USC SUMTER BASEBALL

Fire Ants drop 3 of 4 against Pitt

BY DENNIS BRUNSON
dennis@theitem.com
Posted 2/12/19

It wasn’t the greatest of weekends for a home-opening series for the University of South Carolina Sumter baseball team. The Fire Ants were swept by Pitt Community College on Saturday at Riley Park …

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USC SUMTER BASEBALL

Fire Ants drop 3 of 4 against Pitt

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It wasn’t the greatest of weekends for a home-opening series for the University of South Carolina Sumter baseball team. The Fire Ants were swept by Pitt Community College on Saturday at Riley Park before salvaging a split in another twinbill on Sunday.

Yet despite falling to 4-3 on the season, USC Sumter head coach Tim Medlin wasn’t overly upset about the four games.

“We’re going to be really good, but we’re just young right now,” Medlin said. “We were in three of the four games. We’re going to get better, but we just have to find out a way to end games.”

Pitt won on Saturday by the scores of 15-0 and 4-2. In Sunday’s opener, the Bulldogs won 6-4 before Sumter won the finale 4-2.

In the Saturday opener, Pitt scored nine runs in the top of the first inning of the 5-inning contest. USC Sumter starting pitcher Jonathan Jagielski recorded just one out and was charged with eight runs, seven of them earned.

That allowed Dylan Patrick to cruise through his five innings of work, allowing just three hits while striking out four and walking none.

Tyler Turner had a triple for USCS, while Vince Hanna and Kyle Kalick had safeties.

In the second contest, Sumter had a 2-0 lead after two innings but couldn’t maintain it. Pitt scored a run in the fourth and added three in the fifth for the win.

The Fire Ants had just five hits, two of them from Hanna, one being a triple. He scored a run and drove in a run. Tyler Mangum had a hit and an RBI, while Wynston Dyer and Chandler Hunter had hits. Austin Medlock scored the other run.

Daniel Twitty worked the first 3 1/3 innings for Sumter, allowing five hits, one walk and one run while striking out one. Hayden Franklin took the loss, giving up three runs in 1 1/3 innings. He allowed three hits and three walks.

In Sunday’s opener, USCS took a 2-1 lead into the seventh, but the Bulldogs scored five runs to secure the win.

Sumter had just six hits with Jagielski and Mangum picked up two apiece. Jagielski had a triple, a run and an RBI, while Mangum had a double and an RBI. Hanna had a hit, a run and an RBI. While Kalick scored the other run.

Austin Pearce started for Sumter, working 4 2/3 innings and allowing just one unearned run. He gave up three hits while walking none against four strikeouts.

Tristen Campbell took the loss, allowing five runs in 2 1/3 innings. He allowed six hits while walking three and striking out two.

In the Sunday nightcap, it was the Fire Ants who rallied, scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth for the win.

They trailed 3-1 before an RBI single by Jagielski scored Noah Fuchs to make it 3-2. Lee Metts followed with a double that Dyer and Jagielski.

Sumter had just five hits with Metts picking up two of them. Hanna had a hit and a run, Mangum had a hit and Payton Young drove in a run.

Chandler Sox worked the final of three perfect innings in the seventh to get the win. He struck out three.

Tyler Tuck worked the first four innings, allowing three unearned runs. He had six strikeouts while allowing four hits and one walk.