Bumgardner Plays Superhero as Spartans Blank Lipscomb 4-0

Bumgardner Plays Superhero as Spartans Blank Lipscomb 4-0

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Gaither Bumgardner did it all Sunday afternoon in the series finale at Lipscomb University, tossing 8.0 shutout innings and reaching base five times to lead the USC Upstate baseball team to a 4-0 victory over the Bisons at Ken Dugan Field in Atlantic Sun Conference action.

The Spartans (19-12, 6-6 A-Sun) capture their second consecutive series victory with the win, while the Bisons (11-22, 3-6 A-Sun) drop their third straight series to open conference play and now trail the all-time series with Upstate 8-7.

Dating back to the 2011 season, the Spartans have held Lipscomb scoreless in 22 consecutive innings during the series finale, including shutouts in each of the last two seasons.

Bumgardner (4-0) was nearly unhittable on the mound, lasting 8.0 innings and giving up two hits and no runs, while striking out five. He surrendered a two-out single in the third and one more in the eighth, but escaped both innings unscathed.

He also got the job done at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two doubles and two runs scores. Bumgardner reached base two other times after being hit by a pair of pitches.

The Spartans scored the first run of the game in the opening frame when Bumgardner lined a one-out double down the right field line and Tyler Lesch followed and drove in his fourth run of the weekend with a single up the middle to give Upstate an early 1-0 lead.

After a scoreless second inning, Upstate loaded the bases in the third with a hit batter and back-to-back singles, before Daniel Seeba and Brody Greer each recorded an RBI without the benefit of a hit to extend the Spartan lead to 3-0.

Brandon Patterson sent the lead to 4-0 in the fourth when he legged out a bases loaded infield single to send Tyler Miller home and collect his team-leading 14th two-out RBI of the year.

Chad Sobotka came on to close the ninth inning in a non-save situation and shut down the Bisons, walking the leadoff batter but not allowing another base-runner to secure the series victory.

The Spartans return to action with a pair of mid-week games, playing host to Davidson Tuesday and Charleston Southern Wednesday. Both contests are set to start at 6 p.m. at Harley Park.

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