SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate baseball team used a dominate pitching performance from Brandon Lee and a trio of well-placed RBI singles to send the Spartans to a 3-0 victory over Marshall University Friday afternoon at Harley Park.
The Spartans (6-2) were led by another impressive outing from Lee (3-0), who picked up his third victory in as many starts to open the 2013 season. The senior scattered eight hits over 9.0 innings, tallied seven strikeouts and benefited from three doubles plays to stifle the Marshall offense.
Upstate manufactured a run in the third inning, when Brody Greer coaxed a lead-off walk and advanced into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by AJ Mackey. Jordan Stampler then stepped in the box and turned on the first pitch he saw and laced a single down the left field line to plate Greer and give the Spartans a 1-0 lead.
Greer was at it again in the fifth inning, this time singling through the right side to bring Brandon Patterson racing home and doubling the Upstate lead to 2-0. The single from Greer extended his hitting streak to eight games to open the season.
The Spartans added one more insurance run in the fifth inning, when Tyler Lesch singled home Greer to give Upstate a 3-0 lead and create the final margin of victory. The Spartans managed just six hits in the game, three of which came in the all-important fifth inning to score a pair of runs.
Lee welcomed the three-run lead and cruised the rest of the way, allowing a hit in each of the last four innings, but keeping Marshall off the scoreboard to give Upstate a 3-0 victory, its second shutout win of the season.
The complete-game shutout was the first for an Upstate pitcher since March 18, 2011, when the Spartans claimed a 7-0 win over Lipscomb. Lee was on the mound for that contest as well, allowing eight hits in nine innings of work.
The Spartans continue their weekend action Saturday afternoon, welcoming Dayton to town for a 1 p.m. first pitch at Harley Park. Ben Augenstein (1-0) will take the hill looking for his second consecutive victory.