Spartans March Past Colonials 5-0 in Weekend Opener

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate baseball team used a pair of mid-inning rallies and a stellar outing from starting pitcher Brandon Lee to send the Spartans past George Washington 5-0 Saturday afternoon in game one of a doubleheader at Harley Park.

The Spartans (3-1) win their second straight game and grab the series opener from the Colonials (0-3) who are still searching for their first victory of the season.

After failing to score in one of the first two innings for the first time all season, the Spartans finally came to life in the fourth inning when Tyler Miller lifted a sacrifice fly to right field to score Daniel Seeba. Brody Greer promptly followed and singled up the middle to plate Brandon Patterson and give Upstate a 2-0 lead.

A two-out rally sparked the fifth inning for the Spartans as Patterson smacked a two-run double down the left field line and Richardson singled through the left side to cap a three-run frame and give Upstate a commanding five-run lead.

Lee (2-0) would take over from there, shutting down the George Washington hitters at every turn and picking up his second victory of the year in as many starts. He lasted 7.0 innings and tallied five strikeouts and allowed five hits and no runs.

Erik Samples came on to pitch a perfect eighth inning with a pair of strikeouts, and Reid Noah tossed a perfect ninth frame to seal the deal and give the Spartans their second straight victory.

The Spartans will turn right around this afternoon and take on the Colonials in the second contest of a Saturday doubleheader at Harley Park. First pitch of the 7-inning contest is set for 3:50 p.m.

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