Games 37-39: USC Upstate (12-24, 2-10) vs. Northern Kentucky (10-20, 4-5)
Friday - Sunday | 4.11. - 4.13.2014 | 3:00 p.m. | 1:00 p.m. | 12:00 p.m. EST
Highland Heights, Ky. | Friendship Field
Spartanburg, S.C. – Having gone a perfect 2-0 during the midweek, the USC Upstate baseball team looks to carry that momentum into a three-game series at Northern Kentucky that begins Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. from Friendship Field. The series will continue Saturday at 1 p.m. and conclude Sunday at noon.
Upstate opened the week with a 3-2 victory over Winthrop behind Zach Mitchell's first career victory. Mitchell pitched a career-long 5.1 innings and held the Eagles to two runs (one earned) on three hits while striking out two.
Strong pitching was again the key to a 2-1 victory over College of Charleston Wednesday night, as junior Dylan Parker earned his first career win after hurling a complete game. Parker, whose previous career-high with 6.1 innings, allowed just one run on 12 hits to go along with two strikeouts.
Seeba and AJ Mackey drove in runs in the second inning to give Parker all the run support he would need. As a team, the Upstate pitching staff boasts a 2.57 earned run average over its last five games.
On offense, junior Erik Samples leads the team with a .309 batting average and is second on the team with 23 RBIs. In addition, Samples is tied for the league-lead and ranks 15th in the nation with 13 doubles. He enters the weekend with an eight-game hitting streak and is hitting .462 during that stretch.
Krider leads the team with 24RBIs, while Lesch is first on the team with seven stolen bases and second with a .308 batting average.
Upstate and Northern Kentucky will be playing just the second all-time series between the two schools. Last year in Spartanburg, Northern Kentucky took game one before Upstate won the final two games to win the series.