Alabama-Birmingham starter Johnny Lieske held Charlotte’s bats in check over his 7 2/3 innings of work Sunday as the Blazers completed the Conference USA weekend sweep with a 3-1 victory.
Charlotte (14-29-1, 6-17) squandered a couple of early opportunities before getting on the board in the eighth.
Lieske (4-2) picked up the win, allowing just the one run on five hits with seven strikeouts.
As in the previous two contests, UAB (30-16, 16-8) got on the board first. Jeff Schalk’s lengthy at-bat resulted in a leadoff walk before Nathan Vincent singled. After a sacrifice bunt by Ivan DeJesus, Tyler Mims drove in Schalk with his groundout to shortstop.
Schalk’s leadoff walk in the fourth again paid dividends soon after Vincent’s double.Mims doubled home Schalk for a 2-0 lead. Matt Morse quickly followed with a groundout to third, pushing the Blazers’ lead to three.
Charlotte mounted a two-out rally in the eighth, starting with Grant Dunnegan’s walk. After Jordan Hudson reached on an infield single squibbed toward third, T.J. Nichting drove in Dunnegan on his base hit.
N.C. State 8, Coastal Carolina 4: Trea Turner’s near-cycle and Jake Armstrong’s go-ahead home run in the eighth inning carried host N.C. State (27-19) past Coastal Carolina (22-26).
Turner nearly had the Wolfpack’s first cycle since 2006. The junior finished 3-for-4 with his seventh homer of the season, a triple, three runs, one RBI, an intentional walk, and his 21st stolen base of the year.
Davidson 7, Elon 5: Forrest Brandt homered and drove in three runs and Ryan Lowe went 4-for-5 as Davidson won its 10th straight Southern Conference series and clinched at least second place in the league by winning at Elon (26-21, 12-12).
The win guaranteed the Wildcats (27-14, 17-5) at least a runner-up finish in the standings and a berth against a play-in team in the conference tournament.
It will be Davidson’s highest conference finish since it was second in the Big South in 1992. The Wildcats last finished as high as second in the Southern when the league used a divisional format in 1987.
By winning back-to-back games over defending league champion, after dropping Friday’s opener, Davidson claimed its first series over the Phoenix since 2012.
Florida International 2, East Carolina 1: Tyler Hibbert’s two-RBI single in the eighth inning lifted FIU (34-12, 14-10 Conference USA ) to victory and a series sweep at East Carolina (28-21, 13-11).
Georgia 5, No. 7 South Carolina 3: Daniel Nichols’ two-out grand slam in the third inning helped lift Georgia (23-23-1, 9-14-1) past South Carolina (35-13, 13-11) in the rubber game of a three-game SEC series.
Western Carolina 7, Appalachian State 4: Senior Jordan Smith matched a career-high with 11 strikeouts and host Western Carolina got timely hitting, including a go-ahead, fifth-inning home run by classmate Dykota Spiess, as the Catamounts beat archrival Appalachian State.
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