Spartans Clash with In-State Rivals Presbyterian, Wofford

April 21, 2015 at 9:31 am

The USC Upstate baseball team faces a pair of in-state rivals this week when the Spartans travel to Presbyterian Tuesday at 3 p.m. before returning home Wednesday at 6 p.m. to host Wofford.

Spartan sophomore right-hander Tyler Jackson is expected to be on the mound for the Spartans Tuesday at the PC Baseball Complex. Presbyterian has yet to announce its starting pitcher.

Upstate sophomore infielder Zach Krider made his return to the lineup last week and opens play Tuesday leading the Spartans with a .363 batting average. Fellow sophomore infielder Daniel Fickas ranks second on the team with a .339 batting average and is tied for third in the league with 57 hits and fourth with 36 runs scored.

Senior Erik Samples is third on the club with a .304 batting average and has reached base safely in 24 straight games. The Hampton, S.C., native is also tied for fourth in the A-Sun with 13 doubles and 17th all-time at Upstate with 30 career doubles.

Infielder Charlie Carpenter ranks ninth in the conference with 34 RBIs and has the most RBIs by a Spartan since 2013.

Presbyterian was swept at High Point over the weekend to fall to 22-18 overall and 6-11 on the road. The Blue Hose, however, posted a 16-7 victory over Upstate earlier in the season at Harley Park.

Cather Cam McRae owns a team-best .355 batting average go to along with four home runs and 28 RBIs, while infielder Jay Lizanich stands second on the team with a .323 batting average and 25 runs driven in.

USC Upstate is 18-16 in the all-time series with Presbyterian.

Wofford enters play with a 28-13 overall record after splitting a rain-shortened series with Mercer over the weekend. The Terriers and Spartans were scheduled to play last Tuesday in the first of two meetings this season, but heavy rains throughout the Upstate forced the game to be cancelled.

Senior outfielder Matt Ramsay owns a team-high .363 batting average and infielder Conor Clancey is tops on the team with 44 RBIs and seven home runs.

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