SPARTANBURG, S.C. – On Saturday afternoon, USC Upstate dropped a pair of Atlantic Sun contests to the visiting Stetson Hatters. Stetson, ranked 20th-nationally, scored a total of 19 runs on 22 hits in the twinbill to take the series from the homestanding Spartans.
Stetson improves to 22-7 overall and now own a 9-3 mark in league play, while Upstate dips to 11-18 on the season and 5-8 in the A-Sun.
No. 20 Stetson 9, Upstate 2 (DH Game 1)
After not scoring a single run on Friday night, it didn't take the Hatters long to get on the scoreboard as they scored a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. Ben Carhart delivered a two-out two RBI single to left allowing Robert Crews and Nick Rickles to cross home plate.
In the bottom of the second the Spartans appeared to have a rally starting as they had runners on first and second, however Tyler Miller (Fort Mill, S.C.) struck out and Anthony Vacca (Fonthill, Ontario) grounded out to end the second.
Upstate had the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth, but all three Spartan base runners were stranded as Blake Green (Rock Hill, S.C.) struck out, followed by fly outs to left by Tyler Cook (Bloomington, Ill.) and Trey Richardson (Lakeland, Fla.).
Already leading 4-0 entering the seventh, Stetson was able to double its lead thanks to a four-run inning. The inning was capped by Jeff Simpson's two-RBI single up the middle.
Stetson pushed its lead to 9-0 when Spencer Theisen drew a bases loaded walk, allowing Mark Jones to score the final Hatter run of the game.
Upstate was able to get on the board with a pair of runs in the home half of the ninth as Tyler Miller scored on a passed ball and Branden Millhouse (Summerville, S.C.) scored on Austin Liput's (Oviedo, Fla.) single to left.
Stetson's starting pitcher Kurt Schluter improved to 5-0 on the season after pitching five innings, scattering six hits with four punchouts. Jake Boyd pitched the final four innings of the contest for the Hatters and picked up save number four of the season. Boyd allowed two runs on six hits with three strikeouts and a pair of walks.
Upstate starter Andrew Wyant (Newton, N.C.) took the loss after allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits with a pair of strikeouts in five innings on the hill.
No. 20 Stetson 10, Upstate 4 (DH Game 2)
Stetson again got on the scoreboard first when Robert Crews hit a home run over the right center field wall in the top of the first inning.
Upstate tied the game in the second when Austin Liput scored on Tyler Miller's double to right field.
Stetson took the lead for good in the top of the third when the Hatters broke through with a six-run inning. Two of the six Hatter runs were unearned and the Stetson third was highlighted by Mark Jones two-RBI double down the left field line.
The Spartans were able to cut into the deficit with two runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth. Trey Richardson started the inning with a single to center field. Liput followed with his fifth triple of the season, allowing Richardson to score easily. Luke Weber (Spartanburg, S.C.) grounded out to short, but Liput was able to score and the Spartans trailed 7-3 after four complete innings.
Stetson added a single run in the sixth, eighth and ninth innings to finish with 10 runs on 12 hits in the series finale.
Upstate added one run in the eighth when Grason Wiggins scored on a sacrifice fly by Liput.
Tucker Donahue picked up his first win of the season as he pitched six innings allowing three runs on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts. Upstate starter David Roseboom (Pattersonville, N.Y.) was tagged with the loss after giving up nine hits and eight runs (six earned) with five strikeouts.
Richardson and Liput led the Spartans at the dish in the series finale. Richardson finished 2-for-4 with a run, while Liput one hit with two runs and two RBI.
The Spartans will return to action on Tuesday when they make the short trip down Interstate 26 to Columbia, S.C., to face No. 4 South Carolina. First pitch between the Spartans and the Gamecocks is slated for 7:00 p.m.