March 20, 2010
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Sophomore Austin Liput (Oviedo, Fla./Trinity Prep) went 6-for-11 with two doubles to lead the USC Upstate baseball team at Cardinal Park on Saturday, but ETSU's offense was enough to keep pace with the third baseman, winning the first game, 11-6, before posting, a 4-3, 10-inning walkoff win in the second game to post the Atlantic Sun Conference sweep.
The Spartans (7-14 overall, 0-6 A-Sun) were able to comeback from a 3-0 deficit in the nightcap to tie it in the eighth inning, but the Bucs (13-4 overall, 3-0 A-Sun) were able to post a walk and two singles together, including the game-winner from Derek Trent with one out in the bottom of the 10th to walk off with the sweep.
Held to just one hit through the first six innings, Upstate rallied in the seventh inning, scoring a pair of runs. Senior Jimmy Tanner (Fayetteville, Ga./Starr's Mill) singled up the middle with one out and sophomore Tyler Cook (Bloomington, Ill./University) followed with a single to right field. A balk moved each runner up a base, allowing them to score easily on a two-out double to right center by sophomore Jeff Medley (Greensboro, N.C./Southeast Guilford).
The Bucs got out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning as Matthew Scruggs led off with a double and Paul Hoilman lifted a two-run homer to left field. ETSU added another run in the sixth inning, as a pair of singles helped score Derek Niesman.
Bo Burton earned the win for the Bucs, pitching 2 1/3 innings and allowing one hit and striking out three. Senior Tyler Oliver (Lawrenceville, Ga./Collins Hill) (1-1) took the hard-luck loss in relief, allowing just one run in 3 1/3 innings. He allowed three hits, one walk and struck out two.
Both starting pitchers pitched well but received no-decisions. For Upstate, senior Matt Branham (Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley) threw six innings, allowing eight hits, three runs and two walks. He struck out seven. ETSU's Ben Booker tossed 7 2/3 innings, allowing six hits, two earned runs and a walk. He also struck out seven.
Hoilman led the Bucs with two hits, a homer and two RBI, Trent added three hits and the game-winning RBI, Scruggs posted two hits and a run and Bo Reeder added two hits and a run. Tanner and Cook led the Spartans with two hits and a run a piece.
Sophomore Austin Liput (Oviedo, Fla./Trinity Prep) paced the Spartans in the first game with the first five-hit game since senior Jimmy Tanner (Fayetteville, Ga./Starr's Mill) posted five hits on Feb. 27, 2009, as he added a run, RBI and two doubles, but the Bucs scored eight runs in the first three innings to take control and sustain a late Upstate rally to win, 11-6.
The Bucs got on the board with a single run on a pair of hits and an error in the second before scoring seven in the third, using six hits, including four doubles, and two walks to take an 8-0 lead.
Upstate cut into the lead with a pair of fourth inning runs, as sophomore Jeff Medley (Greensboro, N.C./Southeast Guilford) doubled to left center. A pair of grounders brought him in before freshman Tyler Miller (Fort Mill, S.C./Fort Mill) singled and junior Blake Green (Rock Hill, S.C./Northwestern) walked, setting up a double to center from Liput. A walk loaded the bases, but Upstate couldn't get any closer, as the Bucs added three more runs to take an 11-2 lead in the fifth inning, as Matthew Scruggs hit a three-run homer.
The Spartans got a rally started with one out in the eighth as Liput walked and back-to-back-to-back errors helped score two runs. After a fly out, freshman Brody Greer (Honea Path, S.C./Belton-Honea Path) scored two more runs with a single to center field to conclude the game's scoring.
Paul Hoilman posted three hits, a double, a run and RBI and Bo Reeder added three hits and two runs to lead the Bucs. Greer also posted two hits and two RBI for Upstate.
Bo Reeder (2-0) earned the win for the Bucs, tossing five innings and allowing eight hits, four walks and two earned runs. He struck out two.
Freshman Scott DeCecco (Cape May Courthouse, N.J./Middle Township) (0-2) took the loss, allowing eight runs and eight hits in three innings. He struck out three. Sophomore Ryan Fern (Oviedo, Fla./Winter Springs) pitched well in relief, tossing four scoreless innings, allowing three hits and strking out two.
Upstate will play its fourth game in as many days in the Volunteer State on Tuesday when it heads to the SEC's Tennessee for a 7 p.m. game on Tuesday.