Winthrop Holds off Upstate Behind Strong Pitching

March 26, 2015 at 9:47 am

Rock Hill, S.C. – Four Winthrop pitchers held USC Upstate to just one run over the final seven innings en route to a 6-2 victory Wednesday from the Winthrop Ballpark.

Winthrop starting pitcher Arnone Riley pitched the first four innings and allowed the lone run on six hits, while Zach Sightler pitched one inning of relief and picked up the win to improve to 4-1.

Upstate starter Tyler Jackson (0-3) suffered the loss despite allowing only two runs on six hits in six innings of work.

Sam Kysor put Upstate ahead 1-0 in the second inning when he delivered his first RBI of the season with a sacrifice fly into right field. Jake Beaver reached on a single to centerfield to lead off the inning and took third after Jaden Savage slapped a comebacker off Riley’s glove that trickled into shallow right field.

Winthrop pushed across two runs in the fifth inning and took a 2-1 lead on an RBI single from Kyle Edwards and a sacrifice fly from Tyler Asbill. The Eagles loaded the bases on a single, a walk and a fielder’s choice before Edwards registered his 19th RBI of the season with a shot in the hole at second base. Asbill followed with his seventh RBI of the year, but Jackson recorded a strikeout and a groundout thereafter to limit the damage.

The Eagles added four runs in the eighth inning on RBI singles from Roger Gonzalez and Brad Kaczka and a two-run double by Asbill to open up a 6-1 advantage.

Carpenter collected his team-leading 24th RBI of the season in the top of the ninth with a single up the middle to score Daniel Fickas from second. Carpenter finished with a team-high three hits for his seventh multi-hit game of the season.

Upstate returns to the diamond Friday at 6 p.m. when the Spartans travel to Kennesaw, Ga., to begin a three-game series with Kennesaw State.