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March 3, 2010
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - It took a little extra time, but a two-out line single to the left field gap by sophomore Jeff Medley (Greensboro, N.C./Southeast Guilford) in the bottom of the 12th inning lifted the USC Upstate baseball team to its second walk off win in four days, as the Spartans upended Gardner-Webb, 9-8, on Wednesday evening at Harley Park.
Freshman Trey Richardson (Lakeland, Fla./George Jenkins) led off the 12th with a walk before sophomore Austin Liput (Oviedo, Fla./Trinity Prep) was inserted as a pinch runner. He stole second on a 2-0 count, but two outs quickly followed before Medley delivered a line single into the gap on a 1-0 count to win Upstate's D-I record sixth straight game.
The Spartans' bullpen team of freshman Ryan Newell (Marietta, Ga./Marietta) and senior Tyler Oliver (Lawrenceville, Ga./Collins Hill) shut down the Bulldogs (2-6 overall) for the last 4 1/3 innings, allowing just two hits, with the senior Oliver delivering two innings of perfect baseball to earn his first win of the season. He struck out one.
Gardner-Webb tied the game at eight in the eighth inning, as Adam McFarland hit his first career homer to right to lead off the inning and with two outs, Ty Boyles singled in a runner from second.
Upstate (7-2 overall), after falling behind 6-2, drew back into the game with six unanswered runs from the fifth to the seventh innings, scoring two in the fifth to close within 6-4. Richardson was hit by a pitch with one out and sophomore Tyler Cook (Bloomington, Ill./University) followed with a single. After a lineout, a wild pitch moved the runners up and sophomore Austin Moyer (Greensboro, N.C./Southeast Guilford) delivered an RBI single into right.
Upstate took the lead with a three-run sixth inning, as freshman Brody Greer (Honea Path, S.C./Belton-Honea Path) doubled down the line to lead off before scoring on a single to left by junior Blake Green (Rock Hill, S.C./Northwestern). Green scored on a double to deep right center by senior Jimmy Tanner (Fayetteville, Ga./Starr's Mill) and Richardson followed with a single. Cook drove in Tanner with a fielder's choice. Upstate tacked on another run in the seventh, as senior Brian Dempsey (Montverde, Fla./East Ridge) drew a walk, stole second and scored on an error after an infield single from Green.
The Bulldogs scored four in the fourth to take a 6-2 lead, using four hits and one Upstate error after scoring two unearned runs in the second. Upstate drew first blood in the first, as Greer singles and took second on an error. He moved to third on a sac bunt by Green and scored on an error which allowed Tanner to reach. In the third, Upstate tied the game at two, as Greer was hit by a pitch and Green followed with a single before Tanner was hit by a pitch. Cook drove in Greer on a fielder's choice.
Upstate pounded out 15 hits in the game, led by four hits, a run and a RBI from Green. Cook added three hits, a run and two RBI and Greer posted two hits and three runs. Moyer notched two hits and two RBI and Richardson notched two hits and a run.
Tanner, with his RBI double, moved into a tie for 10th on Upstate's all-time hits list with his 192nd career safety. He is tied with Eric Guillen (2006-09).
The Diamond Dogs got two hits and a run each from Daniel Merck, Aaron Miller and Kurt Fulginiti. McFarland posted two hits, two runs and two RBI. Adam Izokovic (0-1) took the loss, allowing one run in four innings of relief. He allowed three hits and four walks and struck out three.
The Spartans open a three-game set with George Washington on Friday, with first pitch set for 3 p.m. at Harley Park.