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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.