Tanner, Dempsey Go Deep, But Spartans Fall To Cougars
Mt. PLEASANT, S.C. - Seniors Jimmy Tanner (Fayetteville, Ga./Starr's Mill) and Brian Dempsey (Montverde, Fla./East Ridge) each blasted homers to left field, but the USC Upstate baseball team fell to the College of Charleston, 20-3, in non-conference action Tuesday at the Patriots Point Baseball Park.
Tanner got the Spartans (16-34 overall) on the board in the top of the third, as he followed a five-pitch walk by junior Joe Barnes (Lake Orion, Mich./Grand Rapids C.C.) with a two-run blast over the extended height part of the wall for his fourth homer in the past seven games.
Matt Leeds hit his second two-run homer of the game in the fourth inning to highlight the Cougars' three runs and to help them take an 11-2 lead.
Dempsey added another run for Upstate in the fifth inning, as he blasted his second homer of the season over the left field wall.
The Cougars (36-13 overall) added another run in the sixth inning thanks to a Matt Leeds double, setting up an RBI single from Jose Rodriguez with two outs.
The Cougars jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning, as Jose Rodriguez and Greg Blake hit back-to-back homers in the frame. Three more runs scored in the second inning, as Matt Leeds highlighted the frame with a two-run homer. The College of Charleston posted eight more runs in the top of the seventh, highlighting the inning with a three-run homer from Kolby Epley.
Leeds led the Cougars by setting a school-record with 14 total bases as he tied a school-record with three doubles and added a homer from the left and right side of the plate. He finished 5-for-5 with six RBI. Owen Brittle posted three hits and four runs and Cole Rakar added three hits, three runs and four doubles. Jose Rodriguez also posted three hits and three RBI.
The Spartans posted five hits in the game with Dempsey and Tanner's blasts leading the way. Tanner's homer extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games.
Josh Salay (2-3) tossed five innings to earn the win for the Cougards, allowing four hits and three runs. He struck out five and walked three.
Sophomore Austin Moyer (Greensboro, N.C./Southeast Guilford) (1-5) took the loss for the Spartans, allowing nine hits and nine earned runs in 3 1/3 innings. He struck out two.
Upstate now returns home for a season-ending six-game home stand at Harley Park, starting the run with a 6 p.m. Wednesday game against Southern Conference leader, The Citadel.