SPARTANBURG, S.C. – On a cold Wednesday night, the Wofford College baseball team took an early lead on the way to a 10-2 win over USC Upstate at Russell C. King Field. The Terriers scored twice in the second inning and had a 3-2 lead after four frames, then added at least one run in the next four innings while keeping the Spartans off the board.
Wofford improves to 11-6 on the season, while USC Upstate is 8-8-1. The teams will also meet on May 9 to complete the home-and-home series. Andrew Orzel led the Terriers with three hits and three RBIs, while Colin Davis had three hits and drove in one run. The Spartans were led by Pat Raiff with one hit and a run scored.
Both teams were retired in order in the first inning and the Spartans went in order in the top of the second inning. Andrew Orzel walked with one out and Colin Davis singled with two outs. The runners moved into scoring position in a passed ball. Ty Reginelli reached on a fielding error that scored one run, while Alex Malsch reached on an error that plated a run for a 2-0 lead.
The Spartans left one runner on base in the top of the third after a walk. With one out in the bottom of the third, McClain Bradley walked and moved to second on a stolen base. Mack Nathanson singled to put runners on the corners and an RBI single by Cody Miller made it a 3-0 advantage before a pair of fly balls ended the inning. Pat Raiff led off the fourth inning with a solo home run to cut the lead to 3-1. With two Spartans on base after a walk and fielder’s choice, an RBI single made it a 3-2 game.
Wofford was retired in order in the bottom of the fourth inning. In the fifth inning, the Spartans led off with a single and had a walk with one out. A pair of fielder’s choices ended the top half. Brett Rodriguez was hit by a pitch to lead off the bottom of the fifth, but the Spartans the turned a double play. Mack Nathanson singled and stole second. A single by Andrew Orzel scored Nathanson to give Wofford a 4-2 lead. The Spartans were retired in order in the top of the sixth inning.
Colin Davis opened the bottom of the sixth with a single and he stole second base. A single by Ty Reginelli scored Davis for a 5-2 advantage, but Reginelli was thrown out at second on the play. Brett Rodriguez walked and then McClain Bradley singled. A throwing error on the play allowed Rodriguez to score as Wofford had a 6-2 lead at the end of the sixth inning. In the top of the seventh, the Spartans led off with a double and had a walk with two outs before a ground out ended the scoring chance.
With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Andrew Orzel doubled. Colin Davis added a double with two outs to score Orzel for a 7-2 advantage. The Spartans had a double with one out in the top of the eighth, but was unable to advance. Alex Malsch was hit by a pitch to begin the bottom of the eighth. McClain Bradley singled with one out to put runners on the corners. A sacrifice bunt by Mack Nathanson scored Malsch and then a double by Andrew Orzel plated two runs for a 10-2 lead in the game. In the top of the ninth, the Spartans loaded the bases on a walk, hit by pitch and fielding error. A strikeout and double play ended the game.
Wofford pitcher Clay Schwaner worked 3.1 innings with two runs on one hit and three strikeouts. Matt Ellmyer (2-0) threw 3.1 innings and did not allow a run on three hits along with three strikeouts. Anthony Garcia went 1.1 innings with one hit and a strikeout. Tyler McGuigan did not allow a hit in the ninth inning with one strikeout.
Jacob Thiessen (0-2) started for USC Upstate and went four innings with three runs allowed on three hits, along with five strikeouts. Grant Hoppock allowed three runs on four hits in 1.2 innings. Trey Van Der Weid worked 1.1 innings with one run allowed on three hits. Will Wheeler recorded one out in the eighth.
The Terriers will host a weekend series against Siena, with a double header on Saturday beginning at 2:00 p.m. and a Sunday contest at 1:00 p.m.