Despite winter weather altering two games this week, the USC Upstate baseball team makes its return to the diamond this weekend when the Spartans host Saint Joseph’s in a three-game series from Harley Park.
The Spartans and Hawks will play a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 1 p.m., with game two following approximately 30 minutes after game one. Game three is scheduled for Sunday at 12 p.m.
Upstate right-hander Brian Boocock (1-1, 6.52) is slated to face righty Tim Ponto (0-0, 2.45) in game one, while RHP Tyler Jackson (0-0, 3.60) will go against RHP Tyler Pallante (0-0, 1.93) in game two. Right-hander Blake Whitney (0-1, 5.40) draws the starting assignment in game three and will matchup against RHP Pat Vanderslice (0-1, 2.08).
Spartan sophomore first baseman Zach Krider enters the weekend leading the team with a .348 batting average to go along with four RBIs and one home run. Junior Jake Beaver owns a .313 batting average and is tied for eighth in the league with a .500 on-base percentage.
Freshman Charlie Carpenter is tops on the team and is tied for seventh in the Atlantic Sun with eight RBIs, while senior Erik Samples paces Upstate with a team-best six runs scored.
Saint Joseph’s dropped a series to Loyola Marymount last weekend and will arrive in Spartanburg with a 1-2 overall record. The Hawks opened the season with a 2-1 win, but fell 7-3 in game two and 10-0 in game three to lose the series.
Senior infielder Stefan Kancylarz leads Saint Joseph’s with a .556 batting average and five runs scored. Junior outfielder John Brue has already hit two home runs and has posted a team-high three RBIs.
Saint Joseph’s and USC Upstate have never met on the diamond in the history of the two schools.