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Spartans Upset #2 Clemson

​The USC Upstate Spartans hit the road yesterday for the final of three regular season matchups with the Clemson Tigers at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, and came home with history. After a 9-5 win over the second-ranked Tigers squad, Head Coach Mike McGuire and his team had secured the highest-ranked win in program history to move to 22-12 on the 2024 season.

​McGuire joined Open Mic on Wednesday afternoon for his weekly interview following the win.

​“I was really proud of the guys, we talked about going into the game that we don’t have to play perfect, but we played clean baseball,” McGuire said. “Clean baseball wins at championship levels.”

​Upstate’s offense hit four home runs in the game, two off the bat of Noah Sullivan, one from freshman Tyler Lang to give the Spartans the lead, and an eighth-inning grand slam by Koby Kropf to hand the team the winning margin in the end. Jake Cubbler earned the winning decision by pitching the final four innings and striking out five.

​“Cubbler has done this so many times pitching big spots for us, four runs with Jake Cubbler is going to make that stand,” McGuire said. “As long as we play defense and he didn’t walk guys that Clemson wasn’t going to be able to get enough hits off of Jake.”

​When asked where this win ranks in program history, McGuire acknowledged his team’s accomplishment but felt much more was still ahead of them.

​“It’s up there for sure, being number two is a big deal,” McGuire said. “I told the team last night that we are going to enjoy this one until the morning, but this is not the highlight of our season. We have bigger fish to fry by the time it’s said and done, we have our eye on the prize at the end of the year.”

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