Spartans Blank Eagles, 6-0, in Series Opener
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Tyler Miller (Fort Mill, S.C.) scored two runs and Trey Richardson (Lakeland, Fla.) drove in three runs to lead USC Upstate to a 6-0 victory over Florida Gulf Coast in the series opener at Harley Park. The contest, that spanned two days due to weather, lasted just two hours and 32 minutes.
With 20 wins this season, the Spartans have surpassed their win total from a season ago (2011, 19 wins).
David Roseboom (Pattersonville, N.Y.) earned the win after tossing seven scoreless innings, allowing just five walks and one walk. The sophomore left-hander also tied a career-high with six strikeouts as he improved to 5-0 in 2012.
Upstate (20-6, 6-1 A-Sun) got on the scoreboard first with a single run in the home half of the third. Miller reached on a throwing error by FGCU third baseman Zack Tillery. Richardson followed with a RBI double that hit the base of the wall in left center. Miller's run in the third ended Eagle starter Ricky Knapp's scoreless inning streak at 21.2 innings.
The two teams traded zeros over the middle innings and the Spartans and the Eagles (9-17, 3-4) combined for four hits and four left on base between the fourth and sixth innings.
The Spartans pushed their lead to 6-0 with three runs in the bottom of the seventh. Austin Liput (Oviedo, Fla.) led off the inning with a single to short and Miller reached first base with a bunt single. Richardson followed with a two-RBI triple to the gap in right center, allowing Liput and Miller to easily score.
Richardson touched home plate when Brody Greer (Honea Path, S.C.) hit a sacrifice fly to right. Jordan Stampler (Davie, Fla.) followed with a single up the middle. After the overnight delay of more than 17.5 hours, Dillon Way (Orangeburg, S.C.) drew a walk to give the Spartans runners at first and second with just one out. After Luke Weber (Spartanburg, S.C.) popped out, Greg Guers (Langhorne, Pa.) singled to load the bases with two outs. Gaither Bumgardner (Fort Lawn, S.C.) delivered a two-out, two-RBI single through the right side to conclude the scoring at 6-0.
FGCU starter Ricky Knapp took the loss and falls to 4-2 on the season. In 6.1 innings, he allowed four earned runs (five total) on eight hits, one walk with two strikeouts. Entering the weekend start, Knapp had allowed a total of six runs (all earned) over his first 41.2 innings of work.
Miller, Richardson and Stampler all tallied two hits in the opener and the trio combined for four of the Spartans six runs.
Sean Dwyer and Brady Anderson paced the Eagles with two hits each.