SPORTS ITEMS

Fire Ants fall to 2-2 in Region X play Sunday

Posted 3/12/19

After sweeping a doubleheader from Florence-Darlington Technical College on Saturday at Riley Park, the University of South Carolina Sumter baseball team had the favor returned by the Stingers on Sunday.

Flo-Dar beat the Fire Ants 13-0 and 7-2 to …

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Fire Ants fall to 2-2 in Region X play Sunday

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After sweeping a doubleheader from Florence-Darlington Technical College on Saturday at Riley Park, the University of South Carolina Sumter baseball team had the favor returned by the Stingers on Sunday.

Flo-Dar beat the Fire Ants 13-0 and 7-2 to earn a series split. USC Sumter fell to 11-10 overall and 2-2 in Region X play.

In the opener, the Stingers scored eight runs in the second inning to blow the game open and make it a 5-inning contest.

The Fire Ants managed six hits with Andrew Isgett picking up two of them. He had a double.

Tyler Tuck took the loss, giving up two unearned runs in the first inning. Sam Hunt relieved him in the second and was charged with all eight runs, though only one was earned. Hunt walked six and allowed three hits.

In the second contest, Flo-Dar scored five runs in the top of the seventh to break a 2-2 tie.

Sumter managed just four hits with Tyler Peters doubling and Kaleb Strader picking up a triple. Peters had a run batted in and Strader scored a run. Tyler Mangum had a hit and a run and Jakob Woods had a hit and an RBI.

Tristen Campbell got a no-decision in six innings of work for the Fire Ants. He allowed six hits and two unearned runs while striking out three and walking two.

USC Sumter softball splits

MYRTLE BEACH - The University of South Carolina Sumter softball team split a pair of games on Sunday at Ripken Experience, beating Rowan College at Burlington County 10-2 and losing to Lehigh Carbon Community College 8-3.

Against Rowan, Sumter pounded out 14 hits with Brooke Ward and Abigale Hudson getting three apiece. Hudson had a triple, a stolen base and scored two runs. Ward had two runs and two runs batted in.

Emily Holmes, Hailey Carter and Brook Vance had two hits apiece. Holmes had a double, two runs and an RBI, Carter had a double, two runs and two RBI, and Vance had a double and an RBI.

Shelby Nisbet hit a 3-run home run.

Megan Phillips worked five innings to get the win. She allowed three hits and one earned run with a strikeout.

Against Lehigh, the Fire Ants found themselves in a 5-0 hole after two innings and couldn't get out of it.

USC Sumter finished with 11 hits, with Ward, Holmes, Vance and Laurel Shaw each getting two. Shaw had a triple, a stolen base and two runs, while Vance had a triple, and Ward scored a run.

Clemson moves to No. 12

CLEMSON - On a 2-2 pitch with two outs in the ninth inning, Logan Davidson crushed a 2-run home run to lift No. 20 Clemson to a 5-4, walkoff win over North Carolina on Sunday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium and a sweep of the 3-game series.

The Tigers, who improved to 12-3 overall and 3-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference series, vaulted from 20th to 12th in the Collegiate Baseball poll. UNC, which fell to 12-4 and 0-3, dropped from fourth to 14th in the poll.

In the ninth inning, Sam Hall hit a 2-out double to set up Davidson's dramatic 2-run homer, his fifth of the year. The long ball traveled 394 feet and landed over the Cajun Caf beyond the right-field fence.

It was Clemson's second come-from-behind walkoff win in the series, as the Tigers trailed 2-1 entering the bottom of the ninth inning in the first game of the series on Saturday before scoring two runs, including the walk-off run on a balk.

USC up to No. 18

COLUMBIA - The South Carolina baseball team moved up a spot to No. 18 in the latest Collegiate Baseball poll after beating Valparaiso 12-6 on Sunday to complete a 3-game sweep of the series at Founders Park.

The Gamecocks improved to 13-3 on the season with the sweep.

Senior TJ Hopkins hit for the cycle, classmate Jacob Olson had two home runs and five runs batted in, redshirt freshman Ian Jenkins had three hits and freshman Brett Kerry struck out six in a 5-plus inning start.

Hopkins started his cycle with a home run to left field in the fourth inning. He doubled in the fifth and singled in the seventh.

He completed the feat by tripling in the eighth to the gap in right. Hopkins, who scored three runs and drove in four, became the first Gamecock to hit for the cycle since Kyle Martin on April 11, 2015, against Florida.

Olson was 3-for-5 and now has seven homers on the year, leading the team.

Jenkins, making his second career start, got the Gamecocks on the scoreboard with a mammoth home run to right-center in the third inning. Valpo answered with a run in the fourth, but the Gamecocks came back in the bottom of the frame on homers from Hopkins and Olson. A Hopkins double in the fifth scored Jenkins, giving Carolina a 5-1 lead.

Valpo put up three runs in the sixth, highlighted by a 2-run home run from Blake Billinger, then tied the game in the seventh on a Sam Shaikin sacrifice fly.

Carolina took the lead for good in the bottom of the seventh on Olson's 3-run home run to left-center. A solo home run from Valpo's Brent Jones cut the lead to 8-6 in the eighth. Valpo had runners on first and second with no one out with redshirt sophomore TJ Shook entering the game. Shook got a strikeout and a double play with runner's interference to end the threat.

Carolina added insurance with four runs in the eighth. Jenkins singled to open the frame. Noah Campbell singled, moving pinch runner Jacob English to third base. English scored on a wild pitch, and Hopkins drove in a pair of runs with the triple that clinched the cycle. The final run scored on Luke Berryhill's RBI fielder's choice.

Kerry threw five innings and allowed three runs and six hits with six strikeouts and no walks. Sawyer Bridges earned the win in relief, allowing a run and two hits in an inning's work. Shook picked up the save, striking out a pair in two innings of work.

Carolina had four more home runs in Sunday's game, upping the total to 32 on the season.

South Carolina hits the road to Joe Riley Park in Charleston today for a matchup against The Citadel. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Carolina opens Southeastern Conference play at home on Friday with a 3-game series against No. 13 Georgia. The other games are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.