Spartans Host Northern Kentucky in Pivotal Weekend Series

April 23, 2015 at 4:06 pm

The USC Upstate baseball team will play its third consecutive Atlantic Sun Conference series at home when it opens a three-game series with Northern Kentucky Friday at 6 p.m. from Harley Park.

Upstate sophomore right-hander Jordan Miller (1-1, 3.32) is scheduled to start game one and will oppose Northern Kentucky left-hander Evan Korson (2-5, 4.57). Freshman right-hander Blake Whitney (3-2, 4.00) faces fellow right-hander Tyler Miller (1-0, 3.44) in game two, and sophomore righty Zac Manuppelli (1-3, 5.74) matches up with southpaw Matt Jefferson (2-5, 6.64) Sunday in the finale.

Upstate enters the weekend coming off a 10-7 victory over crosstown rival Wednesday at Harley Park. Miller registered a career-high four hits and Sam Kysor drove in a career-best three runs to help the Spartans rally from a four-run deficit.

Dylan Parker pitched the first five innings and earned his third win of the season and Zach Mitchell tallied his first career save with two scoreless innings in relief.

Sophomore infielder Zach Krider had two hits and two RBIs against the Terriers and leads Upstate with a .380 batting average to go along with 25 RBIs. Shortstop Daniel Fickas is second on the team with a .341 batting average and stands third in the league with 60 hits.

Second baseman Erik Samples had one double against Wofford and ranks second in the league with 15. The Hampton, S.C., native also stands tied for 12th all-time at Upstate with 34 career doubles.

Freshman Charlie Carpenter collected five RBIs during the week, which included four on a grand slam Tuesday at Presbyterian, and leads Upstate and ranks fifth in the conference with 39.

Northern Kentucky won its first conference game of the season Sunday when the Norse defeated Stetson 6-4 Sunday in the final game of a three-game series. The Norse arrive in Spartanburg with a 1-8 record in league play and sit in eighth place in the conference standings. Overall, Northern Kentucky is 13-24 following its 9-6 loss Wednesday at Evansville.

Senior outfielder Cole Bauml leads Northern Kentucky and ranks second in the A-Sun with a .389 batting average and is tied for fourth in the league with seven home runs. Junior catcher Cody Kuznizci paces the Norse with 22 RBIs and is second on the club with four home runs.

Upstate is 4-2 in the all-time series with Northern Kentucky after winning the only two series played between the two schools.

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