Wofford baseball just kept pecking away Wednesday night and it added up to a 10-2 victory against USC Upstate at Russell C. King Field.
The Terriers scored in six of their eight at-bats, blowing it open with a three-run eighth. The Spartans trailed the whole way but did cut it to 3-2 in the fourth. From there, Wofford kept widening the margin.
“From the fifth on, we had relentless at-bats,” Wofford head coach Todd Interdonato said. “…From there, it was like every inning we were able to put pressure on them. We had guys on base, we were running a little bit and just kept adding pressure.”
Andrew Orzel had three straight hits, including back-to-back doubles in the seventh and eighth, and drove in three runs. Colin Davis also had three hits to go with two runs scored, a stolen base and an RBI. McClain Bradley and Mack Nathanson each had two hits.
Wofford (11-6) had the pitching, too, and only allowed five hits. Clay Schwaner, who has mostly struggled so far this season and came in with a 12.08 ERA, started with three hitless innings. Schwaner gave up a home run to Pat Raiff and another run in the fourth, but Matt Ellmyer prevented further damage and went 3.1 shutout frames for the victory. Anthony Garcia and Tyler McGuigan finished up.
“Pitching was good,” Interdonato said. “Matt came in and gave up a run (charged to Schwaner) but kept the lead for us. I thought that was big.”
Garcia came on with two on and two out in the seventh, up 6-2, and got USC Upstate's best hitter, Charlie Carpenter (.431) to ground out.
“I thought that was the biggest out of the game,” Interdonato said. “I was thinking, if they’re going to make a run at us, he’s going to hit a double right here and then we’re going to be in a little trouble. But we got him out and I know my heart rate went down.”
Jacob Thiessen started on the mound for USC Upstate (8-8-1) and went four innings, allowing only one earned run. But errors brought in two unearned runs and the Spartans finished with four errors along with a couple of other defensive lapses, although second baseman Kyle Gensler had a highlight as he dove for a grounder and glove-flipped to start a double play.
“I kind of thought we got the start we needed out of Thiessen,” USC Upstate head coach Matt Fincher said. “After that, the wheels kind of came off. We couldn’t find anybody in the bullpen to be effective and our defense surely didn’t help any of our pitchers.”
Wofford plays a home doubleheader at 2 p.m. Saturday against Siena, followed by a single game at 1 p.m. Sunday. USC Upstate plays host to a three-game series against Ohio University, 6 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. The Terriers and Spartans play again May 9 at USC Upstate.