Baseball roundup: USC, Clemson drop conference series openers

sports@islandpacket.comMarch 15, 2014 

COLUMBIA -- Auston Bousfield's two-out grand slam in the top of the sixth inning lifted 12th-ranked Ole Miss to a 6-4 win over top-ranked South Carolina on Friday night at Carolina Stadium.

Due to the weather forecast on Sunday, the Gamecocks and Rebels have adjusted the weekend series schedule with the two teams to meet in a doubleheader at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Ole Miss starter Chris Ellis (3-0) worked 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on 10 hits to earn the win. Jordan Montgomery (3-1) suffered the loss, working six innings, allowing six runs, all earned, on six hits with three walks and five strikeouts.

Max Schrock homered in the bottom of the first to tie the game, and South Carolina (16-1, 0-1 SEC) scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 4-1 lead over Ole Miss (17-2, 1-0).

The Rebels responded in the top of the fifth with a solo home run off the bat of Austin Anderson, cutting South Carolina's lead to two runs.

Ole Miss went ahead 6-4 in the top of the sixth. After shortstop Brantley Bell knocked a 1-0 pitch to the corner in left field for a double, Montgomery hit Sikes Orvis and walked pinch hitter Colby Bortles to set the stage for Bousfield. With the bases loaded, Bousfield knocked a 2-0 pitch into the stands in left field, driving in four runs and giving the Rebels the lead.

Schrock went 4-for-5 with a pair of RBI and two runs scored. Martin and Bright each accounted for a RBI while English added a pair of hits and scored a run.

Wake Forest 4, No. 14 Clemson 3

Behind two runs in the eighth inning, Wake Forest rallied to top No. 14 Clemson 4-3 at Wake Forest Baseball Park Friday night. The Demon Deacons (13-6, 3-1 ACC) took a 1-0 series lead over the Tigers (10-6, 3-1 ACC).

In the eighth inning, Charlie Morgan's run-scoring, bloop single tied the score, then Ben Breazeale laced a run-scoring double to left-center to give Wake Forest (13-6, 3-1 ACC) the lead for good. Chris Okey's two-out, three-run homer on an 0-2 pitch ihad given Clemson (10-6, 3-1) a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning.

Starter Jack Fischer (2-1) earned the win, while Aaron Fossas recorded his fourth save of the year. Tiger reliever Clate Schmidt (2-3) suffered the loss.

Due to the threat of inclement weather Sunday, the series will conclude with a 1 p.m. doubleheader Saturday.

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