Midweek game vs. USC Upstate Apr 16, 2023 20:43:57 GMT -5
Post by The Cats on Apr 16, 2023 20:43:57 GMT -5
Who: USC Upstate
When: Tuesday, April 18
Time: 5:00 pm
Where: Cleveland S. Harley Baseball Park, Spartanburg, SC
Live Stats: Upstate Live Stats
Conference: Big South
Location: Spartanburg, SC
Colors: Green & Gray
This year's Upstate record: 23-14, 14-6 home, 8-7 away, 1-1 neutral, 9-3 Big South
Head Coach: Mike McGuire is in his fourth season as the head baseball coach at USC Upstate. McGuire's overall record: 471-329-1
The Series: Western is 8-4 overall vs. USC Upstate in a series first played in 1986. The Cats are 4-2 overall vs. the Spartans in games played in Spartanburg
The Cats complete this season's home-and-home games with the Spartans by visiting Spartanburg, after losing a 13 inning game in Cullowhee earlier in the month, by an 8-9 final score.
The Spartans were picked second in the Big South preseason poll. With 35 wins in 2022, Upstate has won 72 games over the past two seasons, and of the 35 wins last season, three came against Power-Five opponents as the Spartans beat Boston College, Ohio State, and South Carolina.
During head coach Mike McGuire's tenure at Upstate (2020-pres.), the Spartans have proven one of the top offensive teams in the Big South. The Spartans return two hitters who garnered All-Big South honors last season, returning the Big South Freshman of the Year Noah Sullivan and First Team All-Conference outfielder Noah Rabon.
On the mound, Upstate ranked top-three in the league in six statistical categories, leading the conference in walks allowed per nine innings (4.40) and ranking second in earned run average (5.87), hits allowed per nine innings (9.78), shutouts (two), and WHIP (1.58).
This season, the Spartans have a wins over Clemson; has won a three-game series vs. CAA's James Madison (2-1); beat the Citadel 25-10; and has beat Cincinnati and Princeton. Western split a two-game series with Upstate last season, with both teams winning at home.
Probable Starting Pitchers
USC Upstate - RHP Caleb Costa (0-1; 6.75 ERA)
Western Carolina - LHP Ryan White (1-0; 4.91 ERA)