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USC Fire Ants baseball heads to tournament

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Posted 4/24/18

SPARTANBURG - The University of South Carolina Sumter baseball team will go limping into the NJCAA Region X tournament after being swept by Spartanburg Methodist College in a pair of doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday.

The Fire Ants, who …

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USC Fire Ants baseball heads to tournament

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SPARTANBURG - The University of South Carolina Sumter baseball team will go limping into the NJCAA Region X tournament after being swept by Spartanburg Methodist College in a pair of doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday.

The Fire Ants, who dropped to 29-20 overall and 14-10 in region play, lost 2-0 and 15-5 on Saturday. The score was 6-5 in both of Sunday's games.

In the opening game of the series, SMC's Canaan Silver tossed a no-hitter. He struck out eight and walked two.

Blake Robinson was the hard-luck loser.

He allowed just four hits while striking out five and walking none.

The Pioneers won the second game in five innings. Eric McGirt was 3-for-3 with a home run for USC Sumter.

In Sunday's opener, Sumter scored two runs in the top of the seventh to tie the game, but SMC won it in the bottom of the inning.

Leniel Gonzalez had a 2-run home run for the Fire Ants, and McGirt and Austin Price also homered.

In Sunday's finale, Gonzalez was 3-for-3 with a solo homer. Vince Hanna had a triple and an RBI and Austin Morris and Kaleb Strader both had two hits, with Straber scoring twice.

USCS softball loses 3 of 4

LOUISBURG, N.C. - The USC Sumter softball team lost three of four games to Louisburg College in its regular-season finale on Saturday and Sunday.

Louisburg swept Saturday' twinbill, winning 2-0 and 10-3.

The Fire Ants won the first game on Sunday, scoring 10 runs in the fifth for an 11-3 win. They lost the nightcap 7-5.

USC Sumter takes on overall record of 18-16 and a Region X mark of 8-8 into the region tournament this week.

USC 8

LSU 6

COLUMBIA - The University of South Carolina baseball team rallied from down 6-0 to score eight consecutive runs in the last three innings to complete a 3-game sweep of No. 19 LSU on Sunday at Founders Park.

South Carolina had double-digit hits for the third straight game, as TJ Hopkins went 3-for-5 while LT Tolbert had two hits. Tolbert joined Justin Row and Noah Campbell with two RBI.

USC improved to 23-17 on the season and 9-9 in Southeastern Conference play. LSU is 24-17 overall and 9-9 in conference play.

Clemson 9

Wake Forest 4

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Clemson tied its single game season high with four home runs and Jake Higginbotham pitched five scoreless innings in the Tigers' 9-4 win over Wake Forest at David F. Couch Ballpark on Sunday.

Clemson, which registered its first sweep at Wake Forest since 2005, improved to 29-11 overall and 14-7 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Demon Deacons dropped to 18-23 overall and 10-11 in ACC play.