SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Junior leftfielder Tommy Houmard posted four runs batted in as the Bulldogs posted seven runs over the first four innings, but USC Upstate rallied for a 10-8 victory over UNC Asheville at Harley Park on Wednesday evening.
With the setback, the Bulldogs fall to 8-14 on the season, while the Spartans improve to 12-7.
The Blue & White jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, before plating two runs in the third and two in the fourth to take a 7-1 lead into the bottom of the fourth. Upstate would answer in the fourth, notching seven runs in the frame.
Asheville tied the game in the top of the eighth, plating a runner on a wild pitch, only to see the Spartans score two runs in the bottom of the inning. Billy Creighton doubled to lead off the ninth, but the Bulldogs were unable to tie the game, falling by the final of 10-8.
Houmard went 2-for-5 at the plate with four RBI, while leadoff batter Ian Graham was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI.
Dillon Tabar (2-1) was credited with the loss in a relief appearance, allowing two runs on two hits in the eighth.
The Spartans were led offensively by designated hitter Brandon Patterson, who was 2-for-3 at the plate with four RBI. Centerfielder Gaither Bumgardner collected three RBI for Upstate and shortstop Brody Greer was 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored.
Reliever Josh Howard (1-0) picked up the win for Upstate, giving up one hit in one inning of work for the Spartans.
The Bulldogs will be back in action this weekend when they host Big South Conference foe Campbell University. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. on Friday, but could change due to inclement weather expected in the Asheville area this weekend.