Spartans Capture A-Sun Series with 4-1 Victory over Norse

Spartans Capture A-Sun Series with 4-1 Victory over Norse

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate baseball team used a three-run sixth inning Saturday afternoon to pick up the rubber contest of a three-game weekend series and knock off Northern Kentucky 4-1 at Harley Park in Atlantic Sun Conference action.

The Spartans (15-11, 4-5 A-Sun) earn their first conference series victory of the season with the win, while the Norse (3-24, 1-5 A-Sun) drop their second consecutive series in their first year of transition to the Division I level.

Upstate scored the first run of the game for the first time in the series in the second inning, using a triple to right field from Brandon Patterson and a two-out single up the middle by Brody Greer to give the Spartans a 1-0 lead.

The Norse manufactured a run in the fourth frame to make it 1-1 and that score held true until the sixth inning when the Upstate bats came to life to take the lead for good. Luke Weber came to the dish and lined a run-scoring double to left center to plate the first run of the inning, and Daniel Seeba made the most of his only hit of the series, a two-run single to right center to give the Spartans a 4-1 advantage.

Gaither Bumgardner (3-0) cruised through the first seven innings on the mound to earn his third victory of the season, and Brody Greer came on and tossed up zeros in the eighth and ninth innings to pick up his first save of the year.

Bumgardner allowed just one run on three hits and tallied five strikeouts, while Greer did not allow a hit over the final two frames and recorded two strikeouts, including a swinging punch out of Quint Heady to end the game with the bases loaded.

Trey Richardson ended the day as the only Upstate player with two hits, recording his 11th multi-hit contest of the season, while Patterson extended his hitting streak to 12 games with his second-inning triple.

The Spartans return to action on Tuesday, April 2, traveling to Presbyterian College for a date with the Blue Hose. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m.

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