Bantams get one win, one loss against Clemson

By Derik Vanderford dvanderford@civitasmedia.com

March 5, 2014

UNION — The USC Union Bantams picked up one win and one loss against the Clemson club baseball team over the weekend.

Game 1

On Friday, the USC Union Bantams club baseball team traveled to Clemson University, shutting out the Clemson club team with a final score of 1-0.

Pitcher Alec Acevedo pitched the entire seven innings, giving up no runs and only five hits. Acevedo also had eight strikeouts, and at the plate, he hit a single and was walked. Keiston Bishop pinch ran for Acevedo when he was walked in the second inning, and Bishop also stole second and third base. Then, Rashad Green hit a sacrifice fly ball, driving in what turned out to be the game-winning RBI and allowing Bishop to score. Green also had a hit and two stolen bases.

Other highlights of the game included Jake Walton getting a single and a double; Dave Henderson delivering a double; and Nick Owen being walked and then reaching a base by way of an error on the part of the Clemson third baseman. Brandon Pitts was walked twice, and Tyler Grubbs was walked once.

Game 2

On Saturday, the Clemson club team traveled to Union, where the Bantams had the home-field advantage at Timken Sports Complex. The Bantams fell short, however, in a final score of 8-4.

Jake Walton hit a single and scored one run; Nick Owen hit a double with two RBIs and scored a run; Tyler Grubbs hit a single and had one RBI; Devontae Glenn was walked and hit a sacrifice fly for an RBI; Dave Henderson was walked, stole a base, and scored one run; Brandon Pitts was walked and scored a run; Matt Bostic hit a single and was walked; and Rashad Green hit one single.

Keiston Bishop was the starting pitcher, pitching three and one-third innings. Bishop gave up five hits, four runs and one walk. He also hit one batter with a pitch. Troy Baucom then came in to finish the fourth inning, giving up two runs and two hits. Baucom also had one strikeout. Kali Williams came in to pitch in the fourth inning, and he gave up one run and three hits. Cory Robertson pitched the last inning of the game, giving up two runs, two hits and one walk. Robertson also had one strikeout.

“Clemson hit the ball really well and played solid defense, but in both games, we had runners in scoring position every inning and didn’t capitalize on opportunities,” said Bantams Coach Paul Wilkes. “This week, we will really work on our situational hitting, and when — not ‘if’ but ‘when’ — our big bats come alive, we will begin to reach our full potential.”

Wilkes said Jake Walton had the most hits of the weekend, going three for seven with a double. Wilkes said he was also pleased with Alec Acevedo’s pitching performance, as he pitched the entire seven innings on Friday, shutting out the Clemson team.

The Bantams will play a special make-up double header against Florence Darlington Tech beginning at 3 p.m. today, Wednesday, March 5, at Timken Sports Complex in Union.

Florence Darling Tech is a Junior College team, a division above USC Union’s club team.

“We are playing up to gain experience and have tougher competition, so when we reach conference games, we’ll be ready to go,” Wilkes said.

Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-427-1234, Ext. 14.