Spartans down Campbell, 5-1, in Season Finale
BUIES CREEK, N.C. – USC Upstate senior Blake Green (Rock Hill, S.C.) posted four hits in five at bats with two runs as the Spartans downed the homestanding Campbell Camels, 5-1, on Friday afternoon at Taylor Field.
Green's four hits pushed his season total to 95 hits and the senior Spartan finished the campaign with a .399 batting average.
In the top of the first, the Spartans (19-36, 10-18 A-Sun) struck for a pair of runs to take an early 2-0 lead. Green led-off the game with a single and later scored on Anthony Vacca's (Fonthill, Ontario) fielder's choice RBI. Austin Liput (Oviedo, Fla.) also scored in the inning as the junior crossed home plate when Luke Weber (Spartanburg, S.C.) reached on a fielding error by Campbell third baseman, Kyle Holmstrom.
Campbell (17-37, 3-27) cut the Spartan lead in half when Holmstrom hit a solo home run over the wall in left in the bottom of the fourth.
Upstate answered right back with another two-spot in the top of the fifth. Green scored his second run of the game on Liput's RBI double to the gap in left center. Liput crossed home plate when Tyler Miller (Fort Mill, S.C.) delivered a RBI single up the middle.
The Spartans scored a single run in the sixth, setting the final tally at 5-1. Gaither Bumgardner (Fort Lawn, S.C.) picked up his lone hit of the contest as he drove in Branden Millhouse (Summerville, S.C.) with a single through the right side.
Upstate's Scott DeCecco (Cape May Courthouse, N.J.) closed out his sophomore campaign with an eight-inning performance in which he allowed just one run. Over the course of his 114-pitch outing, DeCecco (5-6) gave up seven hits with two strikeouts and two walks. Chris Knauff (Marietta, Ga.) closed the door on the Camels as he pitched a scoreless ninth, allowing one hit with one strikeout and one walk.
Campbell starter, Logan Self took the loss to fall to 1-9 on the season after going just 5.2 innings. Self was responsible for all five Spartan runs (four earned) on eight hits with four punch outs and three walks.
In addition to Green's 4-for-5 effort and two runs, the Spartans were also paced by Liput's two runs and RBI double.
Ben Fish led the Camels with a 3-for-4 effort at the dish.
Upstate finishes with a 10-2 record against the Camels in A-Sun play as Campbell shifts to the Big South Conference on July 1, 2011. Friday's finale also spells the end of the Spartans transitional phase to Division I as all 17 of the athletics programs will be fully eligible for A-Sun and NCAA Championships beginning this fall.