Spartans Drop Doubleheader Nightcap to No. 23 Mercer

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate baseball team held a four-run third-inning lead in game two of a doubleheader Friday evening, but No. 23 Mercer rallied for a dozen unanswered runs to pick up a 12-5 victory at Harley Park in game two of a three game Atlantic Sun Conference series.

The Spartans (24-21, 8-12 A-Sun) drop both ends of the doubleheader and have lost 10 straight games to the Bears (35-12, 14-6 A-Sun) in the all-time series.

The two teams will meet for the third time in less than 24 hours with game three of the series moved up to Saturday at 11 a.m. to avoid expected inclement weather in the area.

After needing his final at-bat in game one of the doubleheader to extend his hitting streak to 13 games, Brody Greer wasted no time in the nightcap when he lined a single down the left field line in the second inning to give the junior a 14-game hitting streak.

The one-out single for Greer ignited an early rally as the Spartans used RBI hits from Luke Weber and Tyler Miller to cap a three-run second inning and take a 3-0 lead.

Upstate added to that lead in the third frame when Gaither Bumgardner led off with a double down the right field line and came around to score when Greer came up big again, this time with a two-out single to plate Bumgardner and give the Spartans a 4-0 lead.

That four-run lead would be short lived however, as Mercer broke out the bats and scored runs in each of the next five innings and opened up a 12-4 lead in the eighth inning.

The Spartans managed to push a run across in the ninth on a Brandon Patterson RBI single through the left side, but Mercer held on for the 12-5 victory in game two of the doubleheader after picking up a 7-3 win in game one of the series earlier in the day.

David Roseboom (5-2) suffered the loss, allowing seven earned runs on nine hits, while striking out six. David Teasley (8-2) earned the win for the Bears, coming on in relief and tossing 4.1 innings of no-hit ball.

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