Spartans Bounce Blue Hose with Late-Inning Rally

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CLINTON, S.C. – The USC Upstate baseball team used an eight-run eighth inning Tuesday evening to erase a two-run deficit and knock off Presbyterian 13-7 at the PC Baseball Complex in non-conference action.

The Spartans (16-11) pick up their second victory of the season when trailing after seven innings and earn their second road victory of the year with the season sweep over the Blue Hose.

All was quiet with two outs and the bases empty in the top of the first inning when Upstate found their rhythm and scored a trio of two-out runs. Tyler Lesch started the hit parade with a double down the left field line and after a Trey Richardson walk, Brandon Patterson doubled down the right field line to extend his hitting streak to 13 games and give the Spartans a 1-0 lead.

Upstate added two more runs in the first inning when Daniel Seeba worked a full count and unloaded a two-run double to the gap in left center to cap the three-run frame.

The Spartans added single runs in each of the next two innings, as Brody Greer and Jordan Stampler teamed up for back-to-back doubles to plate a run in the second, and Seeba added another RBI in the third, this time a single down the left field line to give Upstate a commanding 5-0 advantage.

The Blue Hose would answer from there, scoring three runs in the third and a single run in the sixth to cut the Upstate lead to just a run at 5-4. The Spartans were in all kinds of trouble in the seventh when Presbyterian loaded the bases and a pair of Spartan errors in one exchange cleared the bases and handed the Blue Hose their first lead of the day at 7-5.

Facing their first deficit of the day, the Spartans bounced back in the eighth inning and rallied for eight runs on seven hits to jump right back on top 13-7. Upstate sent 13 batters to the plate in the frame and used RBI hits from Gaither Bumgardner, Erik Samples and Greer, while back-to-back hit batters fueled the late-inning rally.

Greer (2-0) earned the victory in relief, recording the final two outs of the seventh inning and not allowing a hit. Ben Augenstein got the start and lasted 6.0 innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hits, while walking one and striking out one. Seeba and Josh Howard tossed scoreless frames in the eighth and ninth innings to seal the deal.

The Spartans turn right back around Wednesday evening, welcoming Charlotte to town for a single game at Harley Park. First pitch against the 49ers is set for 6 p.m.

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