SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Nine players from the USC Upstate baseball team have committed to playing in a variety collegiate summer baseball leagues all around the country.
Throughout the summer the USC Upstate athletic department will be checking in on the players and providing twitter updates to the Spartan fan base as the season progresses.
Sophomore pitcher Jordan Marks (Bright's Grove, Ontario) will be playing for the Newport Gulls in Newport, Rhode Island. As a sophomore, Marks started all 15 games he appeared in during the season, pitching a total of 79 innings and had an ERA of 4.44. He had 64 strikeouts for the season.
Junior pitcher Sean Hupp (Oviedo, Florida) will be playing for the Valley Blue Sox in Holyoke, Massachusetts. As a junior he started 7 of 21 games, with a total of 61 innings pitched. Marks had an ERA of 4.57 and 38 strikeouts for the season.
Austin Morgan (Easley, S.C), catcher/pitcher is playing for the Covington Lumberjacks for summer 2019 in Covington, Virginia. He started in 14 games of 20 games that he played in his sophomore season at Upstate. He had 6 hits from his 47 at bats, which gave him a batting average of .128. Austin had 108 putouts, 6 assists, and 3 errors which earned him a fielding percentage of .974 for the season. Currently, with the Covington Lumberjacks, he has 4 plate appearance with 0 hits. He has also pitched 1 innings this season. The Covington Lumberjacks are currently 2-2
Sophomore outfielder Jeff Taylor (Rock Hill, S.C) is playing for the Covington Lumberjacks for summer 2019 in Covington, Virginia. He played 42 games of his sophomore season, with 150 at bats, 54 hits, and 3 home runs. Taylor had 3 triples, 13 doubles, and 29 RBI's. During Taylor's 2019 Lumberjack season he has 15 at bats and 2 hits. Covington Lumberjacks are currently 2-2
Freshman infielder Garett Wallace (Sanford, Florida) will be playing for the Deland Suns in DeLand, Florida for the summer 2019. As a freshman, Wallace played in 40 games, with 149 at bat appearances, 41 hits, and 26 runs. Currently, with the Deland Suns, Wallace has 16 at bats, 4 hits, 4 runs, and 5 RBI this season. Deland Suns are currently 3-2.
Sophomore pitcher Jonathan Carlyle (Asheville N.C.) will be playing for the Ocean Forest O's in Myrtle Beach S.C. As a freshman, Carlyle made 12 appearances and had an ERA of 5.82. As a sophomore, he pitched in 15.2 innings and had 14 strikeouts.
Freshman outfielder Jack Hennessy (Moore S.C.) is playing for the Carolina Vipers in Charlotte N.C. In his freshman season with Upstate, he started in 30 games, out of his total of 38 games played. He had 102 at bats, with 23 hits, and 11 RBI's which earned him a batting average of .225. In the outfield Hennessy has been great. He had 107 putouts and a fielding percentage of .991.
So far as a Viper, Hennessy has been at bat seven times, has a hit and a run in three games this season. Defensively, in 22 innings he has seven putouts with a perfect fielding percentage, and no errors.
Julian Rip (Vianen Netherlands), a junior outfielder, will be playing for the Wichita Sluggers in Kansas. As a junior, Rip was a starter in 46 games and played in 47. With 53 hits that including four homers on 166 at bats, he had a .319 batting average which ranked 4th for Upstate. He was also best on the team in RBIs with 30 in total. On defense, Rip had a .977 fielding percentage that included five assists, 121 putouts and three errors on the season.
Junior outfielder Robby McGaha (Buffalo Grove Illinois) is playing for the Quincy Gems this summer. A starter in 36 games his junior season, McGaha had 36 hits in 141 plate appearances where he racked up seven doubles, four triples, and two homeruns. In the outfield he was responsible for 80 putouts which gave him a fielding percentage of .988 this season.
Early in the season with the Gems, McGaha has played in 46 total innings and has 10 putouts that helped him reach a perfect fielding percentage playing both center and right field.
All nine of the players will report back to USC Upstate in late August as they begin preparing for the 2020 college baseball season. For more information on the USC Upstate baseball team or any of our players, log onto upstatespartans.com today.
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