FARMVILLE, VA. – USC Upstate head baseball coach earned his 500th career victory on Sunday afternoon, when the Spartans defeated Longwood University 4-2.
With the victory the Spartans not only completed their first Big South Conference sweep of the season, but they also inched a few games closer to .500 with a 20-22 overall record. USC Upstate is now 8-12 in Big South competition this season.
Top 3rd: Davis Wilber drew a two-out full count walk to keep the inning alive for the Spartans. Jeff Taylor singled to first base and Wilber came all the way around to score on a throwing error by the pitcher.
Bottom 5th: Eric Crain tripled to center field with one out in the inning and scored on a sacrifice fly in the next at bat.
Top 7th: Taylor tripled down the right field line to lead-off the top of the seventh inning. Andres Kim singled up the middle to give the Spartans the lead back at 2-1. J.J. Shimko then singled to put Kim in scoring position and Garett Wallace dropped down a sacrifice bunt to put a pair of runners in scoring position. Julian Rip singled to left field and the Spartans held a 3-1 lead.
Bottom 8th: Jawan McAllister walked to lead-off the inning and came around to score on a two-out RBI single by Carlos Garrido.
Top 9th: Shimko began the ninth inning with a solo shot over the right field wall. The homerun was Shimko's first of the year and it gave the Spartans a valuable insurance run.
- Both Jeff Taylor and J.J. Shimko led the Spartans offense with a 3-for-5 day at the plate. For Shimko this is now his seventh consecutive multi-hit game and his second three-hit performance of the weekend.
- Andre Kim and Drake Harris both had a pair of multi-hit performances on the day.
- Trey Van Der Weide picked up his second win of the season on Sunday afternoon. The junior allowed just one earned run over four innings of work.
- USC Upstate will be back in action this Friday night at Harley Park to take on Alabama State at 6:00 p.m.
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