Spartans, Fordham Battle to Extra Inning Draw

Spartans, Fordham Battle to Extra Inning Draw

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Spartanburg, S.C. – USC Upstate and Fordham finished in a 4-4 tie in 10 innings in a game halted by a travel curfew on Sunday at Harley Park. 

USC Upstate is 1-2-1 while Fordham is 1-1-1. 

Today's tie is the first in 21 seasons under head coach Matt Fincher and the second tie in the 34 years that the baseball program has been in existence. Prior to today, USC Upstate's only tie in baseball had been a 1-1 draw in the second game of a doubleheader against Alderson-Broaddus on March 4, 1986. 

Scoring Breakdown 

  • Top 2nd – Fordham got on the board on an USC Upstate error and added two runs on a Jake Baker triple.
  • Bottom 3rdAndres Kim led off the inning with a single, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a Fordham error.
  • Top 7th – Baker led off the inning with a single before stealing second and advancing to third on a throwing error. He would score on a groundout.
  • Bottom 8thPat Raiff reached on a walk with one out and scored on a Charlie Carpenter double.
  • Bottom 9thWill Hardigree opened the inning with a single and was lifted for Devon Ortiz as a pinch runner. Ortiz scored on a Russell Schwertfeger triple, with Schwertfeger scoring the tying run on a passed ball.

Notables 

  • Both teams left 10 runners on base. Fordham left the bases loaded in the ninth inning with USC Upstate stranded two runners on base in the second, eighth and ninth innings.
  • Schwertfeger went 3-for-5 with two singles, a triple, run scored, and RBI.
  • Carpenter went 2-for-4 with a single, double and RBI.
  • Raiff went 2-for-4 with two singles and a run scored.
  • Kim, Hardigree and Ortiz each had one hit.
  • Baker went 4-for-5 with three singles, a triple, two RBI and a run scored.
  • Justin Bardwell had two singles for the Rams.
  • USC Upstate outhit Fordham 10-9.
  • Making his USC Upstate debut, Jordan Marks allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits with a walk and five strikeouts in 6.0 innings.
  • Mike Cowell allowed one run on four this with a walk and three strikeouts in 3.0 innings for Fordham.

Up Next

  • USC Upstate hosts Winthrop on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

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