Columbia, S.C. - Second ranked South Carolina scored seven runs in the sixth inning and held off a late rally by Liberty to earn a 9-6 victory on Tuesday afternoon at Carolina Stadium. The Gamecocks improved to 32-8 on the year; Liberty fell to 22-19.
Jose Mata (3-0) picked up the win with 2.0 innings of relief, giving up two earned runs on one hit while walking two and striking out one. Matt Price earned his 12th save of the year, striking out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth. Adam Westmoreland earned the start for the Gamecocks, striking out a season-high seven batters in 4.1 innings of work. Liberty starting pitcher Garrett Baker (5-3) suffered the loss. He allowed six runs, five earned, on seven hits with three strikeouts.
Christian Walker, Adrian Morales and Peter Mooney each had two hits to lead the 10-hit effort for the Gamecocks. Walker added his ninth home run of the season to lead off the sixth, in which Carolina sent 12 batters to the plate, scoring seven runs on seven hits.
The game was delayed for 53 minutes in the top of the eighth inning because of lightning in the Columbia area.Clemson 5 Furman 0
Clemson, SC - Brad Miller went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs, and Justin Sarratt tossed 6.0 scoreless innings of four-hit ball to lead #23 Clemson to a 5-0 victory over Furman at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Tuesday night. The Tigers improved to 26-14 overall, while the Paladins dropped to 19-24 on the season.
The Tigers scored two runs in the first inning and three more in the third inning on Miller's three-run homer. Both teams' pitchers settled and kept batters at bay during the rest of the game, which lasted just two hours and 15 minutes.
Sarratt (4-1), the first of four Tiger pitchers, allowed only four singles, no runs, and no walks with five strikeouts in 6.0 innings pitched to earn the win. Joseph Moorefield, Kevin Pohle, and Will Lamb each pitched an inning to close out the game. The four hurlers and the errorless Tiger defense did not allow a single Paladin to advance past second base in the game, while only three advanced past first base. They also combined for seven strikeouts against no walks.Coastal Carolina 11 UNC-Wilmington 4
WILMINGTON, N.C. - Coastal Carolina had seven, two-our RBI Tuesday night and scored in five of the first six innings, building an 11-1 lead through eight-and-a-half innings. However, Colonial Athletic Association leader UNC Wilmington (23-18) would not go quietly, scoring three in the bottom of ninth, before Chanticleer relief pitcher Ryan Connolly came on to record the final out and for an 11-4 Coastal (27-15) win.
Offensively, Tommy La Stella was 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBI, while Scott Woodward was 1-for-1 with two RBI. On the mound, Coastal pitchers racked up 11 strike outs, each getting at least one. Jordan Coons (4-3) made his second start and pitched five innings, allowing four hits and one run with a walk and four strike outs. Tyler Herb, the third pitcher, struck out all three batters he faced.
Daniel Bowman was 2-for-5, including a two-run home run, with three RBI. The blast was Bowman's ninth of the season and 37th of his career. The junior joins impressive company, tying Kirk Manwaring for fourth on the CCU career list home run list and, with three RBI tonight, Bowman has 144 for his career, tying him for 10th with Manwaring