Spartans Drop Mid-Week Affair to ETSU
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – In a rare non-conference tilt between a pair of A-Sun schools, USC Upstate fell to ETSU by a score of 6-3 on Tuesday night at Harley Park.
ETSU (21-9) reliever Dak Rissman improved to 4-0 on the season after pitching three innings of relief, allowing one unearned run on two hits with one walk and one strikeout. Bo Reeder picked up his 12th save after pitching a scoreless ninth inning.
Upstate (12-23) reliever Andrew Wyant (Newton, N.C.) was tagged with the loss after allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits in six innings of work. During his 96-pitch outing, Wyant struck out three and walked one.
ETSU broke the scoreless battle in the top of the third inning when Derek Trent hit a three-run home run down the right field line to put the Bucs in front, 3-0.
Upstate was able to cut the ETSU lead to just one run with a two-run fifth inning. With Dillon Way (Orangeburg, S.C.) standing on first and Blake Green (Rock Hill, S.C.) at second, Austin Liput (Oviedo, Fla.) singled to second base and was able to advance to second on a throwing error by second baseman Derek Niesman. The ETSU error allowed Green to score and Way to reach third base. Way was able to score on an RBI groundout by Trey Richardson (Lakeland, Fla.).
The Spartans tied the game at 3-3 with a single run in the home half of the sixth. Branden Millhouse (Summerville, S.C.) grounded out to second, allowing Anthony Vacca (Fonthill, Ontario) to cross home plate.
ETSU regained the lead in the top of the seventh when Derek Trent hit his second home run of the game. Trent's two-run blast to right came with two outs in the inning as ETSU pushed ahead 5-3.
The Bucs tacked on another run in the ninth and set the final margin at 6-3 as the Spartans went scoreless in the bottom of the ninth.
Way led the Spartans at the plate as the junior finished 3-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. Richardson picked up two hits on Tuesday night and drove in one.
Upstate will return to action tomorrow night as it makes the trek up Interstate 85 to Charlotte, N.C., to face the 25th-ranked Charlotte 49ers. First pitch at Hayes Stadium is slated for 6:00 p.m.