Spartans Battle Past Gardner-Webb, 9-2

Spartans Battle Past Gardner-Webb, 9-2

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate baseball team used a trio of three-run innings Wednesday evening to come from behind and pick up a 9-2 victory over Gardner-Webb University at Harley Park in non-conference action.

The Spartans (24-19) get back on track after a loss to Furman Tuesday evening, while the Runnin' Bulldogs (21-20-1), fresh off an upset of No. 15 South Carolina, fall for the sixth time in their last seven games.

A trio big innings was the story of the night, as the Spartans scored three runs in the third, fifth and eighth innings to cruise to a 9-2 victory. Brody Greer continued his impressive work at the plate, extending his hitting streak to 12 games with an RBI bunt single in the third inning to drive in Upstate's first run of the game.

Trey Richardson would follow later in the third inning with a bases loaded two-out single to left field, one of his three hits in the game, to give Upstate an advantage they would never relinquish.

Gaither Bumgardner came to the plate in the fifth inning with the bases full and two outs and hit a grounder up the middle that resulted in an error and three runs coming home to extend the lead to 6-1.

After the GWU added a single run in the sixth, Upstate was back at it again in the eighth, pounding out four hits and scoring three more runs. Daniel Seeba and Richardson tallied RBI base knocks, while Jordan Stampler lifted a sacrifice fly to center to give Upstate all the runs they would need in a 9-2 victory.

Luke Weber recorded his third three-hit game of the year in the win, while Greer not only extended his hitting streak to 12 games, but tallied his 14th multi-hit game of the year with his 2-for-5 performance at the dish.

Chris Cox (4-3) produced his second consecutive quality start, lasting 6.0 innings and allowing just six hits and two unearned runs. He added six strikeouts and finished two pitches shy of the century mark.

David Roseboom and Greer recorded scoreless innings of relief work in the seventh and eighth innings, while Chad Sobotka dominated the GWU hitters in the ninth, tossing 13 pitches and striking out side.

The Spartans return to action over the weekend, playing host to No. 23 Mercer University at Harley Park in a three-game Atlantic Sun Conference series. First pitch Friday is slated for 6 p.m., followed by a 2 p.m. start Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

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