GREENVILLE, S.C. – USC Upstate left 12 runners on base in a 5-4 extra innings loss to Furman on Tuesday evening at Latham Stadium.
With the loss the Spartans are now 17-22 overall on the season, while Furman improves to 16-24 on the year.
Top 3rd: Stone Pellegrino began the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. A ground out by Austin Morgan put Pellegrino just 90 feet away from home plate. Jeff Taylor smacked a ground rule double over the centerfield wall to score the opening run of the game.
Bottom 3rd: Jared Mihalik hit a leadoff homerun over the left field wall tying the game at 1-1.
Bottom 6th: Dax Roper walked to begin the inning and then moved over into scoring position after a Trent Alley single to left field. Logan Taplett slapped an RBI single up the middle of the infield to give the Paladins a 2-1 advantage. The inning came to a close after Taplett stole second and then decided to run back to first, getting tagged out in a 1-4-3 rundown.
Top 7th: Jake Bourke leadoff the top of the seventh inning with an infield single, Pellegrino reached on error and Drake Harris reached on a bunt single to load up the bases for the Spartans. Taylor grounded into a double play but Bourke scored the tying run in the process. Andres Kim singled laced the go-ahead RBI single through the right side of the infield.
Bottom 7th: Grant Hoppock walked Bret Huebner on four straight pitches to begin the inning. Banks Griffith then reached on a Hoppock error and David Webel reached on a bunt single back to the pitcher. Jonathan Carlyle then came on in relief for Hoppock in the seventh inning. One batter later and Roper hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield to tie the game at 3.
Top 9th: Jeff Taylor got the better of his older brother in the top of the ninth inning, working a full count walk to begin the inning. Andres Kim walked and two batters later Julian Rip walked to load up the bases. Stone Stephenson hit a grounder to Bret Huebner, but Huebner bobbled the ball and allowed Taylor to score the go-ahead run.
Bottom 9th: Jabari Richards reached on a four pitch walk to lead-off the inning. Roper hit a liner off Wheeler's foot and the Spartans got the out at first. Richards over ran second and somehow slid into third safely as the ball kicked away from the bag. Trent Alley hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield and the game was once again tied.
Bottom 10th: Taplett doubled down the right field line to begin the bottom of the 10th inning. Mihalik walked and the Paladins had the first two runners on to begin the inning. A passed by Davis Wilber allowed both runners to move into scoring position. Huebner hit a walk-off single down the first base line to give the Paladins the win.
- Jeff Taylor, J.J. Shimko and Garett Wallace all had multi-hit efforts in the loss on Tuesday night. Shimko now has a team best 13 multi-hit games on the season, while Wallace has now hit safely in 10 consecutive games.
- Stone Pellegrino scored a pair of runs in the contest and extended his on-base streak to 11 straight games.
- Sean Hupp and Jonathan Carlyle pitched four innings of scoreless baseball for the Spartans on Tuesday night.
- The USC Upstate baseball team will hit the road this weekend to take on Longwood University. First pitch is scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. start time in Farmville, Va.
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