Upstate Falls at South Carolina

May 13, 2015 at 8:25 am

Upstate alumna and benefactor Dodie Anderson ’81 was honored at the May 12 Upstate vs. USC baseball game, and presented with a memento for her devotion to Spartan Athletics. Mrs. Anderson, at right, pictured with Eddie Payne, Upstate men’s basketball head coach, was presented by with a framed photo of a basketball game scene where an over-sized likeness of Dodie was held up at a moment of celebration. The gift from Chancellor Tom Moore is inscribed, “You never miss a Spartans ballgame.”

Alex Destino drove in four runs and South Carolina scored 15 runs with two outs in a 17-0 victory over USC Upstate Tuesday night from Carolina Stadium.

Catcher Hunter Taylor had two hits and drove in three runs and third baseman Madison Stokes added three hits and two RBIs for the Gamecocks.

USC Upstate starting pitcher Eric Birklund allowed a leadoff walk to centerfielder Gene Cone in the first inning before setting down eight in a row. Cone snapped the streak with two outs in the third inning when he drew his second walk of the game. Marcus Mooney followed with a single and Kyle Martin walked on a full count to load the bases. Consecutive walks to Elliott Caldwell and Destino forced in two runs and Taylor capped the scoring with a two-run double to left.

Birklund gave up four runs in 2.2 innings of work and took the loss. South Carolina relief pitcher John Parke allowed three hits and struck out three in 3.1 innings and earned the win.

South Carolina tacked on five more runs in the fourth inning on an RBI single by Clark Scolamiero, a sacrifice fly from Mooney and a three-run home run by Destino.

Taylor added an RBI single and Stokes drove in a pair of runs with a single in the sixth inning, and a three-run double from Jordan Gore highlighted a five-run eighth inning for South Carolina.

Upstate plays its final conference series of the season this weekend when the Spartans travel to Jacksonville, Fla., to face Jacksonville in a three-game series from John Sessions Stadium. Game one is schedule for Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Follow Upstate baseball all season long on your mobile device, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.