The USC Upstate baseball team puts the finishing touches on its home schedule this weekend when the Spartans welcome North Florida to Harley Park Friday at 6 p.m. for game one of a three-game series.
Spartan senior right-hander Dylan Parker (3-2, 8.91) will draw the start Friday and matchup with North Florida senior righty Evan Incinelli (4-3, 3.21). Blake Whitney (3-3, 4.42) goes up against Bryan Baker (4-2, 3.75) Saturday in game two and Zac Manuppelli (1-4, 6.04) faces Matt Vaka (3-0, 1.35) Sunday in the finale.
Upstate enters the weekend coming off a 5-3 victory at UNC Asheville on Wednesday. Junior Jake Beaver had a career-high four hits and Charlie Carpenter drove in two runs to lead the Spartans on offense. Zach Mitchell picked up the win in relief and Jordan Miller nailed down his first save of the season.
Carpenter now ranks seventh in the Atlantic Sun with 42 RBIs and is attempting to become the first Spartan since 2006 with 50 RBIs in a season. The Winter Park, Fla., native is also tied for fifth in the league with 14 doubles and is riding a 12-game hitting streak.
Third baseman Zach Krider registered two hits at UNC Asheville and leads Upstate with a .379 batting average to go along with 26 RBIs. Daniel Fickas stands second on the club with a .351 batting average and ranks third in the league with 68 hits and ninth with 11 stolen bases.
Senior Erik Samples owns a .311 batting average and is ranked fourth in the conference with 15 doubles. Samples, Parker, Stephen Dowling and Tresco Shannon will all be honored Saturday on Senior Day prior to first pitch.
North Florida won its eighth consecutive game on Wednesday when the Ospreys turned in an 11-0 victory over Savannah State to improve to 36-13 overall. UNF is also 11-4 in league play and sits atop the conference standings.
Sophomore outfielder Donnie Dewees leads both North Florida and the Atlantic Sun in batting average (.435), slugging percentage (.770), on-base percentage (.496), run scored (72), hits (87), RBIs (59) and home runs (14). Trent Higginbothem and Ryan Roberson have 51 RBIs apiece as North Florida leads the conference in both runs scored (389) and RBIs (351).