NCAA BASEBALL TOURNAMENT

State teams open regionals with victories

From staff reports
Posted 6/3/18

South Carolina, Clemson and Coastal Carolina each won their first-round games in their respective NCAA baseball tournament regionals on Friday, but their winners bracket games on Saturday were not completed as of press time.

The Gamecocks were …

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NCAA BASEBALL TOURNAMENT

State teams open regionals with victories

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South Carolina, Clemson and Coastal Carolina each won their first-round games in their respective NCAA baseball tournament regionals on Friday, but their winners bracket games on Saturday were not completed as of press time.

The Gamecocks were facing East Carolina in the Greenville, N.C., Regional on Saturday, while Clemson was playing Vanderbilt in the Clemson regional and the Chanticleers were facing Washington in the Conway regional.

Both Clemson and USC had the start of their games delayed by weather during the first games of the day.

On Friday in Greenville, Carolina pushed ahead with five runs in the seventh inning to beat Ohio State 8-3.

The second-seeded Gamecocks, who improved to 34-24 trailed 2-0 before the big inning, which included Danny Blair's 3-run home run. Justin Row followed with a 2-run single in the 6-hit inning that pushed South Carolina to a 5-2 lead.

The Gamecocks added three runs in the eighth and finished with 14 hits.

Eddy Demurias (7-0) earned the win, allowing four hits and a run in three innings.

Dillon Dingler hit a solo homer and drove in two runs for the third-seeded Buckeyes (36-23), who had nine hits.

Seth Kinker (6-2) took the loss, allowing five runs and six hits in an inning.

On Friday in Clemson, Jordan Greene's 10th-inning RBI single scored Drew Wharton with the winning run as top-seeded host Clemson escaped No. 4 seed Morehead State 4-3.

For much of this one, it looked like 46-14 Clemson might have to play in the losers bracket, down 3-1 in the sixth before tying it up on run-scoring hits by designated hitter and former University of South Carolina Sumter standout Justin Hawkins and catcher Kyle Wilkie. Things stayed tied until the 10th when Wharton singled to right, was sacrificed to second then came home on Greene's hit through the right side of the infield.

Clemson's fifth pitcher, Ryley Gilliam (3-3), got the final two outs of the game to earn the win.

Seth Beer had a solo homer, his 21st, for Clemson.

The game's start was delayed nearly three hours due to bad weather.

On Friday in Conway, Kieton Rivers had a 3-run homer and a 2-run double as 2016 College World Series champion Coastal Carolina came away with a 16-1 pounding of LIU-Brooklyn on Friday night.

The Chanticleers (43-17) will face Washington (31-23) in a winner's bracket contest Saturday. LIU-Brooklyn (31-25) faces an elimination game in its first NCAA appearance since 1972 against UConn (35-21-1) on Saturday.

The 43-17 Chanticleers led 2-0 when its offense took control with a 5-run fourth, a 5-run fifth and a 4r-run seventh. Rivers drove in two runs with a double in the fourth, then lifted his fifth homer of the season to drive in three runs.

Chanticleers starter Anthony Veneziano (7-1) gave up just three hits over seven innings.

LIU-Brooklyn, which fell to 31-25, lone's offensive highlight came in the eighth when Brock Hallum's double drove in the program's first NCAA run in 46 years.

Coastal shortstop Seth Lancaster hit his 20th homer of the season.