Brittain, Fowlkes Lead Upstate to 14-1 Victory over The Citadel

March 22, 2016 at 9:47 pm

The USC Upstate baseball team set new season-highs in runs and hits Tuesday evening as the Spartans scored a 14-1 non-conference win over The Citadel Bulldogs at Harley Park.

Upstate improves to 10-12 on the season while The Citadel falls to 9-12.

Tyler Jackson (3-2) earned the win after hurling 7.0 innings and allowed one run on seven hits, one walk and seven strikeouts. Dylan Spence (0-2) suffered the loss after surrendering three runs on four hits, two walks and two strikeouts in 2.0 innings of work. Jordan Miller pitched the final 2.0 innings in scoreless fashion on one hit, one walk and two strikeouts.

Brittain and Fowlkes combined for six hits and eight RBI to lead the Spartans offensively. Brittain finished a home run shy of the cycle after going 4-for-5 with four runs scored and three RBI. Fowlkes was 2-for-5 with five RBI and three runs scored. Daniel Fickas added three hits and two RBI, while Devon Ortiz contributed three hits and one RBI. Charlie Carpenter also drove in two runs.

Eight different Bulldog hitters had one hit each in the contest and Shy Phillips collected one RBI.

Upstate struck quickly for a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first highlighted by Brittain’s two-RBI double to left center field. Fickas added an RBI infield single three batters later to make it 3-0. The Spartans extended their lead to 4-0 in the fourth on a sacrifice fly to right field by Fickas.

Upstate broke the game open in the bottom of the fifth courtesy of a four-run frame to go ahead of The Citadel 8-0. Ortiz led off the inning with a triple and came home two batters later on an RBI single to center field by Fowlkes. J.J. Shimko followed by scoring on a wild pitch and Brittain tallied another RBI with his first triple of the game. Carpenter concluded the scoring with a single to drive in Brittain from third.

After Phillips got the Bulldogs on the scoreboard with his single in the top of the seventh, the Spartans scored six more times with one coming in the seventh and five during the eighth inning. Carpenter brought in Brittain, who led off the seventh with another triple, on his grounder back to the pitcher. Fowlkes was responsible for four of the five runs in the eighth after hitting a 1-0 offering over the right field fence for a grand slam. Ortiz also recorded his first career RBI to begin the scoring in the bottom of the eighth.

Upstate wraps up a five-game homestand Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. against Lafayette.

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