time in 12 starts and at least six innings for the 11th consecutive start. The 11 strikeouts gave Sears 301 for his career, the fourth Bulldog pitcher to reach the 300-strikeout plateau in program history.

Sears improved to 6-2 on the season for the Bulldogs, who are 15-30 overall and 6-13 in Southern Conference play.

William Kinney, another Sumter native, was 2-for-4 for the Bulldogs with a double and a run batted in.

Missouri 5

South Carolina 3

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Tanner Houck struck out 10 batters and hurled a complete game as Missouri defeated 30th-ranked South Carolina 5-3 on Saturday at Taylor Stadium.

Jacob Olson and Carlos Cortes each homered for the Gamecocks in the loss. Missouri is now 30-21 and 10-16 in the SEC with the Gamecocks now 30-20 and 12-14 in league play.

Houck (4-7) walked just one and allowed three runs on five hits to earn the win. South Carolina right-hander Adam Hill (3-5) suffered the loss after allowing four runs on five hits in six innings with two walks and seven strikeouts.

Missouri manufactured a run in the bottom of the first to take a 1-0 lead. Johnny Balsamo led off with an infield single, stole second base and scored on Robbie Glendinning's 1-out RBI single up the middle.

The Gamecocks came right back and tied it at 1-1 in the second inning as Jacob Olson belted a solo homer to left-center, his sixth home run of the season.

Jonah Bride would give the Gamecocks a 2-1 lead with a RBI double in the top of the third inning. With one out and TJ Hopkins on first base, Bride knocked a double down the left field line that scored Hopkins to give Carolina a one-run advantage. Carlos Cortes increased Carolina's lead to 3-1 in the top of the fifth inning with a two-out solo homer to right-center, his eighth home run of the season.

Missouri answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie the game at 3-3. Matt Berler drew a leadoff walk and scored on Chris Cornelius' RBI double to center field. With two outs and Cornelius on third base, Glendinning knocked in his second run of the game with a 2-out RBI single up the middle on a 3-2 pitch from Hill.

The Tigers took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning on a solo homer to right field from Kameron Misner, his fifth home run of the season. Missouri answered with an insurance run in the seventh inning as Cornelius reached base on a sun ball to right field and scored on Brett Bond's two-out RBI single to left field.

On Friday, Jonah Bride broke a 2-2 tie with a 2-out, 2-run home run in the top of the sixth inning and right-hander Wil Crowe tied a season-high with nine strikeouts in seven innings of work as South Carolina defeated Missouri 4-3.

Crowe (5-4) allowed just two runs on four hits with two walks to earn the win. Junior right-hander Tyler Johnson pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief with two strikeouts to pick up his ninth save of the season.

Louisville 6

Clemson 4

CLEMSON - Behind four home runs, including two by Colby Fitch, No. 2 Louisville overcame a 4-0 deficit to defeat No. 7 Clemson 6-4 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Saturday.

The Cardinals, who took a 2-0 lead in the series and won their 14th game in a row, improved to 45-6 overall and 22-4 in the ACC. The Tigers dropped to 37-14 overall and 16-10 in ACC play.

Seth Beer hit a run-scoring single in the first inning, then Chase Pinder belted a 2-run homer, his fifth long ball of the season, in the third inning. After Andrew Cox's solo homer, his fourth home run of the year, put Clemson up 4-0 in the fourth inning, long balls by Fitch and Devin Mann in the sixth inning plated three runs. Fitch tied the score in the eighth inning with his second homer of the game, then Drew Ellis blasted a 2-run homer later in the frame to give Louisville the lead.

Cardinal starter Kade McClure (7-1) earned the win, as he yielded seven hits, four runs and one walk with five strikeouts in seven innings pitched. Tiger reliever Jeremy Beasley (1-2) suffered the loss.

On Friday, Louisville scored four combined runs in the first four innings and held on for a 4-2 victory over Clemson.

Colby Fitch belted a solo homer in the first inning, then the Cardinals scored two unearned runs in the third inning without a hit and added another unearned run in the fourth inning. Kyle Wilkie's 2-out single put Clemson on the scoreboard in the sixth inning, then Chase Pinder added a run-scoring single in the frame.

Tiger starter and former Sumter High and Sumter P-15's standout Charlie Barnes (5-4) suffered the loss, as he yielded seven hits, four runs (one earned) and three walks with five strikeouts in six innings pitched.