Spartanburg, S.C. – Blake Whitney tied a career-high with eight strikeouts and the USC Upstate offense plated a season-high 12 runs as the Spartans defeated Seton Hall 12-1 on Friday afternoon in non-conference action at Harley Park.
USC Upstate improves to 3-2-1 while Seton Hall drops to 1-3.
- Bottom 1st – Andres Kim reached on a leadoff walk and scored on a Pat Raiff triple. Raiff would score on an error with another run scoring on a Will Hardigree single.
- Bottom 3rd – Charlie Carpenter and Russell Schwertfeger reached on consecutive Seton Hall errors. Carpenter would score on a ground out.
- Bottom 4th – Drake Harris reached on a two-out single and scored on a Raiff single. Kim scored later in the inning on a wild pitch.
- Bottom 6th – Toran Shahidi led off the inning with a double, which was his first USC Upstate hit. Shahidi scored on a Seton Hall error to give the Spartans a 7-0 lead. Following an error and a walk that loaded the bases, Carpenter hit a grand slam to center field to give the Spartans an 11-0 lead.
- Bottom 7th – Kyle Gensler scored as Raiff was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
- Top 8th – Chris Talbot scored on a groundout to get the Pirates on the board.
- Whitney (1-0) tied a career-high with eight strikeouts as he scatted three hits and a walk over the course of 7.0 innings.
- Shane McCarthy (0-2) took the loss for Seton Hall as he allowed six runs, four earned, on five hits with two walks and a strikeout in 4.0 innings.
- Seton Hall committed five errors in the game.
- Of USC Upstate's 12 runs, seven were unearned.
- Each team finished with seven hits.
- Raiff went 2-for-3 with a single, triple, two runs scored and three RBI.
- Carpenter went 1-for-5 with a home run, three runs scored and four RBI.
- Harris finished 2-for-4 with two singles and a run scored.
- Hardigree and Shahidi each had one hit.
- Casey Dana went 2-for-3 with two singles to lead the Pirates.
- USC Upstate will play two games as the Spartans adjust their weekend schedule due to forecasted rain on Sunday. Upstate and Pittsburgh will play at Harley Park at 11 a.m. with the Spartans and Xavier scheduled to play at 7 p.m.
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