Spartans Drop 3-2 Heartbreaker at FGCU
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – For the second straight day, the USC Upstate baseball team dropped an extra inning affair, falling 3-2 in 11 innings to FGCU in game two of a three-game weekend Atlantic Sun Conference series at Swanson Stadium.
After not playing an extra inning contest through the first 38 games of the year, the Spartans (22-18, 7-10 A-Sun) have played two in as many days and came up on the short end both times as the Eagles (22-13, 8-6 A-Sun) celebrated another walk-off victory at the expense of Upstate.
The Spartans scored the first run of the contest in the second inning, using a single and stolen base by Brody Greer and a two-out single by Tyler Miller to give Upstate an early 1-0 lead. The second-inning base knock by Greer extended his hitting streak to nine games.
Both pitchers went to work from there, tossing zeros on the scoreboard for the next five innings until the Eagles rallied in the eighth inning to knot the score at a run apiece.
The lead would be short lived however, as FGCU recorded back-to-back hits to deadlock the score again at 2-2 as the teams played on to the 11th inning.
The Spartans looked to be in control in the top of the 11th, loading the bases with no outs, but an attempted sacrifice fly turned into a double play when Jordan Stampler was gunned down at the plate trying to score and Richardson struck out swinging to end the threat.
The Eagles capitalized from there, using a two-out rally in the bottom of the inning that culminated with a Brandon Bednar single to right center to give FGCU its second straight walk-off victory.
Lost in the marathon affair was another stellar performance from David Roseboom who tossed 7.1 innings and gave up just one run on six hits, while walking two and striking out six. Erik Samples, Paul Jeanot and Brody Greer all saw action on the mound, while Ben Augenstein (2-3) was the tough-luck loser in relief.
Upstate will look to avoid the three-game sweep Sunday afternoon, taking on the Eagles one last time at Swanson Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for noon with Gaither Bumgardner (4-1) getting the call for the Spartans.