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USC women play Friday

COLUMBIA -- No. 12/13 South Carolina heads to Greenville for the 2019 SEC Women's Basketball Tournament this week. The second-seeded Gamecocks (21-8, 13-3 SEC) had a bye until Friday night's quarterfinals, when they will face the 10 seed, Arkansas, in a 6 p.m. game at Bon Secours Wellness Arena. South Carolina is the four-time reigning SEC Tournament champion.

SEC women's results

Tennessee 69, LSU 66

Missouri 87, Florida 56

Arkansas 86, Georgia 76

Auburn 53, Alabama 52

ACC women's results

Syracuse 67, Virginia 57

UNC 80, Ga. Tech 73

Clemson 80, Va. Tech 79

Florida St. 51, Duke 41

USC baseball vs. Valpo

COLUMBIA -- The University of South Carolina baseball team hosts Valparaiso in the team's last non-conference weekend series of the season.

The Gamecocks and Crusaders start the series Friday with first pitch at 4 p.m. at Founders Park. Game two will be Saturday at 4 p.m. with the series finale set for Sunday afternoon at 1:30 All three games will be streamed on SEC Network +.

Carolina had two games in the midweek, shutting out The Citadel 9-0 on Tuesday before falling to Gardner-Webb, 10-2, on Wednesday afternoon.

Probable pitchers are:

• Friday -- South Carolina Wesley Sweatt (Fr. RHP) 1-0 vs. Michael Kornacker (R-Sr. RHP) 0-1.

• Saturday -- South Carolina Reid Morgan (Jr. RHP) 2-0 vs. Jon Tieman (Jr. RHP) 1-1.

• Sunday -- South Carolina TBA vs. Colin Fields (Fr. RHP) 0-1.

Clemson baseball vs. Tar Heels

CLEMSON -- The No. 20 Tigers (9-3) begin ACC play with a three-game home series against No. 3 North Carolina (12-1) this weekend.

Games are Friday (6 p.m.), Saturday (3 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.)

Starting pitchers are:

• Friday -- RHP Gianluca Dalatri (UNC) vs. RHP Davis Sharpe (CU)

• Saturday -- RHP Tyler Baum (UNC) vs. LHP Mat Clark (CU)

• Sunday -- RHP Austin Bergner (UNC) vs. LHP Keyshawn Askew (CU)

Claflin baseball tops Saint Rose, 21-9

Claflin baseball rallied from down by as many as 6 runs on Wednesday to take a 21-9 home win against The College of Saint Rose in a game played at Mirmow Field.

Molik Brown hit a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth to put Claflin ahead 11-8 and Jalen Sprull followed with a two-run homer in the same inning to lead the Panthers' charge.

With their third straight win, the Panthers improved to 12-4 on the season. The Golden Knights fell to 1-5 after dropping an extra-inning contest to Augusta earlier in the day.

Chris Buford, who entered the game in the top of the sixth, was credited with the win for Claflin.

The Panthers, who beat Saint Rose for the first time since the 2017 season, will host Florida Southern College in a three-game series beginning on Friday.

Claflin hosts Florida Southern

 The Claflin University Panthers will be in search of their first-ever win over Florida Southern College this weekend when they host the Mocs in a three-game baseball series at Historic Mirmow Field.

 The first game is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Friday followed by the second on Saturday at 3 p.m. The series concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m.

 Claflin will be out to end a 12-game losing streak to Florida Southern dating back to the 2014 season. Florida Southern has swept all four of the three-game series with Claflin and currently holds the longest unbeaten streak against the Panthers.

 Francis Marion University held the previous longest of 16 games that ended earlier this season. Claflin upended Francis Marion 11-6 in the Pepsi Pop-Off Series in Florence during opening weekend (Feb. 2). Clyde Parker belted a grand slam and Cleveland Westbrook pitched a complete game in leading the Panthers to their first-ever win over the Patriots.

 Claflin will enter the three-game set against Florida Southern at 12-4 and winners of its last three games, two by a run. The third game was a lopsided 21-9 rout of The College of Saint Rose in the Panthers mid-week game this past Wednesday. The 21-run offensive production was the most this season. Molik Brown led the Panthers scoring attack with a grand slam home run over the leftfield wall along with Jalen Sprull who had a two-run homer also to leftfield. The Claflin offense generated 19 runs in the last four innings of the game.

 Christian Buford, 1-1, was the winning pitcher for the Panthers.

 Florida Southern will bring a team to Orangeburg that is 9-8 on the season following a double-header sweep of Felician University 7-4 and 24-5 on Wednesday.

 Claflin is 10-4 at home this season, while Florida Southern has a road record of 4-2.

St. Jean in track championships

PITTSBURG, Kansas – Claflin University sprinter Derick St. Jean has qualified for the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships.

The championships will be held March 8-9 in Pittsburg, Kansas, at the Robert W. Plaster Center.

St. Jean, who will compete in the men’s 400 meters, enters the national competition with the third fastest time in the field, automatically qualifying for the championships with a time of 47.23.

The men's 400-meter preliminary race is scheduled for Friday at 5:20 p.m. He will compete in the second heat of five. The competitors with the top eight fastest preliminary times will advance to the finals at 7:10 p.m. Saturday.

Claflin track has solid performance

SAVANNAH, Ga. — The Claflin University men’s and women’s track and field teams posted several top-10 finishes at the Savannah State Eyeopener on March 2.

The Panther women were led by Zaria Nelson, who earned gold in the discus with a throw of 41.40 meters. Nelson placed second in both the shot put and the hammer throw with distances of 12.50 meters and 38.33 meters, respectively.

Also finishing in the top 10 for the Claflin women were Ty’Sha Hamon-Dubose and Kiara Belton, who placed fifth and sixth, respectively in the 100 meters.

Domenic Samuel, who is coming off his CIAA Men’s Indoor Track and Field Championship MVP for the Running Events, paced the men, finishing second in the 1500 meter run with a time of 4:10.92.

Track newcomer Ashtin Knowles finished fourth in the 400-meter dash in a time of 49.84 while Derick St. Jean, who is set to compete in the NCAA DII Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend, placed fifth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.16.

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