Late Rally Pushes Charleston Southern Past Upstate

March 11, 2015 at 9:14 am

Charleston, S.C. – Cole Murphy went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored to lead Charleston Southern to an 11-7 victory over USC Upstate Tuesday from CSU Ballpark.

Andrew Widell also finished with four hits to go along with three runs as Charleston Southern held a 21-10 hits advantage.

Zach Krider led Upstate with three hits and two RBIs, while Daniel Fickas added two hits and two RBIs.

Chayce Hubbard pitched 2.1 innings in relief and registered his second win of the season after allowing one run on two hits while striking out four. Tresco Shannon (0-1) suffered the loss for Upstate after allowing two runs on six hits in 3.0 innings in relief of starter Dylan Parker.

Charleston Southern used six hits in the first inning to push across four runs, beginning with an RBI single to right field from Murphy that scored Brandon Burris from third base. Chase Shelton followed with an RBI groundout and Chris Singleton produced the third run with a sacrifice fly to centerfield. Designated hitter Sam Knight capped the scoring with an RBI single to centerfield that scored Murphy from second.

The Buccaneers tacked on another run in the second inning on a sacrifice fly from Murphy to open up a 5-0 lead. Knight scampered home in the third inning on a wild pitch to score the sixth run for Charleston Southern.

Upstate centerfielder James Fowlkes put the Spartans on the board in the fourth inning with a home run to center for his first roundtripper of the season.

Upstate rallied for three more runs in the fifth to chase Charleston Southern starting pitcher Dylan Lee. Jordan Ford drew a two-out walk and came around to score one batter later when Fickas laced a double down the left field line. After back-to-back walks to Erik Samples and Fowlkes to load the bases, Krider plated a pair with a sharp single into left-centerfield.

The Spartans came all the way back to tie the score 6-6 with a pair of runs in the sixth inning. Catcher Charlie Carpenter doubled to right field to open the inning and scored three batters later on a sacrifice fly by Cody Brittain. Fickas delivered the game-tying RBI when his single to shortstop allowed Stephen Dowling to race around from second with Upstate’s sixth unanswered run.

Charleston Southern regained the lead in the sixth with a sac fly from Shelton and an RBI double by Singleton to go 8-5. The Buccaneers pushed across three more runs in the seventh on RBI singles by Nate Blanchard, Murphy and Brian Dye.

Brittain pulled Upstate within 11-7 when he connected for his third home run of the season with a blast to left-centerfield in the eighth. It’s his third home run in his last five games.

Upstate continues its two-game road trip Wednesday at 6 p.m. when the Spartans face College of Charleston from the Ballpark at Patriots Point.