Whitney Strikes Out Career-High 12 Batters against Dayton

Whitney Strikes Out Career-High 12 Batters against Dayton

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Spartanburg, S.C. – USC Upstate senior pitcher Blake Whitney struck out a career-high 12 batters but Dayton scored four runs in the ninth inning for a 6-5 win over the Spartans on Friday night at Harley Park.

Dayton improves to 6-11 while USC Upstate drops to 11-11-1.

Scoring Breakdown

  • Bottom 3rdAndres Kim led off the inning with a single, advanced to second on an error and reached third on a wild pitch. Kim scored on a groundout. The Spartans loaded the bases thanks to a pair of hit batters and a walk before Russell Schwertfeger drove in two runs with a double.
  • Bottom 6th – Kim was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a wild pitch. After a Pat Raiff single moved Kim to third, Charlie Carpenter's single brought Kim home for a 4-0 USC Upstate lead.
  • Top 8th – The Flyers scored two runs on a Pat Meehan single.
  • Bottom 8thMason Stewart opened the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Following a wild pitch that moved Stewart to third, a Kyle Gensler infield single scored Stewart.
  • Top 9th – After a strikeout opened the inning, pinch hitter Jeff Steuck was hit by a pitch. After Takahiro Yamada singled and advanced pinch runner Connor Wilson to second, Wilson and Yamada scored on a Connor Echols triple. Echols scored the tying run on a Michael Cleary bunt single. Cleary advanced to third on a Brantley Johnson single before scoring the go-ahead run on a groundout.


  • Whitney struck out a career-high 12 batters while allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits with two walks in 8.0 innings.
  • Jonathan Brus (1-0) earned the win as he recorded the final out of the eighth inning.
  • Josh Nixon (2) recorded the save with a scoreless ninth.
  • Sean Hupp (1-1) was charged with the loss after he allowed four runs on four hits with a strikeout in 1.0 innings.
  • Kim went 2-for-2 with two singles and two runs scored.
  • Schwertfeger went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI.
  • Raiff, Carpenter, Gensler and Austin Morgan each had a single.
  • Echols and Meehan each had two hits to lead Dayton.
  • USC Upstate left 12 runners on base while Dayton stranded four baserunners.
  • The teams combined to hit seven batters.

Up Next

  • USC Upstate and Dayton continue their series on Saturday at 2 p.m.

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