South Carolina State will hold their annual Garnet and Blue Spring game Saturday at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium, beginning at noon. Admission is free to the public.
Anyone attending the event is asked to sit on the home side of the stadium. Season tickets are on sale and can be purchased at the SC State Ticket Office on Saturday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
The annual contest will match the SC State offense against the Bulldog defense, with the defense scoring using a special points system.
All proceeds will support the Lift-A-Bulldog Program. Sponsorships are available upon request.
Bulldog head coach Buddy Pough is entering his 18th season (125-71 record) at the helm. SCSU will play an 11-game schedule, beginning in the season-opener at 6 p.m. on August, 31st at home vs. Wofford College.
For more information on Bulldog Football, visit www.scsuathletics.com or call the Office of Athletic Media Relations at (803)-536-7060.
Claflin travels to Clark Atlanta
ATLANTA – The Black College Nines HBCU third-ranked Claflin University Panthers will face their fifth Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) baseball opponent this season in Clark Atlanta University.
The doubleheader gets underway on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Bill Evans Field in Atlanta. The weekend was originally setup for a three-game series but due to impending inclement weather, the third game of the series set for Sunday has been cancelled.
Claflin is 8-2 against teams from the SIAC this season with series wins over Mile College (2-1), Tuskegee University (2-1) and Morehouse College (3-0) and a win over Benedict College. After the three-game set with Clark Atlanta, which is 9-20 on the season, Claflin will wrap up competition within the SIAC, taking on Benedict twice, April 17 in Columbia and April 22 in Orangeburg.
The Panthers routed Benedict 18-8 in the first meeting this past Wednesday for their sixth straight win behind the outstanding performance of Eric McElveen, who drove in five runs with a perfect 4-for-4 performance at the plate. The win ran Claflin season record to 20-10.
During the Panthers' winning streak, the offense has scored 69 runs (11.5 average per game), batted .351 (61-for-174) with includes seven home runs and 17 doubles. Overall, Claflin is hitting .314 with 248 hits and 20 home runs.
The leader of the pack is first basemen McElveen, who’s hitting .422 with 43 hits (team-high), four home runs and 31 RBIs followed by outfielder Craig Hopkins at .385 at the plate, five homers (team-leader) and 31 RBIs.
Catcher Clyde Parker is the team’s top run producer with 34 RBIs to go with a .385 batting average, Gerardic Dobbs is hitting .379 and 28 RBIs.
The Panther pitching staff is led by the trio of Cleveland Westbrook, Dillon Parker and Makai Holloway, who has accounted for 13 of the Claflin’s 20 wins.
Westbrook has collected the most victories on the mound at 5-2 (3.98 ERA) in 10 appearances that includes 58 strikes out in 54.1 innings, while Dillon Parker has posted a 4-1 record (4.65 ERA) in nine starts and fanned 38 batters in 50.1 innings. Holloway, also 4-1 and has the team’s lowest ERA at 1.86 with 26 strike outs in 29 innings of work.
Claflin softball rescheduled
The women's softball game between Claflin University and Livingstone scheduled for Sunday in Salisbury, North Carolina, has been rescheduled due to impending inclement weather. The teams will now face each other in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) doubleheader on Wednesday beginning at 1 p.m.,with the second game starting at approximately 3 p.m. in Salisbury.
Additionally, the Lady Panthers doubleheader at Benedict which was scheduled for April 17 has been postponed. A new date for the non-conference doubleheader has not been set.
For up-to-date information on Claflin softball visit the softball page at athletics.claflin.edu
Claflin baseball jumps
to 3rd in BCN HBCU Poll
The Claflin University baseball team jumped two spots to 3rd in the latest in the Black College Nines HBCU small schools poll announced Tuesday, Apr. 9. The poll is separated into two divisions, large schools (NCAA Division I) and small schools (NCAA Division II, NAIA and Independent).
The Panthers were ranked 5th in the poll two weeks ago. The standings are announced every other Tuesday through May 21, 2019.
Claflin has won six straight games. and heads to Atlanta this weekend to face Clark Atlanta in a three-game series, Saturday-Sunday. The teams will play a single game on Saturday and a doubleheader on Sunday.
Panthers baseball blasts
Benedict in 18-8 win
The Claflin University Panthers won their sixth straight game with an 18-8 decision over rival Benedict College in seven innings on Wednesday at Mirmow Field.
The winning streak is a season-high for Claflin, surpassing the mark of five straight earlier in the season.
The Panthers are now 20-10 overall and 16-8 at home this season.
Benedict dropped to 13-12 with the road loss.
The 18-run output is the second-highest this season for the Panthers, who scored 21 against The College of Saint Rose on March 6.
Eric McElveen led the Claflin hitting attack, going a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with two runs and 5 RBI followed by Clyde Parker at 2-for 3 with two runs and 3 RBI.
Other top hitters for the Panthers included Jalen Sprull, who was 3-for-4 along with an RBI and three runs scored, Craig Hopkins with a hit and 2 RBI, and Nicholas Johnson added two hits. Edzaviah Paul scored four runs for Claflin Panthers.
Benedict was led by Myles Snype, 2-for-4 with 2 RBI.
Angel Morel, 2-1, picked up the win on the mound for the Panthers, while Keati Buchanan, 0-2, suffered the loss for Benedict.
Swinney to be honored
at Dick Vitale Gala
Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney will be one of three major honorees at the 14th annual Dick Vitale Gala on May 10 in Sarasota, Fla.
Noted ESPN broadcaster Chris Fowler, and former NBA and college head coach, and NBA Championship player Avery Johnson also will be honored at the affair inside the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Sarasota, Fla. ESPN broadcasters Holly Rowe and Lee Corso also will be honored at the event.
The mission of the Dick Vitale Gala is to raise funds for premiere pediatric cancer research across the nation.
Clemson's Davidson named
to Golden Spikes Award
Midseason Watch List
CLEMSON - Junior shortstop Logan Davidson (Charlotte, N.C.) was one of 40 players named to the Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list on Wednesday. The award is presented each year by USA Baseball to the national player-of-the-year.
In 2019, Davidson is hitting .309 with 28 runs, eight doubles, one triple, nine homers, 32 RBIs, a .610 slugging percentage, .424 on-base percentage and 11 steals in 32 games. He also has reached base in 29 straight games.
SC State track set
for Gamecock event
The South Carolina State track and field teams will be a part of a large field participating in the Gamecock Invitational hosted by the University of South Carolina Saturday at the Cregger Track Complex. The competition begins at 9 a.m.
SC State is coming off a solid performance at the University of North Florida Invite in Jacksonville, FL, at which Coach Tim Langford’s teams combined for three firsts and several other podium finishes.
Expected to lead the Bulldogs are sprinters Tyrell Richard and Demek Kemp, and long jumper Daniel Seawright, all winners last week, along with women’s long jumper Breana Tyler, hammer thrower Keturah Hunter and hurdler WyKasha Space.
Claflin track & field heads to USC meet
The Claflin University men's and women's track and field teams will travel to Columbia Saturday to participate in the USC Gamecock Invitational hosted by the University of South Carolina. The meet, which will consist of over 1,000 student-athletes from the NCAA Division I, II, and III ranks as well as the NAIA and the NJCAA, will be held at the Sheila & Morris Cregger Track on the campus of the University of South Carolina.
Action gets underway at 9 a.m. with the women’s hammer in the field and the men’s 5000 meters on the track.
Claflin softball drops
two to Limestone
GAFFNEY - The Claflin University softball team dropped a mid-week non-conference doubleheader to Limestone College, 1-0, 8-0, at Babe Ruth Field in Gaffney on Thursday.
It marked the first time since late February that the Lady Panthers have dropped back-to-back games.
Claflin fell to 30-15 on the season, while Limestone moved to 17-21.
There was minimal hitting in game one, as the teams combined for just four hits, two by each team.
Chaston Huntly singled up the middle in the top of the fourth to record Claflin's first hit of the game and Kayla Cato got the team's second hit, as she led off the top of the seventh with a double to left field.
Huntly and Cato were the only two batters to reach base for the Lady Panthers, with both touching the bags twice.
Limestone’s lone run came in the bottom of the third, as a single by Vic Brewington to left field scored Ruthie Jackson who singled to shortstop to start the inning.
The Saints took control early in game two, scoring one run in the first and seven in the second to take an 8-0 lead by end of two.
After neither team scored in the third, Claflin offense appeared to have kicked into gear. The Lady Panthers placed their first two runners on base in the top of the fourth, Cato reached base on a passed ball by the catcher, following a strikeout and Huntly who singled to center field. Cato and Huntly were left stranded after the next three batters got out via a strikeout, a flyout and a groundout.
The Lady Panthers defense was solid in the bottom of the fourth, with a 1-2-3 inning, but could not score in the top of the fifth thus falling by the eight-run margin.
Huntly continued to play solidly, finishing game two, 2-for-2. Angel Johnson also went 2-for-2 in the contest.
Limestone was led in game two by Brewington who went 2-for-3 with a run and 3 RBI.
Claflin will return to action on Wednesday, when they close out Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association play at Livingstone College. The doubleheader, which was originally scheduled for Sunday, Apr. 14, will have a 1 p.m. first pitch for game one.