SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The USC Upstate baseball team committed a season high five errors on Friday night as they lost the series opener to High Point University 4-2.
Top of 2nd: Daniel Millwee and Travis Holt hit back to back singles to begin the top of the second inning. Sam Zayicek laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners into scoring position. JJ Woodard hit a deep sacrifice fly into center field to score the Panthers first run of the game.
Bottom of 3rd: Julian Rip reached first on a hit by pitch and moved over to second on a J.J. Shimko walk. Both runners advanced into scoring position on a Drake Harris sacrifice bunt. Rip came around to score on a wild pitch.
Top of 5th: Evan Bergman reached base on an error by Andres Kim. Bergman came around to score on a Ryan Russell RBI single to left field.
Top of 8th: Woodard and Harris had back-to-back singles to begin the eighth inning of action. With one away in the top of the eighth inning Bergman hit an RBI single down the right field line. Russell laid down a perfectly placed bunt between the pitcher and the catcher and plated the second run of the inning.
- Jason Matthews went 2-for-3 at the plate and he extended his on base streak to 11 games.
- Jake Bourke, Robby McGaha and Stone Stephenson collected the other 3 hits in the ball game.
- Jordan Marks was credited with the loss, after throwing seven complete innings. The sophomore hurler gave up seven hits and allowed two runs and one earned run in the contest.
- USC Upstate and High Point will play the second game of the series tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 p.m. The game will once again be shown on ESPN+.
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