Early Offense Propels Upstate Past Presbyterian

Early Offense Propels Upstate Past Presbyterian

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate baseball team continued its early season offensive onslaught Wednesday afternoon, scoring five runs in the first two innings to knock off Presbyterian 5-2 at Harley Park in non-conference action.

The Spartans (2-1) get back on track after dropping a heartbreaker to No. 8 Kentucky Monday afternoon, while the Blue Hose (1-4) continue to struggle on their current nine-game road swing to open the year.

Upstate got the offensive rolling early and often, scoring a run in the first inning and four more in the second frame to take a commanding 5-0 lead.

Jordan Stampler led off the afternoon with a double down the left field line and came around to score the first run of the game later in the inning on a Luke Weber Sacrifice fly.

Upstate turned into a doubles machine in the second frame, using extra base hits from Trey Richardson, Brody Greer and Tyler Lesch to plate four more runs and give the Spartans a 5-0 advantage.

The Spartans have now outscored their opponents 15-2 over the first two innings and by 19 runs overall in the first three games.

The Blue Hose managed to score a run in the fifth on a bases loaded walk and an unearned run in the ninth, but the Spartans used four more stellar innings from the bullpen to seal the victory.

Chris Cox (1-0) picked up the win, tossing 5.0 innings and giving up just one run on three hits, while walking four and striking out four.

Ben Augenstein led a group of four relief pitchers that tossed an inning apiece and combined to strikeout three and not allow an earned run.

Stampler led the way at the top of the order, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a run batted in, while Gaither Bumgardner and Greer tallied two hits apiece.

The Spartans return to action this weekend, welcoming George Washington to town for a three-game series at Harley Park. Upstate will take on the Colonials Friday at 4 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

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