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Eagles, Gamecocks win; Tigers fall

Winthrop defeated VMI 6-5 in the first game of a three-game Big South series on Friday at Gray-Minor Stadium.

The Eagles improve to 22-25 on the season and 10-12 in conference play, while the Keydets fall to 30-17 overall and 11-11 in the conference.

Matteo D'Angelo (7-4) picked up the win tossing six innings, allowing three runs on three hits, two walks and eight strikeouts. Adam Lopez (5-3) took the loss throwing 6 2-3 innings. Tyler Mizenko (5) earned the save.

"This was a big ballgame for us," Winthrop coach Joe Hudak said. "We got some big hits tonight."

Winthrop was able to jump out to a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the second after scoring one run each in the first and second innings. Matt Thielepape drove in Tyler Cook with his RBI double off the center field for the first run of the game and Patrick Gamblin came up with a first-pitch leadoff homer to left field in the second. The home run was Gamblin's fifth of the season.

Winthrop and the Keydets will resume their series onat 6 p.m. today.

Winthrop University

SOUTH CAROLINA 3, ARKANSAS 2 -- In Fayetteville, Ark., Jackie Bradley Jr.'s one-out double in the top of the seventh inning broke a 2-2 tie and Gamecocks starting pitcher Blake Cooper allowed just two runs on three hits in seven innings of work to improve to 10-0 on the year as South Carolina defeated Arkansas in the first game of a three-game SEC series.

The Gamecocks are 39-11 and 18-7 in the SEC while the loss drops Arkansas to 38-12 and 16-9 in conference play.

The pitching match-up between Cooper and Arkansas starter Drew Smyly lived up to the billing as both pitchers battled and matched each other inning after inning and limited the teams to baserunners through the first two-thirds of the game. With the score deadlocked at 2 in the seventh, USC made its move as Whit Merrifield reached base with one out on a bunt single. That set the table for Bradley, who stroked a 1-2 pitch from Smyly to the gap in left center that scored Merrifield and put the Gamecocks in front.

Blake Cooper's 10th win gives him 31 now for his career at USC and ties him for sixth on the Gamecocks career victories list.

The two teams will meet in game two of the series at 3:05 p.m. today.

University of South Carolina

WAKE FOREST 9, CLEMSON 5 -- In Winston-Salem, N.C., the Tigers put more runners on base, but Wake Forest scored nine runs, including eight in the fourth inning, to defeat Clemson in front of 803 fans at Wake Forest Baseball Park. The Demon Deacons, who took a 1-0 series lead, improved to 14-35 overall and 5-20 in the ACC. The Tigers, who saw their seven-game winning streak snapped, fell to 32-18 overall and 14-11 in ACC play.

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the third inning, but the Demon Deacons scored eight runs on six hits in the fourth inning. Six of Wake Forest's 10 hits came in the fourth. The Tigers put 17 runners on base to Wake Forest's 15, but the Demon Deacons capitalized with the big fourth inning.

Clemson and Wake Forest will play the second game of the series at 6 p.m. today.

Clemson University