Former Clemson pitcher etches name in record books

Former Clemson left-handed pitcher Brian Adams has etched his name in the record books of the Somerset Patriots, members of the independent Atlantic League.

Adams, who played at Clemson for three years (1997-99) before spending his senior season at Liberty University, set a new Somerset single-season record for most victories with 13.

A 6-foot-3, 190-pound native of Bishopville, Adams (13-2) pitched a two-hit shutout in a 3-0 victory over the Lancaster Barnstormers in the first game of a doubleheader last Tuesday. He struck out six batters and walked only one.

The previous Somerset record of 12 victories was jointly help by Justin Jensen (1999), Ricardo Jordan (2002) and former South Carolina standout Brett Jodie (2003).

The 29-year-old Adams leads the Atlantic League is victories (13) and strikeouts (97). He was picked by the San Diego Padres in the 1999 First-Year Player Draft but didn't sign. The Boston Red Sox then selected him in the eighth round of the 2000 draft. He has spent time in the Red Sox and Milwaukee Brewers organizations with four seasons at the Double-A level.

• ROLLINS ROLLS ON: Ex-Winthrop pitcher Heath Rollins became the minor leagues' first 15-game winner last week for the Class A South Atlantic League Columbus Catfish.

Rollins ran his record to 15-4 with a 16-7 victory over Asheville, going six innings, allowing five hits, three runs, walking one batter and striking out seven.

The Tampa Bay Devil Rays' 11th-round pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, Rollins has won five straight games and is 8-1 in his past 10 appearances.

Rollins is tied for most victories in the SAL with 15, second in strikeouts (140), fourth in ERA (2.57) and fifth in innings pitched (147.1).

• EX-KNIGHT SHINES: Former Charlotte Knights OF Joe Borchard has been on a tear since being sent to the minor leagues by the Florida Marlins.

The switch-hitting Borchard, who played for the Knights in parts of four seasons (2002-05), drove in five runs on Thursday for Albuquerque in a 10-0 victory over Memphis. Borchard hit a bases-loaded double and scored in the third inning for the Isotopes. Then he smacked a two-run single and scored another run in the seventh inning.

It was the second time in five days Borchard had driven in five runs in a Pacific Coast League game. He knocked in five runs, including a two-run homer, against Omaha last Sunday. Since being demoted, the 28-year-old Borchard is batting .432 with five homers and 18 RBIs.

Borchard was sent to Albuquerque after hitting only .196 with four homers and 19 RBIs in 85 games with the Marlins.

• ON DECK: The Charlotte Knights continue their final road trip of the season with a 2 p.m. game today at Richmond which is affiliated with the Atlanta Braves.

After the series at Richmond, the Knights move on to Norfolk, (Baltimore Orioles) and then win up the road trip with two games at Durham (Tampa Bay Devil Rays).

The Knights play host to Durham's Bulls on Sept. 2 at 2:15 p.m. and Monday at 12:15 p.m. in the final two games of the 2007 season.

• EXTRA BASES: Ex-Winthrop IF Chris Carrara has returned to action for Charleston, S.C., of the Class A South Atlantic League after a stint on the disabled list. Carrara is batting .250 for the RiverDogs, an affiliate of the New York Yankees ... Charlotte Knights IF Adam Ricks ended an 0-for-24 slump with a pinch-hit single against Indianapolis a week ago ... OF Luis Terrero, who opened the season with the Knights and is currently with the parent Chicago White Sox, may return for a rehab assignment ... A couple of players in the Little League World Series have familiar names. Lake Oswego, Ore., pitcher Mitch Lomax is the son of former-NFL QB Neil Lomax. Chandler, Ariz., pitcher Cody Bellinger is the son of ex-Major League infielder-outfielder Clay Bellinger ... Former Knights RHP Tanyon Sturtze, who played for the club in 1999, has been given his unconditional release by the Atlanta Braves. Sturtze has not fully recovered from shoulder surgery last year.