Spartans rally to defeat Ohio State in Game 1

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Brittany Case (32) has a welcome home party after scoring for USC Upstate Friday in Game 1 of the NCAA Knoxville Regional. 
Photo by USC Upstate Sports

Staff Report
The Carolinian

USC Upstate erupted for five runs in the top of the seventh inning and pitcher Holly McKinnon (25-7) pitched a complete game as the Spartans beat Ohio State 7-3 in the first round of the NCAA Knoxville Regional softball tournament at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.

The Spartans play No. 8 national seed Tennessee, a 5-0 winner over Longwood, in the second game Friday night. Upstate (45-11) and Tennessee (45-10) play at noon  Saturday and it will be the first time the teams have played each other.

Longwood plays Ohio State in an elimination game at 2:30 and the winner plays the Upstate-Tennessee loser at 5 p.m.

Upstate highlights:

  • 7th inning: trailing 2-3, Upstate scored five runs. Abbie Millette singled in Brittany Case to tie the game 3-3, Kori Wancheck singled in Millette for the winning run (4-3), Ryan Rector scored on a passed ball (5-3), Beasley scored on Kayla Hussey’s fielder’s choice bunt (6-3), and Gemma Miller scored the game’s final run on Ansley Gilstrap’s single (7-3).
  • Upstate 2nd inning: Karla Beasley walked, Hussey singled, a passed ball and wild pitch allowed Beasley to score.
  • Upstate 5th inning: Megan Obier scored on a bases loaded walk to Beasley (2-0).
  • Ohio State 6th: Scored three runs, a two-run homer by Lilli Piper and solo homer by Emily Clark. OSU leads 3-2.
  • Upstate is unbeaten, 3-0, versus Ohio State.
  • Upstate and Ohio State tied for 25th in the latest poll.
  • Head Coach Chris Hawkins: “I think we did a real good job of doing what we’ve done all year: play good defense and solid pitching. I’m satisfied with the outcome. I know we’re not quitters. I know when we’re down, we have a lot of ability to come back.”

Saturday’s game:

  • Tennessee’s Meghan Gregg, SEC Player of the Year, has 12 home runs and 73 RBIs this season. Gregg hit a 2-run HR Friday night.


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