Spartans Crush Akron 8-2, Clinch Series Win

Spartans Crush Akron 8-2, Clinch Series Win

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate baseball team continued its weekend dominance Saturday afternoon, picking up their second straight comeback win to knock off Akron 8-2 at Harley Park in non-conference action.

The Spartans (10-3) continue to dominate with an 8-0 record in weekend games, while the Zips (0-11) are still searching for their first victory of the year.

Akron jumped on top with a pair of runs in the first inning, but for the second straight day that would be all the Zips could muster. Upstate quickly responded and knotted the score in the second inning when Erik Samples came to the plate with two on and two out and legged out a triple to make it 2-2.

The Spartans added two more runs in the third inning when Luke Weber and Brandon Patterson produced RBI doubles to give Upstate a 4-2 advantage.

The bats continued to stay hot in the fifth frame when Weber chipped in another RBI hit, this time a single to left center to plate Tyler Lesch. Trey Richardson followed and belted a two-run blast to left, his team-leading fourth long ball of the year to send Upstate racing out to a 7-2 lead.

The Spartans added one more run in the eighth when Gaither Bumgardner guided a single through the left side to send Lesch racing home and cap another impressive offensive output for Upstate.

Akron made it interesting in the ninth, loading the bases on relief pitcher Jordan Rusk, but the senior southpaw coaxed a groundout to end the game.

David Roseboom (3-0) got the win in 5.0 innings of work, giving up two first-inning runs and allowing three hits, while striking out one. Daniel Seeba recorded a perfect sixth inning and Bumgardner added a pair of scoreless frames before Rusk notched the final three outs.

The Spartans will look to complete the three-game sweep Sunday afternoon, taking on the Zips in the weekend finale. First pitch at Harley Park is slated for 1 p.m.

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