SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate baseball team (14-3, 2-0 A-Sun) defeated Atlantic Sun Conference opponent Lipscomb (7-12, 0-2 A-Sun) 2-1 today at Harley Park as the Spartans held off a ninth inning Bison rally.
The Spartans took a 2-0 lead into the ninth inning, sending freshman Chad Sobotka (Sarasota, Fla.) to the mound to close things out. Lipscomb plated Lee Wilson off of a double down the right field line by Zach Lowery. With the tying run on second and no outs, Sobotka settled down and struck out the next LU batter. Bison second baseman Zak Messer walked, putting the go ahead run on first. Lowery advanced to third as Griffin Moore flied out to center field. With two outs and the tying run on third, Lipscomb's Aaron Sandoval flew out to center, giving Sobotka his fifth save of the season.
Upstate jumped ahead early in the second inning as junior Tyler Miller (Fort Mill, S.C.) scored on a single to right field off the bat of sophomore Brody Greer (Honea Path, S.C.). The Spartans scored again in the bottom of the seventh inning, when senior Dillon Way (Orangeburg, S.C.) singled to third base, plating freshman Brian Thompson (Cherry Hill, N.J.). On the previous play, Thompson reached third off of a sacrifice bunt by junior Jordan Stampler (Davie, Fla.).
On the hill, junior Scott DeCecco (Cape May Couthouse, N.J.) picked up the win for the Spartans, improving to 4-0 on the season. The lefty tossed eight innings, allowing three hits and fanning four Bison batters. Sobotka earned the save, giving up one hit and one earned run, while striking out one.
Josh Cotham took the loss for Lipscomb, falling to 1-2 on the year. He allowed five hits and one earned run, sitting down one Upstate batter in his 2.2 innings of work. Dannie Strable pitched 5.1 innings in relief for the Bison. He gave up three hits and one run, while also collecting one strike out.