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Feb. 27, 2009
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Juniors Jimmy Tanner (Fayetteville, Ga./Starr's Mill) and Jacob Breen (Marietta, Ga./Birmingham Southern) each posted a career high in hits, with Tanner posting five and Breen three, but it was not enough for the USC Upstate baseball team to overcome a strong offensive performance from Army, which pounded 16 hits and used 12 walks to lead to a 17-10 win at Harley Park on Friday afternoon.
Tanner, who posted Upstate's second five-hit game in the DI era, also added four RBIs and two doubles. Breen, whose previous career high was two hits, finished 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI. Senior Eric Guillen (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Thousand Oaks) finished 2-for-3 with two doubles, three runs and an RBI for the Spartans (2-4 overall).
Army (2-2 overall) took a 1-0 lead on a two-out single from Kevin McKague in the top of the first inning, but Upstate responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning, as both sophomore Blake Green (Rock Hill, S.C./Northwestern) and Guillen led off with walks before a bunt single from Tanner reached on a bunt single to load the bases. Senior Phillip Morgan (Campobello, S.C./Spartanburg Methodist) drove both Green and Guillen with a single through the right side.
The Spartans tacked on another run in the second inning as Breen singled up the middle. After a fielder's choice and a groundout, Guillen walked and Tanner doubled down the line to drive in the runner on second.
The Black Knights tied the game in the top of the third, using a two-out RBI double from Ben Koenigsfeld tied the game.Army took a one-run lead in the fourth inning, scoring a run on a wild pitch. Upstate responded, tying the game in the bottom of the inning, as Guillen doubled down the right field line and Tanner followed with an RBI single in front of a diving right fielder.
Army rallied in the fifth inning for eight runs, though, scoring eight runs on five hits, two walks and a hit batter, including a two-run homer to center by Clint Moore.
Upstate cut the lead to 12-5 in the fifth inning, as freshman Jeff Medley (Greensboro, N.C./Southeast Guilford) singled through the right side, took second on a wild pitch, third on a flyout and scored on a single by Breen. Army answered with two runs in the sixth inning to take a 14-5 lead.
The Spartans scored another single tally in the seventh inning as freshman Tyler Cook (Bloomington, Ill./University) singled through the left side, took second on a wild pitch, third on Breen's third single and scored on a throwing error by the right fielder, as his throw to the infield rolled behind the plate.
Three more runs in the top of the eighth gave Army a 17-6 lead, but Upstate made a late comeback, scoring four unearned runs in the ninth. Cook reached on an error and after a fielder's choice, freshman Branden Millhouse (Summerville, S.C./Summerville) reached on another error. Green followed with an RBI single and Guillen with an RBI double before Tanner brought in both Green and Guillen with an RBI double. After another Army error, a groundball double play ended the game.
Matt Fouch (2-0) earned the win for Army, pitching five innings and allowing eight hits, five runs and five walks. He struck out six.
Junior Barrett Stover (Durham, N.C./Lenoir C.C.) (0-1), took the loss, allowing six runs in one inning of work. Junior reliever Brian Dempsey (Montverde, Fla./East Ridge) pitched well in relief, allowing a hit and two walks in 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. He struck out two.
Upstate and Army will continue their three-game set at 1 p.m. on Saturday. On Sunday, to accommodate Army's travel plans, the game, originally set for 1 p.m. is now set for a 12 p.m. start.