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Eagles pick up sweep as Gamecocks, Tigers fall

The Winthrop baseball team finished a three-game series sweep of the UNC Asheville Bulldogs on Sunday with a 10-8 victory at McCormick Field.

The Eagles improve to 18-17 on the season and 6-6 in the Big South, while the Bulldogs fall to 11-21 overall and 5-10 in the conference.

"We came here to get a sweep and we got it today," Winthrop coach Joe Hudak said. "We've won them in different ways this weekend and that's good."

Wade Newman (4-2) tossed six innings and allowed four runs on nine hits, no walks and two strikeouts to earn the win in the series finale. Justin Schumer (1-4) took the loss after surrendering nine runs (seven earned) on 11 hits, three walks and two strikeouts in four innings of work.

Winthrop managed to score four runs in the top of the second inning. Matt Pierpont got the scoring started with his two RBI double that hit off the chalk line in left field driving in Matt Thielepape and Adam Gliebe. Sean Sullivan and Eddie Rohan both added RBI singles later in the inning.

The Bulldogs cut the deficit to 4-2 in the bottom of the second on a two-run homer to left center field by Mike Vaughn, but the Eagles responded with a run of their own in the top of the third on Gliebe's RBI single to make it a 5-2 game.

The Eagles will be back in action at 6 p.m. on Wednesday as they travel to Athens, Ga., to face Georgia.

Winthrop University Sports Information Department

OLE MISS 5, SOUTH CAROLINA 4 -- In Columbia, South Carolina entered the game against Ole Miss looking for a sweep of the three-game series, something the Rebels desperately wanted to avoid.

Emotions ran high on both sides before Ole Miss pulled off the win.

Although the 10th-ranked Gamecocks fell to 28-8 overall and 11-4 in the conference, they remained in first place in the SEC East. The No. 14 Rebels improved to 24-13 and 8-7.

The tone was set early when home-plate umpire Ray Gregson ejected USC pitching coach Mark Calvi in the third inning for arguing balls and strikes. USC coach Ray Tanner, who was on the field with Gregson at the time, wasn't surprised his coach got the heave-ho.

"He (Calvi) barked, and he (Gregson) let him bark, and then he (Calvi) barked again. The second time they'll (eject) you sometimes. That's the way it works," Tanner said.

Things heated up again in the seventh inning when Tanner jawed with Ole Miss third baseman Zach Miller. Tanner was coming onto the field to check on Whit Merrifield, who had been momentarily dazed on a slide into third base. Tanner believed Miller didn't get out of Merrifield's way when it was obvious there was not going to be a play - and he let Miller know it. That brought Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco out of the dugout.

"There was a collision over there, and the baseball didn't go over there," Tanner said. "I think he (Miller) was blocking the base a little bit without the baseball."

Merrifield remained in the game but couldn't score to tie the game when the Rebels recorded outs on hard-hit balls by Christian Walker and Parker Bangs.

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GEORGIA TECH 11, CLEMSON 3 -- In Atlanta, Jeff Rowland, Tony Plagman, and Jacob Esch totaled four hits apiece and No. 5 Georgia Tech scored in all eight innings in which it batted in its win over No. 16 Clemson. The Yellow Jackets, who swept the series 3-0, improved to 31-5 overall and 15-3 in the ACC. The Tigers, who suffered their first three-game sweep since 2008, fell to 23-14 overall and 10-8 in ACC play.

Sophomore lefthander Jed Bradley (5-2) pitched seven strong innings to earn the win. He allowed eight hits, three runs, and no walks with eight strikeouts. Jake Davies and Taylor Wood both pitched a hitless and scoreless inning in relief to close out the game.

Will Lamb (3-3), the first of eight Tiger pitchers, suffered the loss, as he yielded seven hits, six runs (five earned), and two walks with a career-high four strikeouts in 2 2-3 innings pitched.

The Yellow Jackets took the game's first lead in the first inning. Rowland led off with a single up the middle and stole second when Plagman struck out for the second out. Cole Leonida then blooped a single to right field to score Rowland.

Kyle Parker hit the first pitch of the top of the second inning over the fence in right-center for a solo homer, his 14th long ball of the season and 40th of his career. He became the 10th Tiger in history to reach 40 career long balls. It was also the first home run allowed by Bradley in 2010. Two batters later, John Nester bounced a one-out single through the left side to extend his hitting streak to 10 games, but the Tigers were unable to take the lead.

Clemson was led at the plate by Parker, who was 2-for-3 with a homer, double, two runs, and a hit-by-pitch.

Nester and Addison Johnson added two hits apiece, while Richie Shaffer returned to the lineup after missing the previous 17 games due to a hamstring injury.

The Tigers will return to action at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday when they host USC Upstate.

Clemson University Sports Information Department