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Chants starter gets 10 Ks to beat Eagles

Winthrop fell to the nationally-ranked Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 11-7 on Sunday afternoon.

The Eagles' record drops to 21-24 overall and 9-11 in Big South play, while the Chanticleers improve to 41-6, 19-0.

Matteo D'Angelo (6-4) took the loss, throwing 6 innings. He allowed six runs (five earned) on nine hits, two walks and four strikeouts.

Cody Wheeler (9-0) hurled 6 innings and gave up three runs on seven hits, three walks and 10 strikeouts to pick up the win.

Austin Fleet (6) earned the save, pitching 1/3 inning and striking out one batter.

"It was a game where we were in it for awhile," said head coach Joe Hudak. "We had some opportunities early against Wheeler, but we weren't able to get big hits when we needed them. We battled back in the end, but just didn't have enough."

Coastal Carolina broke the game open with five runs in the bottom of the seventh to go ahead 11-3. Adam Rice, Taylor Motter, Steve Davis, Chance Gilmore and Rico Noel each posted an RBI each in the seventh inning.

Chas Crane cut the deficit to 11-4 in the top of the eighth with his solo home run to right field for his 11th home run of the season. The 11 homers by Crane tie Eddie Rohan for first on the team in that category.

Winthrop tried to rally in the top of the ninth, but scored only three runs to make it an 11-7 game. Tyler Cook started the scoring with an RBI single to right field, while Sean Sullivan added an RBI single and Adam Gliebe drew a bases load walk against reliever Matt Laney.

Four different Eagle batters posted two hits on the afternoon and Cook had a team-high two RBI. Motter and Davis led the Chanticleers with three hits each, while Jose Iglesias and Motter had three RBI each.

Winthrop and Coastal Carolina will wrap up their three-game series today at 1 p.m.

WINTHROP UNIVERSITY

CLEMSON 7, MARYLAND 5: Kyle Parker's three-run homer in the sixth inning gave Clemson the lead and Tomas Cruz pitched 42/3 scoreless innings of one-hit ball in relief to propel Clemson to a road win.

The Tigers, who swept the series 3-0 and won their sixth game in a row, improved to 31-17 overall and 14-10 in the ACC. The Terrapins fell to 16-37, 4-23.

The Tigers jumped out to a 2-1 lead after two innings, then Maryland tied the score 3-3 in the fourth inning. After the Terrapins scored two runs in the fifth inning to take a 5-3 lead, the Tigers scored four two-out runs in the sixth inning to close out the scoring.

Cruz (3-2) allowed just one hit, no runs, and no walks with four strikeouts. It was a career-long outing for the senior righthander.

Adam Kolarek (1-3), the second of three Maryland hurlers, took the loss. He yielded four hits, four runs, and one walk with seven strikeouts in 5 innings pitched.

In the sixth inning, the Tigers scored four runs after the first two batters of the frame were retired. Will Lamb hit a two-out single up the middle, stole second, and moved to third on Mike Freeman's infield single that extended his hitting streak to 16 games. Lamb scored on a passed ball and John Hinson walked. Parker then belted an opposite-field, three-run homer to right field, his 17th long ball of the season, to give Clemson a 7-5 lead.

Lamb had a team-high two hits for the Tigers, who had seven hits, seven walks, and one hit-by-pitch in the game. Parker added three RBIs on his home run, while Hinson scored two runs. Miller's 10-game hitting streak came to an end as well.

David Poutier went 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI to lead the Terrapins.

Clemson faces Furman in Greenville on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

KENTUCKY 9, SOUTH CAROLINA 3 : Host Kentucky erased an early 3-0 deficit and scored nine unanswered runs on its way to a win in the rubber game of a three-game SEC series.

Kentucky is 26-21 and 9-15 in the SEC while the loss drops South Carolina to 36-11, 17-7. It is the first time this season that the Gamecocks have lost an SEC series, ending a streak of 10 consecutive SEC series dating back to the 2009 season.

Kentucky starting pitcher Alex Meyer (5-2) worked seven innings in the Wildcat victory. He allowed three runs, all unearned, on four hits with six strikeouts, three walks and two hit batters.

Gamecock reliever Jose Mata (5-1) took the loss, allowing one run on one hit in 2/3 innings of work.

South Carolina went ahead 3-0 in the top of the first inning. Carolina caught a break as Christian Walker reached base with two outs on a fielding error by second baseman Chris Bisson, who was unable to come up with the backhand attempt, allowing Walker to reach base. Kentucky starter Alex Meyer didn't help himself as he hit Nick Ebert with a 0-2 pitch to put a pair of runners on base.

Adrian Morales drove in the first run with a single up the middle that scored Walker. Adam Matthews followed with a base hit to right center, plating Ebert. With runners on the corners, Kentucky catcher Marcus Nidiffer couldn't handle a high pitch from Meyer and had a passed ball, allowing Matthews to score.

The Wildcats tallied three solo home runs in the first four innings to tie the game at 3.

Kentucky went ahead 4-3 in the top of the fifth inning. With one out, Chris Bisson stole second base and scored on Chad Wright's single up the middle.

Kentucky increased the lead in the bottom of the seventh to increase the lead when Neiko Johnson was hit by a pitch with one out and Bisson drew a walk to give the Wildcats a pair of runners. After a fielder's choice nabbed Bisson, the Wildcats had runners on the corners with two outs. On a 1-0 pitch, Gunner Glad knocked a high chopper to short that Bobby Haney could not handle, allowing Johnson to score.

Kentucky finished off the scoring in the eighth inning with four runs. Cory Farris had a RBI double and Bisson had a key two-run single as the Wildcats increased the advantage to 9-3.

South Carolina hosts Wofford on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The game will be televised live on SportSouth.

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