Spartans Face South Carolina in Final Non-Conference Matchup

May 11, 2015 at 5:07 pm

The USC Upstate baseball team closes its 2015 non-conference schedule Tuesday at 7 p.m. when the Spartans travel to Columbia, S.C., to face South Carolina from Carolina Stadium.

The Spartans have won three of their last five games against non-conference competition, which includes wins over Wofford (April 22) and UNC Asheville (May 6) in their last two non-conference games.

Upstate used a career-high four hits from junior Jake Beaver against UNC Asheville in its most recent non-conference game. Beaver has continued his hot streak and collected three hits Sunday against North Florida and enters the week hitting .600 (9-for-15) over his last four games.

Overall, infielder Zach Krider owns a team-leading .367 batting average and has registered multi-hit games in three of his previous five games. Krider is also second on the team with 28 RBIs.

Shortstop Daniel Fickas is second on the team with a .341 batting average and is tied for fourth in the Atlantic Sun with 70 hits. Additionally, Fickas has scored a team-high 47 runs and swiped a team-best 11 bases.

Senior Erik Samples hit. 455 over the weekend against North Florida and upped his overall average to .320 entering the final week of the regular season. The Hampton, S.C., native is also tied for third in the league with 16 doubles and is five shy of setting a new Upstate single-season record.

Charlie Carpenter drove in two runs against North Florida and leads the club and ranks seventh in the conference with 44. Carpenter is attempting to become the first Spartan since 2006 with 50 RBIs in a season.

South Carolina won two of three over the weekend at No. 8 Texas A&M to improve to 30-22 overall. The Gamecocks nearly swept the series, but Texas A&M rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth of game two to secure a 15-14 victory.

Senior outfielder Elliott Caldwell leads South Carolina with a .352 batting average to go along with an SEC-best eight triples. First baseman Kyle Martin ranks second in the SEC with 14 home runs and first with 56 runs batted in to lead a Gamecock offense with 39 home runs.

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