38 - Gaither Bumgardner
Gaither Bumgardner
Height: 6-6
Weight: 215
Year: Junior
Hometown: Fort Lawn, S.C.
Position: P/INF
Major: Physical Education
Bats/Throws: R/R
Last School: Great Falls HS

2011: Appeared in and started 42 games as a sophomore… Spent most of time on the diamond at third base while making 10 appearances on the mound (nine starts)… Finished season on a 13-game hit streak, including seven multi-hit games, while posting a .371 batting average with 30 runs and 28 RBI… Closed 2011 campaign … Opened season with a 2-for-5 effort at the plate while driving in three and scoring twice in Upstate’s 16-4 win over George Mason (Feb. 18)… Tallied two hits and three RBI in the Spartans 9-5 win over Iona (Feb. 20)… Recorded two hits against Virginia Tech (Feb. 22) and North Carolina A&T (Feb. 23)… Scored two runs in the Spartans’ victory over the Aggies… Had two hits and a run in three consecutive games (Butler, Feb. 27; at Wofford, Mar. 1; at Gardner-Webb, Mar. 2)… Was 3-for-4 with two runs and one RBI at Jacksonville (Mar. 11)… Was 2-for-4 with one RBI in the finale at Jacksonville (Mar. 12)… Had a 2-for-4 performance with three RBI and two runs against Charleston Southern (Mar. 16)… Tallied four hits, two runs and two RBI in the finale against North Florida (Mar. 19)… Was 3-for-4 with two runs in Upstate’s 8-5 victory against Furman (Mar. 22)… Had two hits and scored a run in the Spartans’ 12-5 series opening win at FGCU (Mar. 25)… Collected two hits and two RBI in a 12-8 victory in the series finale at FGCU (Mar. 26)… Finished 3-for-5 at the plate with one run and one RBI in a 6-2 win at The Citadel (Apr. 22)… Tallied two hits and a run at Virginia Tech (May 4)… Was 2-for-3 with three runs and one RBI in series opener against Mercer (May 14)… Had two hits in the final two games of the Mercer series (May 15)… Finished 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs and two RBI in Upstate’s 8-3 victory at Campbell (May 19)… Had one hit and one run in the season finale, a 5-1 victory over the Camels (May 20)… Bumgardner posted a 1-4 record and a 5.79 ERA in 46 2/3 innings of work on the mound… Struck out seven batters in just four innings of work against Dayton (Feb. 19)… Took the loss against the Flyers after three unearned runs scored… Earned a no decision at Jacksonville (Mar. 12) after pitching six innings, allowing three runs on five hits with four strikeouts… Picked up first career win with a complete game, 130-pitch shutout performance against North Florida (Mar. 19)… Allowed just seven hits and two walks to the Ospreys while striking out a career-best nine batters en route to A-Sun Pitcher of the Week honors (Mar. 21)… Complete game shutout of North Florida was the first of the D-I era for Upstate and first since Matt Branham accomplished the feat on Mar. 17, 2007... The 2-0 shutout of UNF also ended the Ospreys run of 111 games of scoring at least one run... Tossed five full innings at Lipscomb (Apr. 16) after missing nearly three weeks of action due to a hand injury... Allowed just two earned runs and six hits, while earning a no decision… Tossed six complete innings at Kennesaw State (ND, May 7), surrendering six hits and three runs (two earned) while striking out three Owl batters… A member of the A-Sun All-Academic Team.

2010: Played in a total of 47 games, making 45 starts as a freshman... Played at the corners and as an outfielder while amassing 15 appearances on the hill... Finished the season with a .282 batting average with 24 RBI and scored 16 runs... Had nine extra-base hits a season ago (four doubles, four triples and one homerun)... Picked up first career hit and first stolen base in the season opener against Appalachian State (Feb. 20)... Drove in two runs in a victory over Dayton on Feb. 27... Was 2-for-4 at the plate with one RBI and one run... Had two hits to go along with two RBI and two runs against Gardner-Webb on Mar. 24... First career-home run was a grandslam in the sixth inning against Jacksonville on Apr. 3 as he finished with three hits and five RBI... Was 2-for-4 at the plate against Campbell (Apr. 16) and finished with two runs.. Had three hits at Mercer (Apr. 24) and at Stetson (May 8)... Was 2-for-4 with two RBI in the season finale against William & Mary (May 19)... Pitched 44 1/3 innings in 2010, finishing with an 0-7 mark and a 7.71 ERA... Longest outing of the season came at South Carolina (Apr. 20) when he pitched 5.1 innings, giving  up seven hits and four earned runs in Upstate's 4-2 loss... Struck out a career-best six batters at Charleston Southern on Mar. 9... Committed just six errors in the field... A member of the A-Sun All-Academic Team.

High School: A six-year letterwinner at Great Falls High School, also earning four letters in football... Hit .536 as a senior and posted an 8-4 record with a 0.61 ERA on the mound... Earned all-region and all-state honors as well as his third Class A Region III Player of the Year award... Earned a slot in the North/South All-Star Game and was a part of the High School Sports Report's Top 100 prospects in South Carolina... Batted .509, with 28 RBIs and four home runs en route to earning Class A All-State honors as a junior... Helped lead the Red Devils to a final ranking inside the top 10 in the state as a junior... A finalist for the South Carolina "No Spit" All-Star of the Year award... Played with the Palmetto Sand Gnats, the South Charlotte Panthers and the American Legion Post 217 team in the summer... An Honorable Mention All-Area selection as a football quarterback while helping the Red Devils to the Class A state title game as a junior... Led the Red Devils to the second round of the Class A Division II playoffs as a senior, as the team finished with an 8-4 record.

Personal: Born on Jan. 29, 1991 in Rock Hill, S.C... Son of Gaither and Melissa Mackey Bumgardner... Has two sisters, Anna Lonon and Victoria... A physical education major... Favorite food is barbeque ribs... Favorite movie is "Shooter"... Favorite TV show is "SportsCenter"... Favorite actor is Robert Duvall... Favorite quote is "It's not what happens to you, but how you react"... Favorite baseball player is Derek Jeter... Admires his parents.