DeLand, Fla. – Dylan Parker allowed two runs on four hits in seven innings of work to lead USC Upstate to a 10-4 victory over Stetson Saturday afternoon in the final game of a three-game series from Melching Field.
Parker, who also struck out four Hatters, earned his second win of the season and first since his complete game victory over College of Charleston April 9.
Stetson reliever Mitchell Jordan (2-8) took the loss after allowing four runs on three hits in 0.1 innings on the hill.
Stetson struck first with a pair of runs in the fifth inning to open up a 2-0 lead. Mike Fernland reached on a one-out single through the right side and took second on a passed ball. Kyle Zech followed with an RBI single to right to plate Fernland with his 20th RBI of the season. A fielding error on the Upstate infield two batters later allowed Zech to score from second.
Upstate cut the lead in half in the sixth inning on an RBI single from Justin Allen. Daniel Seeba opened the inning with a single through the left side and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Erik Samples. After moving to third later in the inning on a fielder's choice, Seeba scored easily when Allen slapped a single through the left side for his second hit of the game.
The Spartans erupted for seven runs on six hits in the seventh inning to open up an 8-2 advantage. Dylan Woods started things with a one-out bunt single before taking second base on a throwing error by Jordan. Tyler Lesch followed with a single up the middle that drove in Woods with the game-tying run. After Lesch stole second and Seeba walked to put runners on first and second, Samples put Upstate ahead for good with an RBI double into right-centerfield to score Lesch. Upstate would later add runs on two-run doubles from Luke Weber and Stephen Dowling and an RBI single by Brian Thompson.
Lesch added another run on the scoreboard for Upstate when he connected for his first home run of the season with a line drive over the right field wall in the eighth inning. AJ Mackey drove in Samples later in the inning with a single through the right side.
Stetson pushed across a pair of runs on RBI singles from Wade McNabb and Jordan Schulz to pull within 10-4.