Spartans Roll Past Davidson with Two-Out Magic

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate baseball team pounded out 10 hits and scored six two-out runs Tuesday evening to knock off Davidson College 8-3 in non-conference action at Harley Park.

The Spartans (20-12) keep rolling, winning their seventh game in their last eight tries and improving to 5-1 in the month of April, while the Wildcats (9-22) continue to struggle in road contests, dropping their 14th consecutive road game in as many tries this season.

Upstate's first two-out run of the game came in the opening frame when Tyler Lesch unloaded on a solo shot to right center to put the Spartans on top 1-0. The long ball for Lesch was his second of the year and second in the last three games.

The bats came alive again in the third inning when Brandon Patterson drove in a run with a bases loaded single through the left side and Daniel Seeba followed and lifted a sacrifice fly to right field to plate the first two runs of the frame. After a walk from Brody Greer loaded the bases again, Trey Richardson singled to center field with, sending two more two-out runs to the plate and giving the Spartans a 5-0 lead.

Richardson added another two-out RBI in the fifth, singling up the middle to send Seeba racing home and make it 6-0. Patterson and Seeba capped the offensive spurt in the sixth with back-to-back two-out RBI hits to give Upstate an 8-0 advantage heading to the seventh.

Davidson finally broke out in the seventh, scoring a run on an error and one more on a bases loaded walk to cut the Upstate lead to six at 8-2.

The Wildcats used a leadoff triple in the ninth from Nathan Becker who later came in to score the final run of the contest, but Jordan Rusk, who worked the final 2.2 innings, slammed the door to give the Spartans an 8-3 victory.

Ben Augenstein (2-2) was dominate in the early going, allowing just two hits through the first six innings and finishing the day after 6.1 innings of work. He gave up one earned run on four hits and added three walks and six strikeouts.

Richardson paced the offense with his 12th multi-hit game of the season, recording three hits and driving in three runs. Jordan Stampler and Patterson added two hits apiece, while Patterson added his team-leading ninth multi-RBI game of the year.

The Spartans return to action Wednesday evening, welcoming Charleston Southern to town for another non-conference matchup at Harley Park. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.

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