Upstate Downs Crosstown Rival Wofford

April 22, 2015 at 9:52 pm

Jordan Miller had a career-high four hits and scored two runs to lead USC Upstate to a 10-7 victory over crosstown rival Wofford Wednesday evening from Harley Park.

Sam Kysor added two hits, had a career-best three RBIs and scored two runs to help the Spartans overcome a four-run deficit. Zach Krider, Cody Brittain and Daniel Fickas each finished with two hits and one run scored.

Upstate used a two-out single to left field from Kysor in the second inning to build an early 1-0 advantage. Jake Beaver opened the inning with a walk and moved to second on a sac bunt from James Fowlkes.

An RBI single from Matt Ramsay and consecutive RBI doubles by James Plaisted and Conor Clancey in the third inning led to three runs and put Wofford ahead 3-1. Plaisted put the Terriers ahead 5-1 in the fifth inning with a two-run home run to centerfield.

Upstate answered in the bottom half by loading the bases on a double by Miller, a walk to Fickas and a hit by pitch to Samples. Krider followed with a single to right to score Miller and Charlie Carpenter blooped a single into shallow right to score Fickas. Back-to-back sacrifice flies by Beaver and Fowlkes pulled Upstate even before Kysor laced a two-run double off the right field wall to put the Spartans ahead for good. Upstate tacked on two more runs later in the frame on an RBI single by Fickas and a bases loaded walk to Krider.

RBI doubles by Clancey and Carson Waln in the seventh inning cut the Upstate lead to 9-7, but the Spartans tacked on an insurance run in the eighth when Miller tripled off the right field wall to drive in Kysor from first.

Zach Mitchell pitched the final two innings and held the Terriers hitless to earn his first career save. Dylan Parker pitched the first five innings and picked up his third win of the season.

Wofford reliever Elliot Lance suffered the loss after allowing four runs on five hits in 0.2 innings of work. Starter Jordan Accetta pitched the first four innings and gave up five runs on five hits.

Upstate returns to conference play Friday at 6 p.m. when the Spartans host Northern Kentucky in the first game of a three-game series.

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