Long Ball Lifts Spartans to 8-4 Victory over Lafayette

March 24, 2016 at 1:37 pm

Charlie Carpenter and Anthony Vaglica each homered and drove in three runs as the USC Upstate baseball team claimed its third straight win Wednesday evening with an 8-4 triumph over Lafayette in non-conference action at Harley Park.

Upstate improves to 11-12 with the win while Lafayette drops to 4-11 overall.

Lafayette began the game with singles by Michael Coniglio and Jackson Kramer followed by a pair of strikeouts. Alex Woinski delivered a two-out single that scored both Coniglio and Kramer for a 2-0 Leopard lead.

Upstate answered in their half of the first as Carpenter hit his third home run of the season, a three-run blast to right center, that gave Upstate a 3-2 lead. The Spartans added a run in the bottom of the second. Devon Ortiz and J.J Shimko reached on one out singles, with Ortiz scoring on a James Fowlkes base hit.

The Leopards took advantage of an Upstate error to trim the Spartan lead to 4-3 in the third. In the home half of the inning, Zach Krider led off with a single and scored on Vaglica’s two-run home run with two outs. The home run was Vaglica’s first as a Spartan. Krider brought home Cody Brittain on a base hit in the Upstate fourth inning.

Woinski brought collected his third run of the game in the fifth inning, driving in Steven Cohen with a base hit to make the score 7-4. Cohen reached on a ground-rule double.

The Spartans scored the final run of the game in the seventh inning. After Krider led off the inning with a single, Daniel Fickas advanced him into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. Vaglica followed with a single to right field for Upstate’s eighth run of the game.

Krider went 4-for-4 with three singles, a double, RBI and a run scored. Vaglica went 2-for-4 with a home run, single and three RBI. Fowlkes was 2-for-5 with a triple, single and RBI. Carpenter finished 1-for-5 with a home run and three RBI.

Woinski led Lafayette at the plate, going 3-for-4 with three singles and three RBI. Drew Aherne went 3-for-4 with three singles.

Eric Birklund (1-1) earned the win, allowing one run on eight hits in five innings of relief. Brittain allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits in two innings of work. Ari Kaufman (1-2) took the loss, allowing six runs on nine hits with a walk and strikeout in three innings.

Upstate returns to action next Tuesday, traveling to UNC Asheville for a 4 p.m. contest.

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