COLUMBIA Seventh-ranked South Carolina tallied 12 hits from seven players, including a 3-for-4 game from Tanner English who tripled and drove in a career-high five runs as the Gamecocks earned a 12-2 victory over Bucknell on Saturday to sweep a doubleheader and clinch the series against the Bison.
Sophomore right fielder Connor Bright went 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs and three runs scored. Junior catcher Grayson Greiner accounted for a pair of RBIs and two hits as well, while Joey Pankake and DC Arendas each scored a pair of runs. Eight of nine position starters had at least one hit.
South Carolina sophomore left-hander Jack Wynkoop earned the win in his first start of the year. He worked five innings and allowed two runs on six hits with no walks and a career-high six strikeouts.
College of Charleston 7, No. 12 UNC 4: Tom Zengel’s two-run double helped the Tar Heels build an early 4-0 lead, but the host Cougars rallied for five runs in the sixth and added two in the seventh to spring the upset in Mount Pleasant, S.C.
Junior Benton Moss started on the mound for the Tar Heels (0-1) and sailed through his first four innings, retiring all 12 batters he faced. After stranding four runners in the first three innings, Carolina broke through with four in the fourth.
Duke 7-5, Binghamton 3-1: Senior Jordan Betts turned in a 5-for-7, five RBI performance and sophomore Michael Matuella was dominant on the mound to lead Duke to two wins at Jack Coombs Field. The Blue Devils start the season 2-0 for the first time since 2008.
Clemson 5, Eastern Michigan 3: Sophomore lefthanders Matthew Crownover and Zack Erwin combined for 13 strikeouts and sophomores Tyler Krieger and Steven Duggar had three hits apiece to lead No. 3 Clemson to a win over Eastern Michigan in front of 5,229 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Tigers evened the series and improved to 1-1 on the season. The Eagles fell to 1-1.
The Tigers took the lead for good with two runs in the third inning and never relinquished the lead. Meanwhile, Crownover (1-0) earned the win by striking out a career-high nine batters in 5.0 innings pitched. He yielded four hits, one earned run, and no walks.
James Madison 5, East Carolina 2: James Madison scored three runs with two outs in the second on its way to a win over host East Carolina.
The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.
Have a news tip? You can send it to a local news editor; email email@example.com to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Charlotte Observer.Read moreRead less