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Winthrop baseball completes sweep, stretches Big South winning streak to 10 games

The Winthrop baseball team completed a sweep of Presbyterian and extended its conference winning streak to 10 games, the longest since 2007, with a 7-2 victory on Sunday afternoon.

The Eagles are now 35-16 overall and 13-8 in the Big South while the Blue Hose fall to 24-27 and 4-17 in conference action.

Winthrop head coach Tom Riginos was extremely happy with the way his team played this weekend, especially for his seniors. “It’s always good when you can have a winning weekend for ‘Senior Day,’” says Riginos.

Babe Thomas got three hits in four at-bats, with two RBIs and one run.

Josh Strong earned his seventh win of the year, allowing two runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. Joey Strain closed out the final 2 2/3 innings and held the Blue Host to just one hit. Tanner Chock took the loss, surrendering five runs on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings.

Tyler Weyenberg put the Blue Hose on top in the third inning, scoring from second on a single by Jay Lizanich.

Anthony Paulsen tied it up in the bottom of the third, coming home on a single to right center field by Mark Lowrie after singling through the right side and stealing second.

Presbyterian took back the lead in the top of the fourth when Jacob Midkiff crossed the plate as Brandon Martin reached on fielder’s choice that threw Rob Koski out at second.

Winthrop then jumped out to a three-run lead in the fifth inning. Brad Kaczka led off with a single and advanced to second as Paulsen grounded out. Kaczka scored on a single by Mark Lowrie before Menken walked. Lowrie crossed the plate on a single by Jace Whitley that advanced Menken to second. Menken moved to third on a fielding error by the right fielder on the play before coming home on a single by Thomas.

Babe Thomas got his fifth home run of the season in the bottom of the seventh, slamming the ball over the left field fence to bring the score to 7-2.

South Carolina quiets Aggies 8-7

South Carolina breathed life into its postseason hopes with an 8-7 series-clinching win Sunday against No. 3 Texas A&M.

The Gamecocks, hitting .251 as a team coming in to the weekend, exploded for 31 runs to win their third SEC series of season.

Kyle Martin had three hits, including a home run, and four RBIs in the victory. The senior first baseman had three homers in the series. Elliott Caldwell drove in two runs.

USC had 12 hits on Sunday, giving the team 41 on the weekend.

Josh Reagan (2-2) earned the win in relief of starter Matt Vogel, while Brandon Murray recorded his second save.

Clemson falls 7-4 to Georgia Southern

Ryan Cleveland’s two-out single in the seventh inning scored Kody Adams for the go-ahead run in Georgia Southern’s 7-4 win over Clemson at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Eagles, who snapped Clemson’s 11-game winning streak in the series, improved to 28-23. The Tigers, who won the series 2-1, fell to 27-25.

Clemson jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning thanks to Chris Okey’s sacrifice fly and Weston Wilson’s two-out single that scored Steven Duggar, who extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a double. The Eagles tied the score with two runs in the fifth inning. Tyler Slaton gave Clemson the lead in the sixth inning when he ripped a double to score Robert Jolly, but Chase Griffin hit an RBI groundout and Cleveland laced a two-out, run-scoring single in the seventh inning to give the Eagles the lead for good. Cleveland, who was 4-for-5 with five RBIs and a double, added a three-run homer in the ninth inning.