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Senior Andrew Runion became the 11th player in school history to reach 100 career RBIs on Saturday.

Senior Andrew Runion became the 11th player in school history to reach 100 career RBIs on Saturday.

March 15, 2008

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Lightning and heavy rain with a runner on second and one out in the top of the ninth inning halted a 4-4 game between the USC Upstate baseball team and Campbell in the first game of a planned doubleheader brought a halt to the game. The game will be finished and the second game of the doubleheader will be made up on Monday at 1 p.m. at Harley Park.

The game will restart in the ninth inning with the Camels' Ellis Lowe on second base. He reached on a base hit to right field and took second on a passed ball.

The Spartans took a 2-0 lead in the game with single tallies in the second and fourth innings. With two outs, senior Andrew Maddox (Boiling Springs, S.C./Boiling Springs) hit a double into left center field and junior Eric Guillen (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Thousand Oaks) drove him in with a single to center field. In the fourth inning, sophomore Jimmy Tanner (Fayetteville, Ga./Stars Mill) singled to lead off. After a sac bunt, he reached third on a singlt by freshman Keith Bisgounis (Oviedo, Fla./Oviedo) and scored on a sac fly from Maddox.

Campbell finally broke through on sophomore Matt Branham (Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley) in the fifth inning, posting a single tally on two hits, as John Watlington hit a double to left field.

Upstate answered back in the fifth as senior Andrew Runion (Simpsonville, S.C./Mauldin) hit his career-high tying fourth home run of the season to left-center field, making it 3-1. Runion also hit four jacks as a sophomore and junior.

Campbell tied the game in the sixth inning with two runs, as the Camels used three hits to score two runs. After the Spartans got out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh, they took the lead in the bottom of the inning, as Runion doubled with two outs and junior Phillip Morgan (Campobello, S.C./Spartanburg Methodist College) hit a single over a jumping second baseman to score Runion.

The Camels responded in the eighth with a run, as Zach Johnson doubled down the left field line and after a groundout, John Watlington delivered a single to left to score Johnson.

Runion led the Spartan offense with a 3-for-4 day, scoring twice and adding an RBI on the homer. In the process, he became just the 11th player in school history to record 100 RBIs in a career.

Both Lowe and Johnson paced the Camels with 4-for-4 days. Johnson scored twice and Lowe crossed the plate once. Ryan Hamme also went 2-for-4 with a run and John Wellington went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

Branham pitched well to earn a no-decision, as he threw 6 2/3 innings, allowing nine hits, a walk and three runs, striking out two.

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