Originally created 03/10/02

Jaguars outslug West Liberty



Augusta State broke a 10-all tie with an 11-run eighth inning as the No. 17 Jaguars defeated West Liberty 21-10 Saturday at Jaguar Field.

The teams exchanged runs all afternoon before Augusta State's outburst.

Matt May and Sam Barth led the 18-hit onslaught with four hits apiece and Ricky Buffkin, Jason Kirkland and Andre Hanks each had two hits.

Chris Cooper, Hanks and Buffkin all hit home runs for Augusta State (18-5), who will conclude their two-game series with West Liberty today at noon.

USC AIKEN 16, LINCOLN MEMORIAL 15

In Aiken, USC Aiken survived a ninth-inning rally by Lincoln Memorial to beat at J.H. Satcher Field on Saturday.

The Pacers' Adam Green started the ninth, but was quickly pulled after allowing two runners to reach base. Former Greenbrier standout Bradley Key came in and promptly gave up a two-run double to Mike Kaywood and a three-run homer to Wade Vincent. Key settled down and struck out the next two batters to earn his fourth save of the season.

USC Aiken reliever Mitch Hearne (3-0) picked up the win after coming in for starter Paul Ferrell who lasted 4 1/3 innings.

USC Aiken scored in every inning but the fourth, and Clint Keown, Tony Hanks and Key each had four of USC Aiken's 22 hits. Demetrick Drumming, Ashley Farr, Sean Tiernan and Ashley Morgan each collected two hits.

Lincoln Memorial and USC Aiken will conclude their series at 2 p.m. today.

SOUTH CAROLINA 6, SETON HALL 2

Garris Gonce had a homer and three RBIs, and Yaron Peters homered to lead South Carolina to a victory over Seton Hall on Saturday.

The Gamecocks (13-2) also got a career-high 12 strikeouts from starter Gary Bell (4-0) in 7 2/3 innings.

Steven Bondurant picked up his first career save when he pitched South Carolina out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning.

But it was Gonce who got things going early. After Drew Meyer reached on an error in the first inning and scored on Peters' groundout, Gonce followed with his seventh home run of the season to give the Gamecocks a 3-0 lead.

Meyer and Gonce added two more runs in the third. Meyer singled, stole second and third, then came home on Gonce's double. Gonce got in on a passed ball.

Peters had a leadoff homer in the fifth inning as South Carolina went up 6-0.

And it looked more than enough with Bell on the mound. But Seton Hall (2-9) tried to rally with two runs in the eighth on hits by Todd Crawford and Anthony Seratelli and Bell's wild pitch.

The Pirates loaded the bases the next inning, but Bondurant came in and got the out. He shut down Seton Hall in order in the ninth to close things out.

Seton Hall's Chris Noonan (1-3) got the loss.

CLEMSON 9, PURDUE 6

Michael Johnson had a grand slam and Clemson held on through a long rain-delay to defeat Purdue.

Johnson's blast to center in the fifth inning was his fourth homer in his last five games and helped the Tigers (9-0) to a 9-1 lead.

David Slevin singled, Khalil Greene doubled and Jeff Baker walked to load the bases ahead of Johnson. It was his seventh homer of the season. Jarrod Schmidt followed with a shot off the scoreboard. Slevin, the second baseman who went 3-for-4 at the plate, had a sacrifice fly later in the inning to finish the scoring.

However, Purdue had the bases loaded when the rains came to delay the game for an hour and 20 minutes. When play resumed, the Boilermakers (2-6) rallied with four runs.

Purdue threatened again in the ninth inning, scoring a run before reliever Paul Harrleson ended the game and earned his fourth save of the year.

Clemson starter Matt Henrie (2-0) allowed only two hits in six innings for the victory.

Purdue's Dustin Glant (0-1) took the loss, giving up nine hits and eight runs in 4 1/3 innings.