July 4, 2011
Spartan Summer Baseball Update – Independence Day Edition
Luke Weber (Spartanburg, S.C.) belted a pair of home runs to lead Statesville to a 9-1 win over Asheville to highlight the weekly USC Upstate summer baseball report.

July 1, 2011
The Polls Are Open: Vote Now for the Top Division I Moments
In 2007-08, USC Upstate embarked on a new journey for its athletics program, transitioning its sports team from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I as members of the Atlantic Sun Conference. After four years of competing as a transitional member of Division I, Upstate is poised to receive full certification by the NCAA with all teams eligible for postseason play in NCAA and A-Sun championships.

July 1, 2011
Palladino plans to attend Upstate, passes on MLB
Big news for USC Upstate baseball. Six-foot-9, 240-pound left-handed pitcher David Palladino, a 13th round draft choice of the Los Angeles Dodgers out of high school in New Jersey, said Thursday he will come to Spartanburg and pass up the high dollars offered to play professionally.

June 27, 2011
Spartan Summer Baseball Update – June 27
Tyler Cook (Bloomington, Ill.) was 3-for-5 with five RBI against Oakville to highlight the weekly USC Upstate summer baseball report.

June 25, 2011
Former Spartan Bradley Blanks Signed by Milwaukee Brewers
Former USC Upstate pitcher Bradley Blanks has signed a professional contract with the Milwaukee Brewers and is currently a member of the Brevard County Manatees, the Brewers’ Class-A Advanced Affiliate of the Florida State League. Blanks signed with the Brewers on June 18th and was designated for assignment a day later.

June 23, 2011
Former Northwestern player breaks season hits record at USC Upstate
His first three years of playing college baseball, Blake Green's career moved along at a slow simmer. This year, he turned up the heat.

June 20, 2011
Spartan Summer Baseball Update – June 20
Anthony Vacca (Fonthill, Ontario) reached base four times against Brampton and scored four runs to highlight the weekly USC Upstate summer baseball report.

June 13, 2011
Spartan Summer Baseball Update – June 13
Trey Richardson (Lakeland, Fla.) batted .636 for the week while Anthony Vacca (Fonthill, Ontario) tallied four RBI in one game to highlight the weekly USC Upstate summer baseball report.

June 10, 2011
Anatomy of a Record: Green’s 95 Base Knocks
After a season in which he broke the program’s single-season hits record, USC Upstate’s Blake Green was honored with a postseason award by head coach Matt Fincher to honor Green’s accomplishment.

June 8, 2011
Baseball Raids Sunshine State to Round Out Recruiting Class
USC Upstate head baseball coach Matt Fincher announced today the signing of seven additional players for the class of 2015. Six of the seven recent signees hail from the State of Florida.

June 7, 2011
Upstate Signee Palladino Taken in 13th Round of MLB Draft by Dodgers
Incoming Spartan David Palladino (Emerson, N.J.) heard his name called on day two of the 2011 MLB First Year Player Draft as he was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers with the 13th pick in the 13th Round (404th overall pick).

June 6, 2011
Spartan Summer Baseball Update – June 6
Rising senior Austin Liput (Oviedo, Fla.) was 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run against Winter Haven to highlight the weekly USC Upstate summer baseball report.

May 24, 2011
Green Named First-Team All-Conference
After a season in which he broke USC Upstate's single-season school-record for hits, senior outfielder Blake Green (Rock Hill, S.C.) has been named First-Team All-Conference announced today by the Atlantic Sun Conference.

May 20, 2011
Spartans down Campbell, 5-1, in Season Finale
USC Upstate senior Blake Green (Rock Hill, S.C.) posted four hits in five at bats with two runs as the Spartans downed the homestanding Campbell Camels, 5-1, on Friday afternoon at Taylor Field.

May 19, 2011
Bumgardner’s 3-for-5 Effort Leads Spartans to Doubleheader Split
On Thursday night at Taylor Field, USC Upstate scored five unearned runs in the top of the eighth to surge ahead for good en route to a 8-3 win over Campbell in the second game of the doubleheader. Campbell claimed the first game by a score of 11-1.

May 18, 2011
Closing Time: Spartans Set for Season Finale at Campbell
When the final out is recorded in the series finale on Friday between USC Upstate and Campbell, the Spartans will say a pair of goodbyes. The three-game conference tilt will be the final series between the Spartans and the Camels as members of the Atlantic Sun as Campbell will officially join the Big South on July 1.

May 15, 2011
Baseball Drops Doubleheader to Mercer
In the series finale, Austin Liput (Oviedo, Fla.) picked up his eighth triple of the season to notch the game at 3-3, but Mercer rallied for a 5-3 win over the Spartans. USC Upstate dropped the first contest to the Bears by a score of 11-3.

May 14, 2011
Green Becomes Upstate’s New Single-Season Hits Leader
With a two-out single in the bottom of the sixth, USC Upstate’s Blake Green (Rock Hill, S.C.) picked up his school-record 84th hit of 2011, however it was the visiting Mercer Bears that claimed a 13-6 win in the series opener.

May 13, 2011
Spartans Set for Final Home Series of 2011
USC Upstate is set for its final three home games of the season as they welcome pre-season Atlantic Sun favorite Mercer to Harley Park for a trio of contests beginning on Saturday evening at 5:00 p.m. Following Saturday’s single game, the two teams will wrap-up the series with a doubleheader on Sunday beginning at 1:00 p.m.

May 11, 2011
Weber Ties School Record as Spartans down Bulldogs, 8-5
On Wednesday night, Spartan rookie Luke Weber (Spartanburg, S.C.) became just the third player in program history to tally 20 doubles in a single season and USC Upstate claimed an 8-5 victory over The Citadel at Fluor Field.

May 10, 2011
Thunderstruck: Spartans, Terriers Combine for 18 Runs Following 56-Minute Delay
After the first two games of the season took nearly four hours, it wasn’t too surprising that USC Upstate and Wofford had another four hour affair, this time, the Spartans were victorious, 12-7, in a game taking 4:04.

May 9, 2011
Spartans to Face Wofford and The Citadel in Final Non-Conference Games of 2011
The Spartan baseball team will begin its final week of games in the Upstate with a 6:00 p.m. game on Tuesday evening against cross-town rival Wofford. Following Tuesday’s game, USC Upstate will battle The Citadel at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C. at 7:00 p.m.

May 7, 2011
Spartans Explode for 13 Runs and 20 Hits, Earn Doubleheader Split
For the first time since May 9, 2009, the USC Upstate baseball team tallied 20 hits in a game as it claimed a 13-9 win in the series finale on Saturday afternoon at Stillwell Stadium. Kennesaw State claimed the first game of Saturday’s twinbill, 4-3.

May 6, 2011
Baseball Falls to Kennesaw State in Series Opener
Josh Carr hurled a complete game, limiting the Spartans to just two hits and seven total base runners as Kennesaw State scored 10 runs on 11 hits en route to the series opening win on Friday night at Stillwell Stadium.

May 5, 2011
Baseball Set for Weekend Series at Kennesaw State
It has been nearly three weeks since the Spartans took the field against an A-Sun foe, but beginning Friday night at Kennesaw State, the USC Upstate baseball team will begin a two-week stretch in which they play a total of 11 games, nine of those against conference foes.

May 4, 2011
Green Picks up Career Hit Number 200, but Spartans Fall to Hokies
In the top of the sixth inning, Blake Green (Rock Hill, S.C.) delivered a two-out RBI single up the middle to collect career hit number 200, however it was the Virginia Tech Hokies that claimed a 6-4 victory on Wednesday night at English Field.

May 3, 2011
Spartans, Hokies Set for Midweek Clash
The Spartan baseball team will return to action on Wednesday evening when they play their lone midweek game at Virginia Tech with first pitch slated for 5:30 p.m.

May 2, 2011
Tickets on Sale Now for Upstate vs. The Citadel at Fluor Field
On Wednesday, May 11, the USC Upstate baseball team will play its third and final game of the season against The Citadel, this time the game will take place at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C., with first pitch slated for 7:00 p.m.

April 23, 2011
DeCecco’s Gem Leads Spartans to Saturday Split at The Citadel
USC Upstate starting pitcher Scott DeCecco (Cape May Courthouse, N.J.) carried a no-hitter into the fifth and improved to 4-5 on the season as the Spartans claimed a 6-2 victory over The Citadel in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader at Riley Park.

April 22, 2011
Spartans, Bulldogs Washed Out on Friday
Due to continuous rain showers along the South Carolina coast, Friday afternoon's contest between USC Upstate and the Citadel has been postponed. The two teams will play a doubleheader beginning on Saturday at noon.

April 21, 2011
Spartans, Bulldogs Set for Two-Game Non-Conference Series
The USC Upstate baseball team will look to snap a three-game skid as they travel to Charleston, S.C., for its final games before breaking for exam week. The Spartans will begin the two-game series at The Citadel on Friday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.

April 20, 2011
Green’s Big Night Not Enough as Spartans Fall to Cougars
On senior night, USC Upstate senior outfielder Blake Green (Rock Hill, S.C.) tallied three hits and finished just a home run shy of the cycle, however it was the visiting College of Charleston Cougars who claimed a 10-6 victory on Wednesday night at Harley Park.

April 19, 2011
Baseball Falls at North Carolina A&T
North Carolina A&T scored 16 runs on 22 hits as they posted a 16-5 victory over USC Upstate on Tuesday night at War Memorial Stadium.

April 18, 2011
Spartans Set to Face Aggies, Cougars during Midweek Contests
After dropping a weekend series to Atlantic Sun foe Lipscomb, the USC Upstate baseball team will begin a five-game non-conference stretch before breaking for exams.

April 17, 2011
Weber Tallies Four RBI, but Spartans Fall at Lipscomb
Despite a career-best four RBI by rookie catcher Luke Weber (Spartanburg, S.C.), the USC Upstate baseball team dropped the series finale at Lipscomb by a score of 10-7 on Sunday afternoon at Dugan Field.

April 16, 2011
A Rose in Full Boom: Spartans Split Twinbill at Lipscomb
David Roseboom (Pattersonville, N.Y.) pitched four scoreless innings of relief in the second game on Saturday to earn his first career victory as USC Upstate downed Lipscomb by a score of 4-3 at Dugan Field.

April 14, 2011
Upstate, Lipscomb Set for Weekend Series
After dropping a pair of mid-week games to ETSU and No. 25 Charlotte, the USC Upstate baseball team will return to league play as they hit the road for a three-game set at Lipscomb beginning on with a doubleheader on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. (CT). The two teams will wrap-up the series on Sunday with a single game slated to begin at 12:00 p.m. (CT).

April 13, 2011
Baseball Falls on the Road at No. 25 Charlotte
USC Upstate senior outfielder Blake Green (Rock Hill, S.C.) finished 3-for-5 at the plate and pitched three relief innings but it was not enough as No. 25 Charlotte claimed a 18-6 victory on Wednesday night at Hayes Stadium.

April 12, 2011
Spartans Drop Mid-Week Affair to ETSU
In a rare non-conference tilt between a pair of A-Sun schools, USC Upstate fell to ETSU by a score of 6-3 on Tuesday night at Harley Park.

April 11, 2011
Baseball to Face ETSU, Charlotte during Midweek
The Spartans are set to return to the diamond for a pair of non-conference games beginning on Tuesday night. USC Upstate will welcome ETSU to Harley Park for a non-conference battle between a pair of A-Sun Schools.

April 10, 2011
Branham Shuts Down Silver Hawks in 2011 Debut
Former USC Upstate pitcher Matt Branham (2006-10), had a solid outing in his 2011 debut with the Fort Wayne TinCaps, the Class-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres.

April 9, 2011
Do the Roy: Richardson’s Blast Leads Upstate to Twinbill Split
In game one of Saturday’s doubleheader, Trey Richardson (Lakeland, Fla.) sent Garrett Fanchier’s 1-2 pitch over the wall in left field for a 6-5 victory in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the 10th.

April 8, 2011
Spartans Drop Series Opener to Belmont
Belmont used a nine-run sixth inning to push ahead for good as it downed the homestanding USC Upstate Spartans by a score of 16-6 on Friday night at Harley Park.

April 7, 2011
Baseball to Host A-Sun Foe Belmont this Weekend
The Spartan baseball team will continue its five-game homestand when they welcome in the Belmont Bruins for a three-game Atlantic Sun series beginning on Friday night at 6:00 p.m. Following Friday’s single game, the two teams will play a doubleheader beginning on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.

April 6, 2011
Spartans Strand 14 in Home Loss to Gardner-Webb
Five different Spartans collected two hits on Wednesday night but it was not enough as Gardner-Webb claimed an 8-5 win at Harley Park.

April 5, 2011
DeCecco Honored by CollegeBaseball360.com
USC Upstate sophomore pitcher Scott DeCecco (Cape May Courthouse, N.J.) picked up a national honor after tossing seven shutout innings against No. 20 Stetson on Friday night.

April 5, 2011
Pitching Woes Doom Spartans in Loss at South Carolina
On Tuesday night, USC Upstate managed just two runs on seven hits while allowing 18 runs on 20 hits to the homestanding South Carolina Gamecocks in an 18-2 loss at Carolina Stadium.

April 4, 2011
Baseball to Face South Carolina, Gardner-Webb
On Tuesday night the USC Upstate baseball team will play its fourth consecutive game against a nationally-ranked opponent when it travels to Columbia, S.C., for a 7:00 p.m. first pitch at No. 3 South Carolina.

April 4, 2011
DeCecco Pitches Way to A-Sun Honors
After a stellar performance on the bump against No. 20 Stetson on Friday night, USC Upstate starting pitcher Scott DeCecco (Cape May Courthhouse, N.J.) has been named the Atlantic Sun’s Pitcher of the Week, announced today by the conference office in Macon, Ga.

April 2, 2011
Baseball Drops Doubleheader, Series to No. 20 Stetson
On Saturday afternoon, USC Upstate dropped a pair of Atlantic Sun contests to the visiting Stetson Hatters. Stetson, ranked 20th-nationally, scored a total of 19 runs on 22 hits in the twinbill to take the series from the homestanding Spartans.

April 1, 2011
Former Spartan Matt Branham to Start Season with TinCaps
Former USC Upstate Spartan pitcher Matt Branham is set to start the season in Fort Wayne (Ind.) as a member of the TinCaps starting rotation.

April 1, 2011
No Foolin’ at Harley: Spartans Shutout No. 20 Stetson, 6-0
For the first time since making the move to Division I, the USC Upstate baseball team has defeated a nationally-ranked opponent, this time coming in shutout fashion with a 6-0 win over No. 20 Stetson on Friday night at Harley Park.

March 31, 2011
Baseball to Host Nationally-Ranked Stetson this Weekend
The USC Upstate baseball team is set for a three-game Atlantic Sun set with No. 20 Stetson beginning on Friday night at Harley Park, with first pitch slated for 6:00 p.m. The two teams will close out the series with a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1:00 p.m.

March 30, 2011
Wednesday’s Contest between Upstate and Charlotte Rained Out
Due to early morning rain and the threat of rain later in the day, tonight’s baseball game between USC Upstate and Charlotte has been canceled and will not be made up.

March 29, 2011
Spartans Fall to Terriers in Marathon
In a game that took just over four hours and saw 26 total runs scored and 13 different pitchers used, it was the visiting Wofford Terriers that claimed a 15-11 victory over USC Upstate on Tuesday night at Harley Park.

March 28, 2011
Spartans Set for Home Contests with Wofford and Charlotte
After picking up a 2-1 series win at Florida Gulf Coast over the weekend, the USC Upstate baseball team will return to action on Tuesday evening when they host cross-town rival Wofford at 6:00 p.m.

March 26, 2011
Spartans Down Eagles in Rubber Match, Claim Series, 2-1
In a series that saw the winning team score 12 runs in each game, it was the USC Upstate Spartans that claimed the 12-8 victory in the series finale on Saturday to claim a 2-1 series win over Florida Gulf Coast at Swanson Stadium.

March 25, 2011
Hit Parade: Spartans Power Past Eagles, 12-5
On Friday night the USC Upstate baseball team pounded out 17 hits en route to a 12-5 victory at Florida Gulf Coast at Swanson Stadium, the first-ever win for the Spartans in Fort Myers.

March 24, 2011
Spartans Bound for Sunshine State
The USC Upstate baseball team will make its second and final trip to the state of Florida this weekend as it makes the 714 mile trip from Spartanburg, S.C. to Fort Myers, Fla. for a three-game A-Sun set at Florida Gulf Coast beginning on Friday night at 6:30 p.m.

March 23, 2011
Former Spartan Matt Branham Ranked as Top-30 Prospect in Padres Organization
Normally, and more than likely, my top 30 will be posted on Mad Friars, where it has been for the past few years. However, since I made this in October (then updated after the A-Gon trade) and it is now mid-March, I figured I might as well post it here. Anyway … without further ado, the Friar Forecast top 30 prospects for 2011.

March 23, 2011
Spartans Fall at Furman, Split Season Series
On Wednesday evening, the Spartan baseball team managed just four hits and they fell on the road at Furman by a score of 4-0 at Latham Stadium.

March 22, 2011
Six-Run Sixth Propels Spartans Past Paladins
Trailing by a score of 5-2 in the sixth, the USC Upstate baseball team scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth to rally past visiting Furman on Tuesday night at Harley Park.

March 21, 2011
Bumgardner Earns A-Sun Pitcher of the Week honors
After recording the first complete game shutout since the 2007 campaign, USC Upstate sophomore Gaither Bumgardner (Fort Lawn, S.C.) has been named the Atlantic Sun's Pitcher of the Week, the conference office in Macon, Ga., announced today.

March 21, 2011
Baseball Adds a Pair of Games to 2011 Slate
The USC Upstate baseball team has added two games to its 2011 schedule after its final two games of its series against ETSU were rained out.

March 21, 2011
Spartans, Paladins Set for Pair of Midweek Clashes
USC Upstate will wrap up a five-game homestand on Tuesday night when they entertain the Furman Paladins at 6:00 p.m. The Spartans will then travel to Greenville, S.C., on Wednesday night for a 6:00 p.m. first pitch at Furman.

March 19, 2011
Bumgardner Cages Ospreys with Complete Game Shutout, Spartans Split Saturday’s Twinbill
It has been more than four years since a Spartan pitcher tossed a complete game shutout, but on Saturday afternoon, USC Upstate starter Gaither Bumgardner (Fort Lawn, S.C.) hurled a gem as he went the distance, shutting out North Florida, 2-0, at Harley Park. In the rubber match of the series, UNF claimed a 12-11 victory to take a 2-1 series win.

March 18, 2011
Spartans Up-ended by Ospreys on Friday Afternoon
After USC Upstate took a 2-1 advantage after three innings, visiting North Florida scored at least one run in the final six innings en route to the 14-5 win on Friday at Harley Park.

March 17, 2011
Spartans, Ospreys Set for Weekend Series
After falling to Charleston Southern by a score of 15-13 on Wednesday, the USC Upstate baseball team will continue its five-game homestand as they welcome North Florida to Harley Park beginning with a single game on Friday at 4:00 p.m.

March 16, 2011
Spartans Fall to Bucs Despite 8-Run Lead After Two Innings
USC Upstate took an 8-0 lead after two innings, but Charleston Southern tied the game in the seventh and took the lead for good with a four-run eighth inning en route to a 15-13 win on Wednesday at Harley Park.

March 15, 2011
Upstate, Charleston Southern Set for Second Match-up of 2011
After picking up their first conference win of the season at Jacksonville on Saturday, the USC Upstate baseball team will play its only midweek game on Wednesday when they host Charleston Southern at Harley Park. First pitch between the Spartans and the Bucs is slated for 4:00 p.m.

March 12, 2011
Spartans, Dolphins Split Saturday’s Twinbill
The Spartan baseball team claimed a 7-6 victory in game one on Saturday, but Jacksonville won the second game 12-4 to claim a 2-1 series victory.

March 11, 2011
Spartans Score Early, But Dolphins Claim Series Opening Win
USC Upstate scored a pair of runs in the top of the first, but went six consecutive innings without scoring as Jacksonville, fueled by Adam Walker’s five RBI performance, claimed a 13-6 victory on Friday night at Sessions Stadium in the first of a three-game Atlantic Sun Conference set.

March 10, 2011
Baseball Heads to Jacksonville for Three-Game A-Sun Set
The Spartan baseball team is set for a three-game conference road swing as they travel to the River City to face the Jacksonville Dolphins on Friday and Saturday.

March 9, 2011
Spartans Score Eight Runs in Final Two Innings, Down Charleston Southern 13-10
USC Upstate scored a total of eight runs in the final two innings as they rallied past Charleston Southern on Wednesday afternoon to claim a 13-10 victory at the CSU Ballpark.

March 8, 2011
Spartans Strand 11 in 4-0 Loss at #21 College of Charleston
USC Upstate stranded a total of 11 runners on Tuesday afternoon allowing No. 21 College of Charleston to claim the 4-0 win at the Patriots Point Baseball Park.

March 7, 2011
Baseball Set for Trip Down I-26
After a rained shortened weekend, the USC Upstate baseball team will return to action with a pair of road contests against Palmetto State foes during the midweek.

March 5, 2011
Spartans, Bucs Washed Out on Sunday
Due to heavy rains over night and standing water on the field at Harley Park, the final two games of the USC Upstate – ETSU series have been cancelled.

March 4, 2011
DeCecco Tosses Gem, but Bucs Rally Past Spartans in Extras
For the second consecutive outing, Scott DeCecco (Cape May Courthouse, N.J.) pitched six complete innings and was in line for the win but the Spartans couldn’t hold on as ETSU rallied for a 6-4 victory in 10 innings on Friday afternoon at Harley Park.

March 3, 2011
Upstate to Host ETSU in Conference Opener this Weekend
After dropping a pair of mid-week contests at Wofford and at Gardner-Webb, the Spartans return to Harley Park for the first weekend of A-Sun play as they host ETSU for a three-game set on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

March 2, 2011
Spartan Errors Prove Costly in Loss at Gardner-Webb
USC Upstate committed a total of five errors which led to nine unearned runs for Gardner-Webb it claimed the 13-7 victory at John H. Moss Stadium.

March 1, 2011
Spartans Up-ended by Terriers, 8-7, in 11 Innings
On Tuesday, USC Upstate jumped out to an early 7-1 lead after three innings, but failed to score again as Wofford claimed the 8-7 win in 11 innings at Russell C. King Field.

February 28, 2011
Spartans, Terriers Set for Battle on the Diamond
USC Upstate will play its first road game of the season, but the Spartans will not leave the City of Spartanburg as they make the short trip to Wofford on Tuesday afternoon.

February 27, 2011
Late Rally Not Enough as Spartans Fall to Butler
In the bottom of the ninth inning, the Spartans trailed 10-8 and had runners on second and third with no outs, but USC Upstate was able to score just one run allowing Butler to hold on for the 10-9 win on Sunday at Harley Park.

February 26, 2011
Bumgardner Records Career-Best Seven K’s, but Spartans Fall to Dayton
Gaither Bumgardner recorded a career-best seven strikeouts in four innings, but USC Upstate couldn’t overcome two big innings from Dayton, as the Flyers combined to score seven of their nine runs in the second and eighth innings en route to the 9-3 victory over the Spartans on Saturday afternoon at Harley Park.

February 25, 2011
Spartans Rally Past Blue Hose, 8-5, on Friday Afternoon
After falling behind 5-4 after six and a half innings, the USC Upstate baseball team scored two runs in the seventh and eighth innings as they downed Presbyterian College, 8-5, on Friday afternoon at Harley Park.

February 24, 2011
Spartans Set for Courtyard by Mariott Baseball Classic
The Spartans continue an eight-game homestand to open the season as they welcome Presbyterian College, Dayton and Butler to Harley Park as part of the 2011 Courtyard by Marriott Baseball Classic.

February 23, 2011
Miller Leads Spartan Charge in Win over North Carolina A&T
Left fielder Tyler Miller (Fort Mill, S.C.) collected three hits to go along with five RBI and two runs as USC Upstate downed North Carolina A&T, 12-7, on Wednesday afternoon at Harley Park.

February 22, 2011
Spartans Drop Midweek Contest to Virginia Tech
The Spartans totaled eight hits but were unable to score as they left a total of nine runners on base as Virginia Tech recorded a 10-0 win on Tuesday afternoon at Harley Park.

February 21, 2011
Spartans to Host Hokies, Aggies during Midweek
USC Upstate will host a pair of games during the midweek as the Spartans play their first eight games at the friendly confines of Harley Park.

February 20, 2011
Spartans Close Out Opening Weekend with Victory over Iona
On Sunday afternoon at Harley Park, the USC Upstate baseball team seven runs in the second inning and starting pitcher Philip Brannon (Spartanburg, S.C.) gave up just five hits as he was credited with the win in his season debut as the Spartans downed Iona, 9-5.

February 19, 2011
Baseball Falls to Xavier, 8-6, on Saturday Afternoon
Despite USC Upstate batters one through four finishing with six hits, four RBI and four runs, the Xavier Musketeers were victorious as they claimed an 8-6 victory on Saturday afternoon at Harley Park.

February 18, 2011
Spartans Open Season with a Bang, Down George Mason 16-4
For the first time since May 5, 2009, the USC Upstate baseball team scored eight runs in a single inning, as Upstate scored eight runs in the first inning en route to a 16-4 opening day victory over the George Mason Patriots at Harley Park.

February 17, 2011
Spartans to Host George Mason on Opening Day
The USC Upstate baseball team will open the 2011 slate this weekend with a trio of opponents from all over the map. Upstate will open the season on Friday against the George Mason Patriots at 4:00 p.m.

February 10, 2011
Baseball Tabbed 11th in Preseason Poll
With the official start of baseball season just over a week away, the Atlantic Sun Conference preseason baseball poll has been released and the Spartans were picked 11th, the conference office in Macon, Ga., announced today.

December 17, 2010
Cook Named Thomas L. Smith Scholarship Recipient
Junior outfielder Tyler Cook has been named the sixth recipient of the Thomas L. Smith scholarship announced today by USC Upstate head baseball coach Matt Fincher.

December 14, 2010
Baseball Signs Five During Early Signing Period
The USC Upstate baseball team signed a total of five players during the early signing period for the class of 2015. Joining the Spartans are Anthony Dimino (Charlotte, N.C.), Greg Guers (Washington, Pa.), L.J. Newman (Easley, S.C.), David Palladino (Emerson, N.J.) and Jonathon Pulley (Boiling Springs, S.C.).

November 4, 2010
Baseball Announces 56-Game Slate for 2011
The USC Upstate baseball team will continue its theme of tough schedules as the Spartans will play a total of 11 games against five teams finished in the RPI top-45 a season ago as head coach Matt Fincher has announced today the 2011 baseball schedule.

September 3, 2010
On the Move: Branham Promoted to Fort Wayne
Former USC Upstate pitcher Matt Branham has been promoted within the San Diego Padres organization. Branham was promoted today from Eugene (Ore.) and will join the Fort Wayne (Ind.) TinCaps, the Padres Class-A Affiliate.

August 11, 2010
Anderson and Nowak Provide Talent and Experience
It's not often Double-A teams can brag about having both talent and experience in the middle of the order. However, the Huntsville Stars have been on fire recently because they have exactly that.

July 21, 2010
Milwaukee Brewers Sign Former Spartan Chris Nowak
Former USC Upstate standout Chris Nowak recently signed a professional contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. He began his career last Thursday with the organization’s Double-A Affiliate, the Huntsville Stars of the Southern League.

July 21, 2010
Former Spartan Bradley Blanks Signs with Phillies
Former USC Upstate pitcher Bradley Blanks has signed a professional contract with the Philadelphia Phillies and is currently playing with the Williamsport Crosscutters, the Phillies Class-A Short Season Affiliate.

July 19, 2010
Spartans Flying High with Blue Eagles
As the Spartanburg Blue Eagles make their final push for the Western Division crown and the number one seed in the Southern Collegiate Baseball League (SCBL) four USC Upstate buddies are enjoying the ride and playing a big part in the team’s success.

July 15, 2010
Kais Named Assistant Baseball Coach
Head baseball coach Matt Fincher announced the addition of former player Jim Kais to the Spartan baseball staff as an assistant coach. Kais is a 2005 graduate of USC Upstate and received a degree in business marketing.

July 15, 2010
Spartan Summer Baseball Update
The USC Upstate baseball team currently has nine different players participating in various collegiate summer leagues around the country.

July 14, 2010
Branham Earns First Professional Victory
Former USC Upstate pitcher Matt Branham earned his first professional victory last night for the Eugene Emeralds, the Class-A Short Season affiliate of the San Diego Padres.