Jacksonville, Fla. – Michael Baumann pitched five scoreless innings and won his seventh game to lead Jacksonville to a 6-1 victory over USC Upstate Thursday in game one of a three-game series from Sessions Stadium.
Andrew Ciocia pitched the final four innings and picked up his second save of the season.
Upstate starting pitcher Dylan Parker matched Baumann through the first three innings, giving up just two hits while allowing only one base runner to reach second base. But the Dolphins broke through on Parker in the fourth inning when Angelo Amendolare double to right-centerfield to drive in Drew Luther from second. Samuel Armstrong and Austin Hays added RBIs later in the inning to help build a 3-0 advantage.
Connor Marabell drove in two runs and Cameron Gibson added an RBI single in the fifth to put Jacksonville out in front 6-0.
Upstate reliever Tyler Jackson came on in relief of Parker and held Jacksonville scoreless over his 2.2 innings of work. Freshman Kevin Hickey pitched around a leadoff single in the eight and fanned shortstop JJ Gould to end the inning.
Daniel Fickas drove in the only run for Upstate with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning. James Fowlkes doubled earlier in the inning and scored from third on Fickas’ 18th RBI of the season.
Erik Samples had two hits, including his team-leading 17th double of the season to move into 12th place on the Upstate all-time list with 34. Left fielder J.J. Shimko also had two hits for the Spartans.
Upstate and Jacksonville play game two Friday at 6:30 p.m. with right-handers Blake Whitney and Spencer Stockton matching up on the mound.