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Winthrop baseball runs Big South win streak to 11 with win over Longwood

Senior John Menken hit the game-tying triple and scored the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning to lift the Winthrop baseball team past Longwood 2-1 on Thursday night.

The Eagles (36-17, 14-8 Big South) extend their conference winning streak to 11 games. The Lancers fell to 21-30 and 9-12.

Travis Shelley earned the win, holding the Lancers to just one hit in the final 1 1/3 innings. Sam Kmiec and Micheal Green combined to allow just one run on three hits in the first 7 2/3 innings. Travis Burnette took the loss, giving up both runs on one hit in 2 1/3 innings.

After being held to just two hits in the first eight innings, Menken tripled to right center field to bring home Jake Sullivan, after coming in to pinch run for Mark Lowrie who had walked. Menken then scored the game winner on a wild pitch. Shelley struck out two out of the final three batters to get the win.

Longwood took the lead in the seventh inning as C.J. Roth crossed the plate from third on a throwing error by Menken. Roth singled, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error on a failed pickoff attempt by Green.

The teams continue the series Friday night at 6 p.m. in Farmville, Va.

Clemson 4, No. 9 Florida State 1: Matthew Crownover allowed just one run on five hits in seven innings pitched to lead Clemson in Tallahassee, Fla., at Dick Howser Stadium. The Tigers, who took a 1-0 lead in the series, improved to 29-25 overall and 14-13 in the ACC. The Seminoles fell to 37-17 overall and 17-11 in ACC play.

With the victory, Clemson clinched its spot in the ACC tournament, which will be held next week at Durham (N.C.) Bulls Athletic Park.

Crownover (10-1) earned the win by giving up just five hits, one run and three walks with five strikeouts. He became the first Tiger with 10 wins since 2013 (Daniel Gossett) and the first Tiger lefthander with double-digit wins since 1996 (Ken Vining). Pat Krall pitched the final 2.0 innings to record his third save of the season. Seminole starter Boomer Biegalski (5-4) suffered the loss, as he yielded eight hits, four runs (two earned) and three walks with six strikeouts in 6.0 innings pitched.

Dylan Busby led off the second inning with a home run, then Chris Okey belted a run-scoring double in the fourth inning to tie the score. Steven Duggar hit a run-scoring single in the fifth inning to extend his hitting streak to 12 games and Clemson scored single runs in the sixth and seventh innings, both on Seminole errors.

The series continues Friday at 6 p.m.

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