February 24, 2013

Spartans Explode at the Plate, Sweep Away Colonials

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Contact: David Beall,
 dbeall@uscupstate.edu

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate baseball team faced an early three-run deficit Sunday afternoon, but the offense exploded for nine unanswered runs to take down George Washington 9-3 and complete a three-game weekend sweep of the Colonials at Harley Park.

The Spartans (5-1) outscored the Colonials (0-5) by 13 runs in the three-game series and continue their relentless offense onslaught to open the year.

The only offense of the day for GWU came in the second inning when a walk and a crucial error led to three unanswered runs for the Colonials who enjoyed their biggest lead of the year with the offensive output.

Just like they have done all year when facing a deficit, the Upstate offense answered the call, scoring a run in the third and five more in the fourth to take a commanding 6-3 lead. Just for good measure, the Spartans tacked on a run in the fifth and two more in the seventh to pick up the 9-3 victory.

Tyler Miller had a career day at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two doubles, four runs batted in and three runs scored. He provided the game-tying two-run double in the decisive fourth inning and added an RBI double in the seventh frame to pace the Spartans offensively.

Daniel Seeba was equally impressive at the dish, recording three hits and driving in the first run of the five-run fourth inning with a single down the right field line after Luke Weber led off the frame with a triple to right field.

Gaither Bumgardner, Trey Richardson and Weber all tallied a multi-hit game in the victory, while Richardson and Brody Greer ran their hitting streak to six games to open the year.

The Upstate pitching staff was as impressive as they have been all weekend, giving up just three hits and not allowing a single earned run as David Roseboom (1-0) picked up the win in 6.0 innings of work with four strikeouts.

The bullpen once again did the job on the back end, tossing three innings and not allowing a hit as Jordan Rusk, Seeba and Bumgardner each logged a perfect frame. Upstate pitchers surrendered just four runs in the three-game series to the Colonials, all of which were unearned.

The Spartans will now hit the road for the first time this season, traveling to Davidson Tuesday afternoon before making their way to Furman on Wednesday. Both non-conference matchups are slated to start at 4 p.m.

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- Starting pitcher David Roseboom (1-0) earned his first win of the year in 6.0 innings of work -