Spartans Welcome College of Charleston for Midweek Clash

March 31, 2015 at 9:11 am

Spartanburg, S.C. – The USC Upstate baseball team returns home after a four-game road trip to host in-state rival College of Charleston Tuesday at 6 p.m. from Harley Park.

Sophomore right-hander Tyler Jackson (0-3, 6.67) is slated to draw the start on the mound and will oppose College of Charleston right-hander Nathan Helvey (2-3, 5.16).  Jackson is coming off his longest outing of the season after lasting six innings March 25 at Winthrop.

The Spartans enter the week coming off a series loss over the weekend at Kennesaw State. Upstate won game two of the series after overcoming a five-run deficit, but Kennesaw State used two big innings to erase to different deficits on its way to winning the rubber game.

Upstate shortstop Daniel Fickas hit .385 in the series with the Owls and upped his batting average to .316 and now ranks second on the team. Fickas has also scored 24 runs and is a perfect 5-for-5 in stolen base attempts.

Fellow infielder Erik Samples stands third on the team with a .301 batting average and is third in the conference with 11 doubles. The Hampton, S.C., native doubled in the ninth inning Friday against Kennesaw State to move into a tie for 20th all-time at Upstate with 28 career doubles.

Charlie Carpenter registered three RBIs over the weekend and is tops on the team and eighth in the A-Sun with 27. Right fielder Cody Brittain leads the club and is tied for seventh in the league with three home runs.

College of Charleston (17-7) swept its series at James Madison over the weekend and arrives in Spartanburg having won seven of its last eight games. In addition, the Cougars have won six straight road games and have not lost away from home since losing 8-3 at No. 10 South Carolina on Feb. 14.

Junior outfielder Morgan Phillips leads College of Charleston with a .359 batting average to go along with 23 RBIs. Infielder Carl Wise paces the Cougars with 36 RBIs and eight home runs, which includes one earlier this season against Upstate.

College of Charleston leads the all-time series with Upstate 6-4, but the Cougars are just 1-3 in games played at Harley Park.

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