Spartans Welcome Charleston Southern, Columbia to Harley Park

March 17, 2015 at 4:55 pm

The USC Upstate baseball teams opens a six-game homestand Wednesday at 6 p.m. when the Spartans welcome Charleston Southern to Harley Park to begin a stretch of five games in five days.

The Spartans will host Ivy League foe Columbia in a four-game series beginning Thursday at 6 p.m. Game two follows Friday at 6 p.m., game three Saturday at 2 p.m. and game four Sunday at noon.

Spartan sophomore Zach Mitchell (0-1) draws the starting assignment against Charleston Southern, while Tyler Jackson (0-2), Brian Boocock (3-2), Blake Whitney (1-1) and Zac Manuppelli (1-1) are slated to face Columbia.

Upstate enters the midweek with a .279 team batting average and has six starters with a .288 batting average or better. Sophomore Zach Krider stands fourth in the league with a .391 batting average and is tied for seventh with 27 hits. The Longwood, Fla., native is also tied for fifth in the A-Sun with 19 RBIs to go along with two home runs.

Spartan newcomer Cody Brittain hit .455 over the weekend at the First Pitch Invitational and upped his overall average to .322 and ranks second on the team. Brittain is fifth in the league with five home runs and is fourth on the team with 11 RBIs. The White Hall, Md., native has also hit safely in six straight games.

Freshman Charlie Carpenter is tied with Krider with 19 RBIs and has recorded a team-high seven multi-RBI games.

Charleston Southern opened Big South Conference play last weekend and took two of three at UNC Asheville to improve to 10-7. The Buccaneers host Lafayette Tuesday at 6 p.m. before traveling to Spartanburg.

Catcher Andrew Widell leads Charleston Southern with a .397 batting average and 18 RBIs. Widell has also connected for eight doubles and three home runs.

Columbia has lost five consecutive games after its two-game sweep over the weekend at UNC Wilmington. The Lions (3-7) take on Duke Tuesday and Wednesday before facing the Spartans.

Senior outfielder Joey Falcone is tops of the team with a .410 batting average and 10 RBIs. Will Savage stands second with a .341 batting clip and has stolen a team-high two bases.