SPARTANGBURG, S.C. – USC Upstate scored five runs in the sixth inning to break open a one-run game and pull away from Charleston Southern on Wednesday night, 8-2.
The win moves Upstate to 8-11 overall, while CSU falls to 10-9.
Upstate took advantage of a tired Buccaneer pitching staff – playing its fifth game in as many days – with eight walks and three hit batters. Erik Samples' two-run double in the sixth was the big blow for the Spartans.
CSU hung tough early, grabbing a 1-0 lead in the top of the first as Brandon Burris led off the game with a single and scored on a sacrifice fly from Cole Murphy. The Bucs tied the game in the third as Jack Crittenberger singled and scored on a wild pitch.
Starter Alex Ministeri (L, 0-2) worked four innings, striking out five, but walking four.
Zach Mitchell (W, 1-1) worked five innings to get the win for Upstate. He struck out seven.
CSU is off on Thursday before traveling to Longwood for a Big South Conference series. Friday's opener is at 6 p.m.