Wednesday College Baseball - Furman upsets USC, Clemson and CCU post wins

Furman 6 South Carolina 5

From USC Sports Information

Greenville, S.C â?? After trailing by three runs, 11th ranked South Carolina stormed back to take a one-run lead in the top of the seventh inning but Furman answered with a homer in the bottom half of the seventh and an unearned run in the bottom of the eighth to defeat the Gamecocks 6-5 on Wednesday evening in non-conference action at Fluor Field. The loss drops Carolina to 23-7 with Furman now 17-11 on the year.

Down 4-1 entering the top of the sixth, South Carolina mounted a rally with a single run in that frame and three more runs in the seventh to go ahead 5-4. Dante Rosenberg had a two-out single in the sixth to cut the deficit to two runs. In the seventh inning, the momentum continued. George Iskenderian led off with a base hit to center. A walk to LB Dantzler and a single off the top of the green monster in left by pinch hitter Connor Bright loaded the bases. Max Schrock would drive in Iskenderian with a single to left field. Schrock knocked a 2-1 pitch right through the left side for a run. Brison Celek then came up with a big bat as he drilled a 3-1 pitch just off the top of the wall in left-center to score two more runs and give the Gamecocks a one-run cushion.

Furman responded in the bottom half of the seventh though with the second homer of the game, a solo shot by Taylor Johnson to left field to tie it at 5-5, his third hit of the game. The bottom of the eighth, the Paladins caught a break as Alex Abrams reached base to open the inning on a fielding error by Dantzler at first base. With one out, Abrams would score as pinch hitter Griffin Davisâ?? RBI double to the gap in right-center put Furman back in front by a run. The Gamecocks looked to rally one more time in the ninth as Celek drew a two-out walk followed by a walk to Rosenberg. Pinch hitter Grayson Greiner grounded into a fielderâ??s choice to the shortstop for the final out of the game preserving Furmanâ??s win.

Clemson 4 Gardner-Webb 1

From Clemson Sports Information:

Clemson, SC - Senior righthander Jonathan Meyer tossed 7.0 strong innings to lead Clemson to a 4-1 win over Gardner-Webb at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Wednesday night. The Tigers improved to 18-11, while the Bulldogs fell to 15-13-1.

The Tigers scored two runs in the first inning on Garrett Boulware's two-run homer and added a run in the fourth inning before the Bulldogs manufactured a run in the seventh inning. Trailing 3-1, Gardner-Webb loaded the bases with one out in the eighth inning before Clemson got out of the jam with a crucial double play.

Meyer (2-0) pitched 7.0 innings in a starting role to earn the win in his first start of the season. The San Diego, CA native gave up five hits, one run, and no walks with six strikeouts in throwing 83 pitches (60 strikes). Kyle Schnell pitched a scoreless eighth inning, then Matt Campbell recorded his fifth save of the year by pitching a hitless and scoreless ninth inning with two strikeouts.

Coastal Carolina 10 Citadel 2

MYRTLE BEACH - Ted Blackman went 3-for-3 with a four RBI, including a two-run home run, to lead Coastal Carolina to a 10-2 win over The Citadel Wednesday night before a season-high crowd of 1,531 at Field at Pelicans Ballpark. The Chanticleers, winners in 10 of its last 12 games, improve to 17-12, including a 3-2 win at The Citadel Tuesday, while the Bulldogs fall to 16-14.

Tyler Poole (4-1) earned the win. The redhshirt freshman was on a designated pitch count and left after four innings. He allowed four hits, two runs (one earned) with two walks. Five Chanticleer pitchers combined to pitch five scoreless innings. Brett Thompkins (1-1) was saddled with the loss, allowing six hits and five runs (four earned).