Fincher Earns 450th Career Win over NJIT on Senior Day

Fincher Earns 450th Career Win over NJIT on Senior Day

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Spartanburg, S.C. – USC Upstate head coach Matt Fincher recorded his 450th career win on Friday as USC Upstate defeated NJIT 11-3 on Senior Day at Harley Park. 

Upstate improves to 23-31 overall and 6-14 in the ASUN Conference while NJIT drops to 9-39 overall and 2-18. 

Scoring Breakdown

  • Bottom 1stDevon Ortiz led off the game with a double and reached second on a Pat Raiff walk. Ortiz and Raiff advanced 90 feet on a wild pitch and scored on a Charlie Carpenter ground-rule double. Carpenter scored on a groundout for a 3-0 Upstate advantage.
  • Bottom 2ndBrett Hawkins led off with a double, advanced to third on a flyout and scored on an Ortiz single.
  • Bottom 3rd – Carpenter hit his ninth home run of the season to give the Spartans a 5-0 lead.
  • Top 4th – Justin Etts reached on an error and scored on a single by Evan Pietronico.
  • Bottom 4th – Ortiz reached on a two-out double and scored on a Raiff single.
  • Bottom 6th – Ortiz reached on a single with one out and scored on a Carpenter single. The Spartans added a run on a fielder's choice with two more runs scoring on a Hawkins single.
  • Bottom 7thDylan Wilkinson opened the inning with a single and scored on a Carpenter sacrifice fly.
  • Top 9th – NJIT scored a run thanks to an Upstate error and another run on a Tom Brady single.


  • Carpenter finished a triple short of the cycle as he went 4-for-4 with three runs scored and five RBI.
  • Ortiz went 4-for-6 with two singles, two doubles, three runs scored and an RBI.
  • Raiff went 2-for-3 with two singles, two runs scored and an RBI.
  • Hawkins went 2-for-5 with a single, double, run scored and two RBI.
  • Bourke went 2-for-4 with two singles and an RBI.
  • Brady and Jesse Uttendorfer each had three hits for NIIT.
  • NJIT left 14 runners on base while Upstate stranded 11 baserunners.
  • Kevin Hickey (4-7) earned the win, allowing one unearned run on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts in 5.0 innings.
  • Sean Hupp (1) earned the save, allowing two unearned runs on six hits with a walk and two strikeouts in 4.0 innings.
  • Jared Kacso (0-1) took the loss, allowing five runs on five hits with a walk in 2.0 innings.
  • The 23 wins and six ASUN wins surpass the overall win total and ASUN win total from the 2016 season.
  • Prior to the game, Upstate honored Eric Birklund, Brian Boocock, Hunter Gilbert, Bryan Hathaway, Jordan Miller and Sam Rogers as part of Senior Day festivities.

Up Next

  • Upstate wraps up the 2017 season against NJIT at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

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