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Darnell homers 3 times to lead USC

COLUMBIA -- James Darnell hit three home runs to lead South Carolina to a 13-7 win over Kentucky on Saturday.

Darnell went 4-for-5 and drove in six runs. It's the second time this season the junior has tied a school record with three home runs in a game.

Phil Disher and Reese Havens also hit home runs as the Gamecocks (17-7, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) pounded out 16 hits and led 9-3 after four innings.

Collin Cowgill went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs for the Wildcats (22-3, 5-3).

South Carolina starter Will Atwood (3-0) got the win, while Kentucky starter Scott Green (2-1) gave up eight runs and lasted just three innings to pick up the loss.

• MARYLAND 5, CLEMSON 3 -- In College Park, Md., Maryland made the most of its six hits and capitalized on two key Tiger errors to down Clemson in front of 579 fans at Shipley Field.

Meanwhile, the Tigers only scored three of their 14 baserunners and left 11 men on base, including eight in scoring position. The Terrapins, who evened the series at 1-1, improved to 14-12 overall and 3-8 in the ACC, while Clemson fell to 17-8 overall and 5-6 in ACC play.

Lefty Adam Kolarek (1-0) pitched 4 1-3 superb innings in relief to earn his first career win. He allowed two hits, no runs, and one walk with one strikeout. Matt Quinn retired the last batter to pick up his fourth save of the season.

Tiger reliever Justin Sarratt (1-1) allowed one run on two hits in 2 innings pitched, as he suffered the loss. Starter Graham Stoneburner pitched 5 innings, allowing just three hits, no earned runs, and no walks with four strikeouts.

Jeff Schaus paced Clemson with two doubles.

The Tigers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning. With two outs, John Hinson singled up the middle and scored on Stan Widmann's double to left-center.

In the third inning, the Tigers tacked on two runs to take a 3-0 lead. Schaus hit a one-out double down the right-field line and Doug Hogan followed with a double down the left field line to score Schaus. Ben Paulsen hit a single to center, as Hogan stopped at third base. Two batters later with two outs, Wilson Boyd struck out swinging. However, the ball bounced to the backstop, allowing Hogan to score and Boyd to reach first base on the wild pitch.

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