February 17, 2012

Upstate Baseball Opens Season Grounding Eastern Michigan Eagles, 12-1

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate baseball team (1-0) opened the 2012 campaign downing Eastern Michigan (0-1) 12-1 at Harley Park today.

The Spartans jumped ahead early, plating a run in the bottom of the first inning off of an Eagle throwing error. Upstate scored a pair of runs in the fourth inning, before tallying five in the bottom of the fifth off of two hits and two errors. The Spartans recorded four more runs in the sixth inning, giving them a 12-0 lead.

Eastern Michigan's lone run came in the top of the eighth inning. With two outs, Lee Longo singled up the middle for the Eagles. Upstate senior Andrew Wyant (Newton, N.C.) then walked Kyle Klein. With two outs and runners on second and third, Dae Bowden singled up the middle, scoring Longo as Klein advanced to second. Wyant kept things interesting as he walked Bo Kinder, loading the bases with two outs. However, the Spartan righty sat down John Rubino as he struck out looking.

Upstate sophomore David Roseboom (Pattersonville, N.Y.) picked up the win, while Eastern Michigan's Steve Weber had the loss. Roseboom tossed six innings, giving up four hits and no runs. The lefty fanned four Eagle batters and walked one. Weber allowed three runs, including one earned run off of eight hits. He struck out two Spartan batters and walked one in four innings on the hill.

Junior Gaither Bumgardner (Fort Lawn, S.C.) and freshman Greg Guers (Langhorne, Pa.) both went 3-for-5 at the dish for the Spartans, while Guers scored two runs and batted in one. Sophomore Brody Greer (Honea Path, S.C.) led Upstate, scoring three runs off of a 3-for-4 outing. Senior Dillon Way (Orangeburg, S.C.) posted a team-high three RBI, while scoring one run and going 1-for-1 at the plate.

Other noteworthy Spartan batters included sophomore Luke Weber (Spartanburg, S.C.) and junior Tyler Miller (Fort Mill, S.C.). Luke Webber went 1-for-2 at bat, scoring twice, while Miller went 1-for-3 and tallied two runs.

Upstate returns to action tomorrow, hosting Ball State at 3 p.m. Follow the Spartans this season on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.