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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate baseball team held off a late surge from the University of Dayton Saturday afternoon to pick up a 4-3 victory over the Flyers at Harley Park in non-conference action.
The Spartans (7-2) continue to win close games, as Chad Sobotka came on to close the ninth inning and stranded the tying run 90-feet away, sitting Mel Skochdopole down swinging to give Upstate its sixth win in the last seven games. The save for Sobotka was his second of the season.
David Roseboom (1-0) did the bulk of the work, tossing 7.0 innings and giving up three hits and two runs, both unearned. He tallied three strikeouts and walked a pair. Erik Samples tossed a scoreless frame in the eighth with a strikeout.
"Roseboom did a really good job and held us where we needed to be, and between Samples and Sobotka we were able to close it out," said USC Upstate Head Coach Matt Fincher. "I'm real pleased with our pitching and I'm hopeful our offense will come back to us. The last two days they have done enough, but I would like to see more out of them at times."
The Spartans got the offense rolling in the top of the first inning, benefiting from a Flyer error and using base knocks from Tyler Lesch and Gaither Bumgardner to fuel the rally. Upstate has scored nine first-inning runs in nine games this season.
After Dayton deadlocked the score in the third inning with a two-out two-run single up the middle to plate a pair of unearned runs, the Spartans answered with two runs on their own in the fifth frame. Lesch was in the middle the action again, lining an RBI triple down the left field line to plate Stampler and put Upstate back in front. Luke Weber doubled the lead with a two-out single through the left side to give the Spartans a commanding 4-2 lead, an advantage that held true until the ninth inning.
Lesch ended the day 3-for-4 at the plate, while Weber added a pair of hits and three other players worked their way into the hit column.
The Spartans will cap the weekend Sunday afternoon, taking on Marshall for the second time in the last three days. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. as Upstate looks for their second straight three-game weekend sweep at Harley Park.