March 13, 2012

Upstate’s Win Streak Halted at Charlotte

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The USC Upstate baseball team managed just five hits Tuesday night and Charlotte scored 11 runs on 16 hits to put an end to the Spartans' 10-game winning streak.

Charlotte (10-7) scored the first runs of the game as the 49ers plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning.  Justin Seager and Miguel Rodriguez each tallied a RBI to give Charlotte the early 2-0 advantage.

Charlotte pushed the lead to 3-0 when Rodriguez scored on a sacrifice fly by J.J. Elseser.  Gaither Bumgardner's (Fort Lawn, S.C.) throw from right center was on line but Rodriguez beat the Dillon Way (Orangeburg, S.C.) tag at the plate.

The 49ers tacked on another run in the bottom of the seventh to extend the lead to 4-0.  Derek Gallello singled through the right side, allowing Tony Montalbano to score.

Upstate (12-2) threatened in the top of the eighth, but was unable to capitalize.  With the bases loaded, Greg Guers (Langhorne, Pa.) reached on a fielder's choice but Luke Weber (Spartanburg, S.C.) was out at second on the 6-4 putout.

Charlotte scored seven runs in its final at-bat to set the final tally at 11-0.  The 49er eighth inning was highlighted by Justin Roland's two-RBI single up the middle.

Upstate starter David Palladino (Emerson, N.J.) took the loss after allowing three runs on nine hits with four walks and three strikeouts.  With the loss, Palladino falls to 2-1 on the season.

Joe Yermal (3-1) earned the win, his 27th career-victory, after allowing just five hits during seven innings of work.  During his 102 pitch performance, he struck out three and walked two.  Corbin Shive earned his first save of the season after ending the Spartan threat in the eighth during his 1.2 inning outing.

Three of the Spartans five hits came from the bottom third of the lineup.  Meanwhile, six different Charlotte batters tallied two or more hits in the contest and all but two batters either scored a run or had a RBI

Upstate will return to action tomorrow evening at Furman.  First pitch in Greenville, S.C. is slated for 6 p.m.

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