USC Upstate’s Dylan Parker pitched a complete game, holding College of Charleston to one run as the Spartans took a 2-1 win on Wednesday night in Spartanburg.
The loss snapped College of Charleston’s (21-11) four-game win streak, while the Spartans (12-24) won their second game of the week at home.
Parker (1-2) allowed 12 Charleston hits, all singles, over nine innings, but a solid defensive effort turned three double plays, including inning-ending double plays in the seventh and eighth innings as the Cougars were threatening big innings.
CofC starter Tyler Thornton (1-4) was tagged with the loss as he went four innings and allowed two runs on four hits. He walked one and struck out two. Taylor Clarke, Bailey Ober and Chase Henry combined for five innings of scoreless relief, but the Cougar offense could not find the equalizing runs.
Gunnar Heidt finished with three hits, while Carl Wise had two hits and the Cougars’ only RBI of the game. Devon Reed got the start at designated hitter and came up big with two hits and a run scored. Brandon Glazer (2), Ryan Welke (2) and Bradley Jones also tallied singles in the game.
USC Upstate scored its only runs in the second inning. Luke Weber led off with a single and came home to score on an RBI double from Daniel Seeba. Stephen Dowling then advanced Seeba to third on a single and AJ Mackey hit a sacrifice fly RBI for the second run. Thornton then induced two groundouts to get out of the inning with just a 2-0 deficit.
The Cougars made it to the scoreboard in the seventh inning after Reed’s second leadoff single of the game. Heidt then moved Reed up with a one-out single and Wise came through with a base to left field to score Reed from second. Charleston was looking to tie the game, but Glazer grounded sharply to third and Mackey turned a 5-3 double play to end the inning and leave the score at 2-1.
Charleston threatened again in the eighth with a leadoff walk from Morgan Phillips and a single from Welke, but Alex Pastorius grounded into a double play to end CofC’s scoring chance.
College of Charleston returns home to face Delaware in a three-game series this weekend. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 6 p.m.