March 8, 2011

Spartans Strand 11 in 4-0 Loss at #21 College of Charleston

MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – USC Upstate stranded a total of 11 runners on Tuesday afternoon allowing No. 21 College of Charleston to claim the 4-0 win at the Patriots Point Baseball Park.

The Cougars (11-2) started the bottom of the first with a double to right center by Marty Gantt.  Gantt was able to advance to third on the play on an error by Upstate's center fielder, Blake Green.  Rob Kral singled through the right side allowing Gantt to score from third, giving College of Charleston a 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the third, the Cougars pushed the lead to 2-0 when Cole Raker scored on Matt Leeds fielder's choice.

Upstate (4-8) had runners at first and second with just one out but Austin Liput (Oviedo, Fla.) flied out to left and Tyler Miller (Fort Mill, S.C.) struck out to end the Spartan threat.

College of Charleston tacked on two runs in the bottom of the fourth to increase the margin to 4-0.

After a single by Miller and Luke Weber (Spartanburg, S.C.) reaching first via a base on balls, the Spartans had two on with just one out in the top of the seventh.  The Spartans failed to score again as Grason Wiggins (Statesboro, Ga.) flied out to right and Anthony Vacca (Fonthill, Ontario) grounded out to first.

The Spartans again started a rally in the eighth and had the bases loaded with two outs, but Liput was forced out at second on Miller's fielder's choice.

Upstate had a pair of runners on base in the ninth but back-to-back groundouts ended the game.

Spartan starter David Roseboom (Pattersonville , N.Y.) was tagged with the loss as he allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits in three innings of work.  Roseboom (0-2) struck out two during his fourth outing of the season.

Cougar starting pitcher Christian Powell improved to 2-0 on the season as he pitched 5.2 innings with two hits, two walks and three strikeouts.

Miller and Trey Richardson (Lakeland, Fla.) each collected two hits on Tuesday to lead the Spartans.

Upstate will wrap-up its Charleston road trip tomorrow afternoon with a 2:00 p.m. first pitch at Charleston Southern.