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Claflin baseball hosts Salem

The Claflin University baseball team will host Salem University in a three-game series at Mirmow Field this weekend.

The three-game set gets underway on Friday at 5 p.m. followed by the middle game on the series slated for Saturday at 2 p.m. The series concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m. with the third game.

Claflin will enter the series with Salem at 2-2 after being swept by Lincoln Memorial University in a double-header on Monday (5-4, 10-1).

Salem opened the season last weekend with three straight loses, falling to Emmanuel College (Ga.) (8-4, 10-3) and Georgia Southwestern State University (7-6).

In the Panthers’ four games this season, catcher Clyde Parker is the team’s top hitter at .583 with a home run and 7 RBI. He was instrumental in Claflin posting its first-ever win over Francis Marion University with a grand slam and 5 RBI.

Parker is followed by a pair of .500 hitters in Eric McElveen, with a home run and 7 RBI, and Rod Gerardic.

Craig Hopkins is hitting at a .400 clip for Claflin.

As a team, the Panthers are batting .328 with 43 hits.

Cleveland Westbrook and Dillon Parker are the top two pitchers for Claflin.

Westbrook, 1-0, tossed an outstanding game against Francis Marion, holding the Patriots’ offense scoreless in six of the nine innings pitched. He fanned a career-high 15 batters and only walked two of the 41 hitters he faced.

Parker had a no decision in the Claflin win over Southern Wesleyan, but pitched six strong innings, giving up six runs on six hits and striking out four batters.

After the Salem series, Claflin will host Bluefield State College in a three-game series at home next weekend (Friday-Sunday, Feb. 15-17).

No. 12 South Carolina

wins against Ole Miss

COLUMBIA (AP) — Nelly Perry led a balanced attack with 13 points and No. 12 South Carolina warmed up for a showdown with UConn with an easy 75-42 win over Mississippi on Thursday night.

Alexis Jennings, Destainni Henderson and Victaria Saxton added 12 points apiece for the Gamecocks (17-5, 9-1 Southeastern Conference), who will carry a five-game winning streak when they play at the No. 5 Huskies on Monday night.

South Carolina got off to a bit of a slow start and didn't get the lead into double figures until an 8-0 run later in the second quarter. Still, the Rebels (8-16, 2-8), who have lost five straight, only trailed 36-27.

The Gamecocks outscored Ole Miss 21-5 in the third quarter to break the game open.

SCSU track heads to VMI

The South Carolina State track and field teams will head to Lexington, Va. Friday for the two-day (Feb. 8-9) VMI Winter Relays. Competition gets underway at 2 p.m. Friday, with Saturday’s events set to begin at 10 a.m.

S.C. State, one of 25 schools participating in the event, will be making its second trip in three weeks to Lexington, where Coach Tim Langford’s teams earlier participated in VMI Team Challenge.

Leading the way for the S.C. State men will be senior sprinter Tyrell, who earlier set school records in both the 400 meters (46.01) and 200 meters (20.95), and also ranks second in the MEAC in the 60 meters (6.70), along with Orangeburg sophomore Daniel Seawright who is second in the MEAC in the long jump (7.32m) and 13th in the conference in the long jump (6.90).

Junior Breana Tyler, who ranks third in the MEAC In the women’s long jump (5.73m), and sophomore Keturah Hunter, sixth in the weight throw (15.96m), spearhead the Lady Bulldogs.

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Radford in tennis

The South Carolina State women’s tennis team improved to 2-0 on the season by knocking off visiting Radford, 4-3, on Wednesday at the Hardeep Judge Tennis Center.

Radford won the doubles point to start the contest.

South Carolina State captured the singles win at the No.3 spot with sophomore Lasya Patnaik def. M. Falk (7-6, 7-3); freshman Divya Murali def. T. Blalock (7-6, 7-4) at the No. 4 spot; sophomore Zainab Bendahhou def. J. Acicerto (2-6, 6-3, 6-1) at the No. 5 spot and freshman Izabel Nikolaeva def. K. Fruehawk 6-2,6-2 at the No. 6 spot.

S.C. State returns to action on Friday in a non-conference matchup at Coastal Carolina in Conway at 3 p.m.

5 Gamecocks at NFL combine

COLUMBIA -- Five University of South Carolina football alumni were invited to the 2019 NFL combine, the league confirmed Thursday.

Bryson Allen-Williams, Zack Bailey, Dennis Daley, Rashad Fenton and Deebo Samuel will audition for NFL scouts Feb. 26-March 4 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.

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