Cardenas hits two doubles in loss to Spartans
April 6, 2006
The Spartans, winners of seven of their last eight games, move to 23-16 overall on the season.
USC Upstate took a 2-0 lead in the first when Michael Kohn connected on a two-run homerun, his team-high fifth of the season.
USC Upstate would take the lead in the home half of the second at 7-3. Josh Clark scored on a double play ground out and Kyle Bowley scored on a wild pitch to give the Spartans a one-run lead. After back-to-back two out singles by John Caddell and Brad Wingo, Hansen took a 0-2 pitch from reliever Brett Hamilton deep over the fence in left for a three-run homerun, his second of the season, to give the Spartans a four-run lead.
The Crusaders picked up a run in the fourth when
In the sixth, Andrew Maddox led off with his first career triple and later scored on a wild pitch to give USC Upstate a 8-4 lead. With two outs and the bases loaded, pinch-hitter Matt Lorenz was hit-by-a-pitch to plate a run and make it a 9-4 game.
The Spartans plated their tenth run in the eighth when Kohn drove in Wingo with a groundout.
Hansen finished 3-for-3 with two runs scored and three runs driven in. Kohn was 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs. Wingo extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a 2-for-4 performance, scoring three runs. Wingo moved into sole possession of fourth place on the all-time career hits list with 199.
Cardenas led the Crusaders, going 2-for-4 with two doubles. Baron finished 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.
McCraney (3-1) earned the victory, working 5.1 innings on 85 total pitches. The loss was charged to North Greenville starter Brandon Bryan (0-1).