SPARTANBURG, S.C. – In a rare nonconference matchup between Big South teams, USC Upstate used defensive miscues to get past Charleston Southern 11-7 Tuesday night at Cleveland S. Harley Ballpark.
USC Upstate (12-16) got out to an early 5-2 lead through three innings turning four CSU (10-22) errors into runs before a four-spot in the top of the fifth brought the game back to a 7-6 margin in favor of the Spartans.
Facing a 7-2 deficit, Kyle Horton smacked a two-run double down the left field line then scored on Max Ryerson’s two-run home run to left capping the four-run inning and making it a one-run affair. The Spartans would answer though with two in the bottom of the fifth before adding insurance and hanging on for the 11-7 final.
Ryerson’s home run highlighted a two-hit day for the freshman while Jason Miller extended his hit streak to 11 games and gathered two knocks while Reid Hardwick also hit two singles.
How They Scored
- USC Upstate scored three unearned runs across the first four frames behind four CSU errors taking a 7-2 lead in the early stages.
- CSU’s offense woke up with a four-run fifth inning as Kyle Horton and Max Ryerson each drove-in two runs – Horton on a double and Ryerson on a home run to left.
- The big fifth made it a 7-6 ballgame in favor of the home Spartans, but a two-spot in the bottom half halted the Bucs’ momentum to make it 9-6 through five.
- CSU would add another run after Jason Miller tripled to center and scored on Dante Blakeney’s RBI single, but two-more errors allowed another run to come across in the eighth and USC Upstate kept the Bucs off the board down the stretch.
News and Notes
- Max Ryerson made it back-to-back games leaving the yard with his two-run shot to left. He now has four longballs on the season and has tied Ryan Stoudemire for the team-lead with 19 RBI’s.
- Jason Miller extended his hitting streak to 11 games with another two-hit performance as he was fresh off a week in which he hit over .400.
- Payton Holdsworth made his first appearance in the leadoff spot finishing the day with a hit and run scored to extend his on-base streak to nine games.
- Freshman righty Logan Adams tossed a season-high 4.0 frames but was hurt by miscues defensively in taking the first loss of the season.