Spartans Welcome In-State Foe Winthrop to Harley Park

March 3, 2015 at 11:26 am

The USC Upstate baseball team puts its three-game winning streak on the line Wednesday at 4 p.m. when the Spartans welcome in-state rival Winthrop to Harley Park.

Upstate enters the week coming off a three-game series sweep of Saint Joseph’s over the weekend in which the Spartans posted a 1.67 team earned run average, holding the Hawks to just five earned runs in 27.0 innings of work.

Spartans hurlers Brian Boocock, Dylan Parker and Blake Whitney each earned a win during the series to help Upstate secure its first three-game sweep since 2013. Whitney was tabbed the A-Sun Pitcher of the Week after shutting on the Hawks in six innings of work while collecting 10 strikeouts. Parker is slated to start against Winthrop and will be in search of his second win of the season.

Sophomore first baseman Zach Krider hit .500 with four RBIs against Saint Joseph’s and leads the team and ranks fifth in the Atlantic Sun with a .394 batting average. Krider also leads the team with five multi-hit games.

Freshman Charlie Carpenter drove in four runs last week and paces the Spartans and stands fourth in the A-Sun with 12 RBIs. The Winter Springs, Fla., native already has registered five games with at least two RBIs.

Winthrop is riding a four-game winning streak after sweeping A-Sun foe Jacksonville over the weekend. The Eagles, however, play at Clemson Tuesday before arriving in Spartanburg.

Junior infielder Mark Lowrie leads Winthrop with a .385 batting average and Anthony Paulsen is second on the team at .375. Infielder Kyle Edwards has driven in a team-best 10 runs.

Upstate and Winthrop will be meeting on the diamond for just the third time. Each team won on its home field last season in the first two games between the two schools.