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Winthrop, USC and Clemson all win big

Robert Lake tossed the second complete game of his career on Saturday and lifted Winthrop to an 8-2 win over VMI at Gray-Minor Stadium in the second of three-game series.

The Eagles improve to 23-25 on the season and 11-12 in the conference, while the Keydets fall to 30-18 overall and 11-12 in conference play.

Lake allowed only two runs in the contest on eight hits, three walks and eight strikeouts. It is the second complete game thrown by a Winthrop pitcher this season as Matteo D'Angelo also threw a complete game on May 1 against Presbyterian. Jason Farley (4-3) took the loss surrendering four runs on nine hits, one walk and four strikeouts in six innings of work.

"Watching Robert pitch tonight reminded me of his performance against Liberty in the Big South tournament last year where he was dominant," Winthrop coach Joe Hudak said. "He was like that tonight. Robert was on and threw a great ballgame."

Matt Thielepape gave the Eagles a 2-0 lead in the top of the first with his two-RBI home run to left field. The homer was Thielepape's ninth of the season.

VMI was able to cut the deficit to 2-1 in its half of the first on an RBI double to right center field by Graham Sullivan, but Winthrop extended its lead to three runs at 4-1 in the fifth inning on a two-run homer to left center field by Eddie Rohan.

The Eagles and Keydets will conclude their three-game series at 5 p.m. today.

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CLEMSON 17, WAKE FOREST 5 -- In Winston-Salem, N.C., the Tigers scored 10 runs in the fifth inning en route to a victory over Wake Forest, evening the series at one game apiece while improving their record to 33-18 overall and 15-11 in the ACC. The Demon Deacons fell to 14-36 overall and 5-21 in ACC play.

Kyle Parker and Brad Miller hit home runs in the first and second innings, respectively, to give the Tigers an early 3-0 lead. The Demon Deacons tied the score with three runs in the fourth inning, but Clemson erupted for 10 runs on seven hits in the fifth inning to put the game out of reach.

Tiger starter Scott Weismann (5-2) pitched five innings to earn the win. He allowed seven hits, four runs, and three walks with four strikeouts.

Kevin Brady, Jonathan Meyer, and David Haselden combined to pitch the final four innings to close out the game.

Michael Dimock (2-9), the first of seven Demon Deacon pitchers, suffered the loss. He yielded four hits, seven runs (six earned), and one walk with five strikeouts in four innings pitched.

The Tigers took the game's first lead in the first inning.

John Hinson worked a two-out walk and Parker followed with a two-run homer to center, his 18th long ball of the season and sixth of his career against the Demon Deacons. It was also Parker's 44th career home run, which moved him into sole possession of eighth place in the Tiger recordbook.

Miller led off the second inning with a long solo home run to right field, his fifth long ball of the year and second of the series.

In the fourth inning, Ryan Semeniuk led off with a double off the wall in left-center and moved to third on Steven Brooks' groundout. Mike Murray then belted an opposite-field, two-run homer down the left-field line on a 3-0 pitch, his fourth long ball of the season. Two batters later, Mac Williamson lined a single to center, stole second, and scored on Carlos Lopez's two-out double to left-center to tie the score 3-3.

Clemson and Wake Forest will play the series-finale at 1 p.m. today.

Clemson University

SOUTH CAROLINA 5, ARKANSAS 0 -- In Fayetteville, N.C., USC starting pitcher Sam Dyson pitched a six-hit complete game shutout with the offense backed by a two-run homer by Brady Thomas as the Gamecocks defeated Arkansas to clinch a three-game SEC baseball series at Baum Stadium.

The Gamecocks are now 40-11 and 19-7 in the SEC while the loss drops Arkansas to 38-13 and 16-10 in conference play. With the win, it marks the 11th straight season that USC has won 40 or more games dating back to 2000.

Dyson had a tremendous outing as he limited the Razorbacks to just six hits and walked only two on the afternoon.

He struck out eight batters and went to only three three-ball counts in the game. He is now 5-4 on the year. This is his second complete game shutout of the season and the third by a Gamecock pitcher. Dyson hurled a seven-inning complete game shutout in a win over Georgia and Blake Cooper had a complete game shutout in a win over Ole Miss. Arkansas starting pitcher Mike Bolsinger suffered the loss and is now 5-3 on the year. He worked 7 2-3 innings and allowed five runs, four earned, on five hits with six strikeouts and two walks.

"I was happy to see Dyson have a great day," USC coach Ray Tanner said. "He pitched extremely well. Bolsinger matched him for the most part for Arkansas. Dyson works hard and his velocity was good today. He gave us a chance to win and we played great defense behind him."

The Gamecocks took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Adrian Morales reached base with one out on a fielder's choice and Brady Thomas drew a two-out walk to give USC a pair of runners. On a 3-1 pitch, Bobby Haney drove a RBI single up the middle scoring Morales.

That lead was extended to 3-0 in the top of the fourth as Thomas delivered with a two-run homer to right center. Jeffery Jones reached base with a leadoff single and advanced to second on a wild pitch by Bolsinger. With two outs and a 1-0 count, Thomas drilled his seventh home run of the year to right field. Thomas has now tallied 19 extra base hits out of his 30 hits for the season.

Heading into the season, the Gamecocks were one of only eight Division I schools and the only SEC school to have recorded 40 or more wins each year dating back to 2000.

USC will either start sophomore left-hander Nolan Belcher (3-0, 2.19 ERA) or freshman left-hander Tyler Webb (2-2, 3.82 ERA) in today's series finale. The starter Arkansas is to be announced.

The two teams will meet in the series finale set for 2:05 p.m. today.

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