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North Greenville

The Claflin University and North Greenville University baseball teams will meet for the second time this season, when they take the field on Wednesday in a non-conference match-up at 6 p.m. at Mirmow Field.

Claflin will enter the contest with an 11-23 record, following last weekend's Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) East Division doubleheader split with Albany State University (ASU). Both games were close, as the Panthers won the opener, 5-2, in eighth innings on a walk-off three-run homer from Johnathan Parnell II. The second game saw ASU rally for an 8-7 win.

Meanwhile, the NGU Crusaders claimed a 2-1 series win over the University of Mount Olive in a Conference Carolinas meeting this past weekend. NGU improved to 30-6 for the season.

In the first encounter this season (on March 20), NGU defeated the Panthers 10-4.

In the game, the Crusaders jumped out to 4-0 lead after four innings, only to see Claflin pulled within a run at 4-3 heading into the bottom of the sixth. In their half of the sixth, NGU scored three runs followed by three more over the next two innings in building a 10-3 lead.

Claflin had only one earned run in the contest, a ground out by Tavion Towers that scored Clyde Parker from third base. Eric McElveen had two hits to lead the Panthers at the plate.

On the season, Darrell Langston leads Claflin with a .419 batting average that includes 10 home runs and 38 RBI.

Parnell is second on the team in hitting with a .376 average with four home runs and 23 RBI, followed by Grayland Fowler at .316 and 27 RBI.

The top pitchers for the Panthers are Cleveland Westbrook (5-1) and Dillon Parker (3-3).

Connor Grant is the top offensive run producer for NGU with nine home runs and 38 RBI to go with a .383 batting average, while former USC Gamecock John Jones is hitting for a .388 average with five home runs and 36 RBI.

As for pitching, Tucker Burgess tops the NGU staff with a 10-1 record. Two other pitchers have posted five wins apiece.

Clemson men's

hoops schedule

GREENSBORO — Five teams that advanced to the 2018 NCAA Tournament will come to Littlejohn Coliseum to face Clemson University men’s basketball during the 2018-19 season.

The Atlantic Coast Conference announced the 18 conference match-ups for each of its 15 men’s basketball teams for the upcoming season.

The match-ups released only designate the 18-game home and away opponents. Specific dates and times for each game will be announced later this summer after selections by the league’s television partners are finalized.

Among the ACC programs coming to Clemson this season will be the defending regular season and ACC Tournament champion Virginia Cavaliers. The other eight teams visiting will be Florida State, Syracuse, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Boston College, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and Pittsburgh.

Of the nine teams, five advanced to the 2018 NCAA Tournament with Florida State advancing to the Elite Eight and Syracuse advancing to the Sweet 16.

Clemson will play 18 conference games, nine at home and nine on the road. The Tigers will play home-and-homes against Florida State, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh and Syracuse. Clemson will only play on the road against Duke, Louisville, Miami, Notre Dame and NC State.

The 2019 New York Life ACC Tournament is scheduled for March 12-16 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Starting with 2019-20 season, the ACC will begin a 20-game league schedule.

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