Spartans Drop Midweek Contest to Virginia Tech
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Spartans totaled eight hits but were unable to score as they left a total of nine runners on base as Virginia Tech recorded a 10-0 win on Tuesday afternoon at Harley Park.
In the bottom of the first inning the Spartans recorded back-to-back singles with two outs and had runners on the corners but the threat was ended when Trey Richardson (Lakeland, Fla.) was out at second on a fielder's choice.
Upstate started the second inning with a single by Gaither Bumgardner (Fort Lawn, S.C.) but the Spartans quickly found themselves with two outs after Dillon Way stuck out swinging and Bumgardner attempted to steal second base.
Freshman left-hander David Roseboom (Pattersonville, N.Y.) got the start on the hill for USC Upstate (2-2). The Spartan rookie sat down the first three Hokie batters that he faced on Tuesday.
Virginia Tech (3-1) scored the first run of the game on a sacrifice fly by Michael Seaborn. With just one out, Roseboom got the next two batters he faced to fly out ending the Hokie threat in the second.
The Hokies added a pair of runs in the third and another in the fourth which signaled the end of Roseboom's day as he went four complete innings scattering six hits as four Hokies crossed home plate.
Virginia Tech added three more runs between the fifth and sixth innings and added on three more in the ninth as it improved to 3-0 all-time against Upstate.
After Roseboom exited the game, the Spartans put the ball in the hands of Ryan Newell (Marietta, Ga.). The sophomore went just 1.2 innings, giving up three runs on two hits and also hit a pair of Hokies.
Jordan Rusk (Longwood, Fla.) pitched the next 2.1 innings, but like Newell he allowed three runs. Chris Knauff finished the game, forcing a double play and a ground out to end the Virginia Tech ninth.
Hokie starter Joe Parsons pitched six complete innings as he scattered seven hits during his outing and finished with four strikeouts. Three different Virginia Tech pitchers closed out the game as Jake Atwell, Sean McDermott and Brandon Fisher all pitched one inning.
Upstate was led at the plate by Bumgardner as the sophomore collected two hits in four at-bats.
The Spartans return to action tomorrow afternoon at 4:00 p.m. when they host North Carolina A&T at Harley Park.