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Eagles split with Radford, lose series

Winthrop wrapped up a three-game series against the Radford Highlanders on Sunday afternoon by splitting a doubleheader at The Winthrop Ballpark. The Eagles took the first game 8-5, while the Highlanders clinched the series victory with a 9-4 win in the second.

Winthrop is 19-20 and 7-8 in the conference, while Radford is 20-19, 8-7.

"We played hard and I thought the whole team was in the game from the get-go," head coach Joe Hudak said after the first game. "This was a huge ball game for us."

Matteo D'Angelo (5-3) earned his third straight victory, throwing seven innings and giving up four runs (three earned) on seven hits and one walk. He tied a career high with nine strikeouts.

Eddie Butler (4-3) took the loss in Game1, allowing seven runs (six earned) on 15 hits, two walks and two strikeouts in 61/3 innings of work. Tyler Mizenko picked up the save, tossing 12/3 innings.

In Game2, Bobby Bolling (2-1) got the victory on 52/3 innings, and gave up four runs on six hits, no walks and six strikeouts.

Wade Newman (4-3) took the loss, hurling three innings and surrendering six runs (five earned) on four hits, one walk and three strikeouts.

The Highlanders wasted no time jumping to a 4-0 lead in the first, highlighted by a two-run homer to right field by Raphael Turner.

"When you give up eight runs in the first four innings, it's tough to recover from that," said Hudak. "We have to pitch better and that's the bottom line if we're going to have a chance to finish the way we want to. We just didn't get it done in the second game."

Winthrop will host Charlotte at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Gamecocks sweep DH, series against Georgia

Jackie Bradley Jr. reached base five times with four hits, including a homer and a game-winning RBI single in the seventh inning as South Carolina held on for an 8-7 victory against Georgia in Game2 of a doubleheader at Foley Field.

South Carolina swept the three-game series vs. the Bulldogs with the squad 32-8 and 14-4 in SEC play, while the loss drops Georgia to 12-28, 3-15.

With the score 7-7, the Gamecocks made their move in the top of the seventh. Whit Merrifield reached with a leadoff walk and stole second base to set the stage for Bradley. On a 1-2 pitch, Bradley drilled a RBI single to center field that scored Merrifield and put the Gamecocks up a run.

Freshman Ethan Carter worked two scoreless innings with three strikeouts and is 2-0 on the year. The right-hander has not allowed a run in 14 of 15 relief appearances and owns a scoreless inning streak of 14 games.

In the first game, South Carolina junior right-hander Sam Dyson hurled a three-hit shutout in seven innings and was backed by a pair of homers from Nick Ebert and Adrian Morales as the Gamecocks upended Georgia 5-0.

South Carolina finished with 11 hits to Georgia's 10 in Game2 of the doubleheader. Bradley had a season-high in hits with a 4-for-4 day at the plate. Christian Walker went 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Evan Marzilli started in left field and was 2-for-3. Adrian Morales drove in three runs in Game2 of the doubleheader and finished with five in the doubleheader. University of South Carolina

Clemson drops finale, series to North Carolina

Wilson Boyd took three steps off third base during the ninth inning, the potential tying run in the rubber game of Clemson's series with North Carolina (25-17, 8-13 ACC).

One out, bases loaded and Chris Epps at the plate; three balls and one strike.

Clemson (25-16, 11-10) had rallied Saturday for a two-run lead when the second game was interrupted by rain, then put the finishing touches on a 10-6 win Sunday.

Coach Jack Leggett thought the Tigers were on the doorstep again.

Epps took a pitch low and away he thought was Ball4. Plate umpire Mark Chapman hesitated before he signaled strike and freshman Richie Shaffer on first base thought Epps had walked. Catcher Jacob Stallings threw to first baseman Jesse Wierzbicki, who tagged Shaffer for the second out. Epps eventually struck out on a pitch up and out of the zone and the Tar Heels won 4-3.

"It's probably the craziest thing I've seen happen," Boyd said. "I thought it was a ball, the umpire kind of made a late call and by that time Richie was off."

Clemson wasted a solid performance by freshman right-hander Dominic Leone in his first weekend start. Leone scattered seven total hits, struck out three and walked one.

"He pitched as well as I could expect out of him," Leggett said. Ed McGranahan, Greenville News.

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