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May 18, 2010
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - A furious ninth-inning rally fell short, as William & Mary reliever John Farrell ended a 10-pitch at bat with a called strike to leave the USC Upstate baseball team with the bases loaded, lifting the Tribe to the 11-9 win in the first of a two-game midweek series at Harley Park on Tuesday night.
Upstate (18-37 overall) started the rally thanks to the wildness of Farrell, who walked three batters in the ninth. Freshman Trey Richardson (Lakeland, Fla./George Jenkins) led off by reaching on an error and both freshman Brody Greer (Honea Path, S.C./Belton-Honea Path) and junior Blake Green (Rock Hill, S.C./Northwestern) walked to load the bases. Sophomore Jeff Medley (Greensboro, N.C./Southeast Guilford) followed with a single through the right side to score a run and after a strikeout, a wild pitch scored Greer. Junior Joe Barnes (Lake Orion, Mich./Grand Rapids C.C.) followed with a walk to load the bases, but Farrell left the tying run at second thanks to a popup and a strikeout.
The Spartans got on the board first with a run in the first, as senior Brian Dempsey (Montverde, Fla./East Ridge) led off with a double to center field. Senior Jimmy Tanner (Fayetteville, Ga./Starr's Mill) was hit by a pitch with one out, setting up a two-out RBI single to left field by sophomore Austin Liput (Oviedo, Fla./Trinity Prep).
The Tribe (27-20 overall) got five runs, though, in the second inning to take a 5-1, lead with two-RBI doubles from Derek Lowe and Stephan Arcure highlighting the inning.
Upstate closed within a run in the fourth inning thanks to three runs, as Richardson doubled to lead off and Greer followed with a walk. After a pair of strikeouts, Dempsey delivered another blast over the center fielder's head to score both runners and Dempsey scored on a single through the left side by Barnes.
The Tribe broke open the game, though, thanks to five runs in the fifth and sixth innings, as Chris Forsten hit and RBI double in the fifth and the team added four more in the sixth on four hits, including two RBI hits from Arcure and Forsten. The Tribe added one more in the top of the eighth thanks to a bases loaded sac fly.
Upstate closed within four runs in the eighth, as junior Blake Green (Rock Hill, S.C./Northwestern) led off with a single up the middle and sophomore Jeff Medley (Greensboro, N.C./Southeast Guilford) followed with a single to right. After a groundout moved the runners up a bag, Barnes delivered a two-bagger to left-center to score two runs. After a popup, sophomore Tyler Cook (Bloomington, Ill./University) drove in Barnes with a single into left-center field.
Dempsey led the Spartans, going 3-for-6 with two runs, two doubles and two RBI and Barnes added two hits, a double and three RBI. Richardson added two hits and two runs and Medley also notched two hits, a run and RBI.
Arcure led the Tribe, going 3-for-4 with two runs and four RBI and Forsten added two hits and three RBI. Jonathan Slattery also notched two hits and two runs.
John Sheehan (2-0) picked up the win for William & Mary, tossing five innings, allowing six hits, four runs and three walks. He struck out six of Upstate's 12 victims. Freshman Gaither Bumgardner (Fort Lawn, S.C./Great Falls) (0-7) took the loss for Upstate, allowing two earned runs and four hits in two innings. He walked two and struck out two.
Upstate wraps up its season as it completes the two-game set with William & Mary at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. The Spartans will have a pregame ceremony honoring their five seniors, Matt Branham (Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley), Dempsey, Tyler Oliver (Larenceville, Ga./Collins Hill), Barrett Stover (Durham, N.C./Lenoir C.C.) and Tanner.