February 23, 2013

Spartans Edge Colonials 3-1, Win Third Straight

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate baseball team used solid pitching and clutch hitting to take game two of a Saturday doubleheader 3-1 from George Washington at Harley Park in non-conference action.

After scoring 38 runs over the first three games, the Spartans (4-1) scored just eight runs in a pair of Saturday games against the Colonials (0-4), but the Upstate pitching staff was on point and held GWU in check every step of the way for a doubleheader sweep.

The Spartans faced their first deficit of the day in the second inning when Eric Kalman reached on an error and came around to score three batters later when Brookes Townsend singled to right center to give the Colonials a 1-0 lead.

Upstate wasted no time evening the score up in the bottom half of the inning, as Robbie Morris singled and Trey Richardson followed and doubled to centerfield to send Morris racing home and knot the score 1-1. The RBI for Richardson gave him 12 for the season, while the double was his sixth extra base hit in five games.

After a scoreless third frame, Upstate was at again in the fourth inning and Morris set the table again with a leadoff walk. After Richardson flied out to center, Tyler Miller stepped to the plate and drilled the first pitch he saw to the gap in left center and legged out a triple to plate Morris and give the Spartans a 2-1 lead. Brody Greer would follow and singled to right field, sending Miller trotting home and giving Upstate all the offense they would need in a 3-1 victory.

Ben Augenstein (1-0) tossed 6.0 innings, allowing three hits and no earned runs, while striking out a pair. In the seven-inning nightcap of the doubleheader, Chad Sobotka came on to slam the door in the seventh, notching a pair of strikeouts and earning his first save of the season.

The Spartans will look for their first series sweep of the season Sunday afternoon, taking on George Washington one last time at Harley Park. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. with David Roseboom taking the hill for Upstate.

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