Bucs Travel to USC Upstate on WednesdayMarch 15, 2011
by CSU Sports Information
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Bucs will look to end a three-game skid when they travel to Spartanburg, S.C. on Wednesday for a 4 p.m. contest at USC Upstate in what will be the team's sixth game in eight days.
The Bucs vs. The Spartans
The Spartans are 6-10 overall and 1-3 in conference play after a 1-2 showing at Jacksonville this past weekend. Thus far, USC has claimed wins over George Mason (16-4), Iona (9-5), Presbyterian (8-5) and NC A&T (12-7). Despite both teams being located in the Palmetto State, the Bucs and the Spartans have only faced each other four times in school history, two of which came in the 2010 season. The Spartans took the first ever meeting in 2009 by a score of 10-3, before the Bucs claimed the next two by scores of 8-4 and 8-5. USC Upstate claimed the earlier meeting between the two teams with a 13-10 come from behind win over the Bucs last weekend.
The Bucs and the Spartans will share some common opponents this season. CSU dropped a series 2-1 to North Florida of the Atlantic Sun Conference to open the 2011 season, while USC took an 8-5 win over future Big South member Presbyterian. Both teams will also face the College of Charleston and the Citadel in non-conference action. The Spartans took a 4-0 loss to the Cougars last week.
Sustar’s Superb Effort
Sophomore Jaren Sustar continued to make a case for player of the week honors with another superb effort in the team’s opening game against Fordham. Just one game after hitting a grand slam, Sustar had four sac bunts to help lead the Bucs to a 4-3 win over the Rams. His mark tied an NCAA single-game record, the third time a NCAA baseball player has had four sac bunts in a game. For Sustar, three of the four resulted in runs.
Hagaman Steps Up
Making just his fifth appearance of the season, freshman Zach Hagaman is making his presence known. In Saturday’s 11-2 win over Fordham, Hagaman had his first collegiate hit. However, this wasn’t just any hit - it was a two run homer that brought home both himself and Walt Quattlebaum and gave the Bucs a 6-2 lead over the Rams. He will also get his first start at pitcher on Wednesday vs. USC Upstate.
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