GREENVILLE, S.C. Freshman Clate Schmidt went seven strong innings and Steven Duggar drove in a pair of runs as Clemson evened its rivalry series with a 6-3 victory over South Carolina on Saturday.
The Tigers faced the prospect of dropping the season series for a fourth straight year after falling at their home field to the Gamecocks, 6-0, on Friday night. But Schmidt shut down South Carolina’s lineup on five hits, allowing only a pair of solo homers to Max Schrock and LB Dantzler.
Duggar’s two-run single off reliever Adam Westmoreland put Clemson up 5-0. Duggar also scored his team’s first run.
Clemson closer Matt Campbell worked the final two innings. He struck out Graham Saiko for the final out, flexing in celebration as the Tigers ended a three-game series losing streak.
No. 1 North Carolina 11, California 5: The Tar Heels (9-0) used an 8-run fourth inning en route to a win over California (4-6) on the second day of the Astros Foundation College Classic in Houston, Texas.
Freshman Landon Lassiter paced the Tar Heels at the plate with a 4-for-6 performance as Carolina scored 11 runs or more for the fourth time this season.
Towson 6, Duke 5: Towson scored two runs in the top of the eighth for a one-run lead and the Tigers held on at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Duke (4-5) led 5-2 after four innings and registered a season-best 12 hits in the game, but the Blue Devils were unable to push another run across.
Wake Forest 14, New Mexico State 1: Wake Forest scored eight runs on six hits in the first inning and Evan Stephens and Pat Blair were perfect at the plate to help the Deacons defeat visiting New Mexico State.
Stephens went 4-for-4 at the plate with a triple, a stolen base, three RBIs and two runs scored.
N.C. State 2, Florida Atlantic 1: The Wolfpack battled the Owls for a victory in 10 innings in Myrtle Beach behind Carlos Rodon’s career-high 16 strikeouts.
49ers 3, Youngstown State 1: Charlotte scored three unearned runs in the fourth inning and behind seven strong innings from starter John Hamilton, the 49ers stayed a perfect 5-0 at home.
Charlotte is 6-2 overall and the Penguins dropped to 2-8.
Davidson 4, Appalachian State 3: The Wildcats plated three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to claim a come-from-behind victory, handing the Mountaineers their first Southern Conference loss.
Mountaineer starter Jeffrey Springs allowed just one run in six innings and totaled six strikeouts in the no-decision. Central Florida 12, Winthrop 7: The hot bats of Central Florida were too much for the Eagles as the Knights outslugged Winthrop.
Winthrop fell behind 3-0 early in the ballgame but eventually took the lead in the top half of the fifth when TJ Olesczuk slapped a single through the left side, scoring Cody Dolan from third.
Gardner Webb 4, Stony Brook 0: Junior righty Andrew Barnett hurled a complete game, four-hit shutout to lift Gardner-Webb to a win at the 2013 Hughes Brothers Challenge.
Barnett (1-0) fanned six and retired the final 10 batters he faced. He allowed just four singles and didn’t walk a batter. He retired 18 of the last 19 men he faced.
N.C. Central 8, North Carolina A&T 7: After losing 8-3 in the first game, NCCU beat rival N.C. A&T in extra innings. In his first collegiate at-bat, rookie James Dey, who played for Olympic High, drove in Akeem Hood with a sacrifice fly in the 13th inning.