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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The USC Upstate baseball team rallied from a three-run deficit Friday evening, scoring five answered runs to pick a 5-3 victory over Lipscomb University at Ken Dugan Field in Atlantic Sun Conference action.
The Spartans (17-11, 5-5 A-Sun) win their fifth straight game and take a 7-6 lead in the all-time series with Lipscomb, while the Bisons (10-21, 2-5 A-Sun) continue to struggle and have lost six of their last eight games.
Lipscomb struck first in the second inning, using small ball to score a pair of runs as back-to-back singles through the left side provided the damage. The 2-0 lead held true until the fifth inning when the Bisons manufactured another run, executing a perfect squeeze play on a bunt from Aaron Sandoval to bring Drew Adams racing home and make it a 3-0 advantage.
After stranding six runners through the first five innings, Upstate finally broke through in the sixth frame when Luke Weber walked to load the bases and Lipscomb promptly delivered a wild pitch to bring Brandon Patterson home and make it 3-1.
Tyler Miller added to the damage two batters later, singling up the middle to plate Daniel Seeba and cut the lead to just a run at 3-2, but the Spartans stranded two more runners in the inning, including the tying run 90 feet away.
After breaking through in the sixth, Upstate tied it up in the seventh when Gaither Bumgardner reached on an error, and after back-to-back walks another wild pitch scored the tying run and made it 3-3. The Spartans had a chance to take the lead when Seeba lifted a fly to right field, but Trey Richardson was gunned down at the plate to keep the game deadlocked.
The runs kept coming in the eighth inning when Brody Greer walked and Tyler Miller unloaded on an RBI triple to the gap in left center to give Upstate its first lead of the day at 4-3. Jordan Stampler then stepped to the dish and lifted a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Miller and capping a two-run frame to give the Spartans a 5-3 lead.
Meanwhile, Brandon Lee (5-3) continued to toss up zeros and keep the Bison hitters at bay, allowing just the three runs on seven hits in 8.0 innings of work and striking out six batters. Chad Sobotka came on for the ninth inning and faced the minimum for his fifth save of the season.
The series resumes Saturday afternoon with game two of the weekend set at Ken Dugan Field. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. EST with David Roseboom getting the call for the Spartans.