SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Senior third baseman Robert McIntosh went 4-for-5 at the plate with a run batted in for UNC Asheville while pitchers Lucas Clarke and Brian Connolly held the USC Upstate offense to only one run as the Bulldogs earned a 2-1 victory over the Spartans on Tuesday evening at Harley Park.
UNC Asheville (8-15) pushed across a run in the top of the third inning on a sacrifice fly from first baseman Hunter Bryant. Leadoff hitter Kyle Towles singled to right with one out and later stole second to move into scoring position. Robert McIntosh singled on the infield to put runners on the corners before Phillip Treadway drew a walk to load the bases. Bryant followed with a line drive to right to plate Towles and pick up his 10th RBI of the season.
The Bulldogs tacked on another run in the sixth inning on an RBI single from McIntosh. Center fielder Tanner Bush reached on a single to left field before stealing second base to set up the scoring opportunity for UNC Asheville.
USC Upstate (9-17) cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the sixth inning with Erik Samples laced a double down the left field line to score Stephen Dowling from first. Dowling reached in the previous at bat with a single through the left side and raced around the bases on Samples' team-leading 10th double of the season.
Clarke improved to 1-1 on the season with the victory, tossing 5.2 innings. He allowed one run on four hits with four walks and three strikeouts. Connolly picked up his first save of the season, allowing only three hits in 3.1 innings of work while striking out two Spartans.
Upstate’s Zach Mitchell was credited with the loss for the Spartans, allowing one run on three hits in three innings pitched.
The Bulldogs will have a quick turnaround as they will take on Charlotte tomorrow at 6 p.m. at Hayes Stadium. The game will be a rematch from a March 5 contest, a 5-1 victory for the Blue & White.