BLACKSBURG, Va. – In the top of the sixth inning, Blake Green (Rock Hill, S.C.) delivered a two-out RBI single up the middle to collect career hit number 200, however it was the Virginia Tech Hokies that claimed a 6-4 victory on Wednesday night at English Field.
Green became just the ninth player in program history to tally 200 hits in a career and with 201 hits, he is tied for seventh all-time with Andrew Runion (2005-08).
In the top of the ninth, trailing 6-4, USC Upstate (14-30) got a single from Branden Millhouse (Summerville, S.C.) and a double by Green to have a pair of runners in scoring position with no outs. Gaither Bumgardner (Fort Lawn, S.C.) grounded out and Trey Richardson (Lakeland, Fla.) struck out and the Spartans were down to their final out.
Despite being on a pitch count, both starting pitchers earned decisions on Wednesday night. Hokie starter Eddie Campbell picked up the win after allowing two runs on five hits in one inning of work. Upstate's David Roseboom was tagged with the loss after surrendering four runs on just five hits in two innings on the mound. Virginia Tech (27-20) reliever Jake Joyce earned the save after pitching a scoreless ninth.
Upstate opened the game with back-to-back-to-back hits. Weber grounded into a double play, allowing Green to score and put the Spartans in front 1-0. Bumgardner scored on Cook's RBI single, giving Upstate a 2-0 lead after the top of the first.
Virginia Tech answered with three runs in the bottom half of the first to take a 3-2 lead, a lead it never relinquished. The inning was capped by Andrew Rash's two-run home run.
The Hokies increased the lead to 4-2 when Michael Seaborn hit a solo home run with two outs in the home half of the second.
Austin Liput (Oviedo, Fla.) cut the deficit to just one, 4-3, with a solo home run over the wall in left.
Virginia Tech increased its lead to three, with two runs in the bottom of the third. Chad Pinder hit the Hokies' third homer of the game, this time a two-run shot, giving Virginia Tech a 6-3 lead.
Green's RBI single in the sixth, allowing Anthony Vacca (Fonthill, Ontario) to score, setting the final tally at 6-4.
Green lead the Spartans with a 3-for-5 effort with one run and one RBI. Bumgardner and Liput each picked up two hits and combined for two of Upstate's four runs.
The Spartans will return to action this weekend for a three-game A-Sun set at Kennesaw State. The series begins on Friday night at 6:00 p.m. and concludes on Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m.