UNION COUNTY — The USC Union Bantams defeated the Wofford Terriers Club Baseball Team 2-1 Saturday afternoon at the Timken Sports Complex giving the team its third victory of the season.
In a statement released Monday, Head Coach Jap Worthy announced the results of Saturday’s game, the fifth the Bantams have played since the season got under way in February. The 2-1 victory was the second one this season against the Terriers who the Bantams defeated 10-0 in a Feb. 18 game also played at the Timken Sports Complex. Saturday’s win brings to three the number of the games the Bantams have won this season, the first being a Feb. 11 2-1 victory at the Timken Sports Complex over the Furman Paladins.
Worthy said that in Saturday’s game “Kennedy Beatty picked up the win on the relief of Gage Eaves who pitched lights out through four innings. Andrew Caskey got his third save of the season. The Bantams was lead at the plate by J.T. Cheeks who was perfect at the 3 for 3 with a triple. Kennedy Beatty went 2 for 3 and pitched two scoreless innings picking up his second win of the season. Others contributing to the plate were Tedrell Jennings, Paul Campbell, Christian Joplin, Danny Glenn, and Dalton Johnson.”
Saturday’s game saw a duel between the opposing team’s pitchers.
“It was a good pitching duel between Wofford’s Charles Johnson and Gage Eaves,” Worthy said. “I’m proud of Gage.”
While proud of the team’s win, Worthy said “we still have to continue to work hard to cut down on mental mistakes.”
The Bantams will be back in action and on the road on March 18 and 19 in a three game series against North Carolina A&T. Worthy called those games “an important series that can help us make it to the playoffs.”
“It was scoreless up to the fourth inning when J.T. Cheek stepped to the plate and hit a solid line drive to right center,” Worthy said in summarizing the game. “His triple was followed by a grounder to the short stop by Tedrell Jennings that scored the game’s first point.
“Wofford tied the game in the top of the fifth with back to back singles by Tripp Derrow and Aaron Blakely,” he said. “The Bantams answered back with a single by Andrew Caskey and a big hit by Christian Joplin that scored Caskey. Joplin’s triple was the second of the game and fourth of the season leading the conference. Wofford threatened on the top of the sixth inning but Beatty and Caskey shut it down.”
Worthy concluded by saying that “as we continue to grow I just wanted to thank the USC Union staff for all the support and encouragement that they have given to the baseball team and coaches.”
This story courtesy of the USC Union Bantams.