CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College baseball team took game one of Saturday’s doubleheader over UNC Asheville, 7-4, before the Bulldogs claimed the game two, 7-1, as the two split the twin billing. PC’s record now stands a 12-14, 1-2 in the Big South, while the Bulldogs are 10-12, 3-3 in the Big South.
How it Happened (Game 1)
PC got on the board first with a run in the second. Nick Wise led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a passed ball a few pitches later. Thatcher Coleman then moved him to third with a sac bunt, before a sac fly to center by Brett Auckland score him to give PC a 1-0 lead.
Asheville broke things open with a three-run top of the fourth. Joe Zayatz singled to right center to lead off the inning and Joe Tietjen doubled to right to put two in scoring position with no outs. An RBI groundout by Danny Wilson scored the first to tie the game. After a single by Kyle Carruthers and an error put runners at second and third, Justin Wood singled through the right side to plate both and give UNCA the 3-1 lead.
Presbyterian responded in kind with a four-run bottom half of the fourth. Wise reached on an error to open the inning, before back-to-back singles by Coleman and Auckland loaded the bases with no outs. Glen Casaceli drove in one with an RBI single to keep the bases loaded. After a fielder’s choice and a strikeout, Cletis Avery delivered the big blow of the game with a bases-clearing double to regain the lead for PC at 5-3.
Both teams also managed a run in the sixth inning. In the top half, an error allowed Wilson to reach to start the inning and Jake Madole scored him later with an RBI single to center to cut the lead to 5-4. PC answered in the bottom half, as Andrew Bladt reached on a bunt single and later scored on a RBI single by Avery threw a drawn in infield to make it 6-4 PC.
The Blue Hose tacked on one more in the seventh. Auckland drew a two-out walk and Casaceli followed with a single up the middle to put two aboard. Bladt then got an infield single to the second baseman and Auckland was able to score on the hesitation by the fielder to extend the lead to 7-4.
How it Happened (Game 2)
Asheville got on the board early with two runs in the first and another in the second. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases with two outs in the first, before Woods drew a bases loaded walk to plate the first run of the game. The second would score a few pitches later on an error by the catcher, as he over shot his return throw to the pitcher to allow the runner from third to come across. A solo home run by Kole Harris, the first of his career, put on the board in Asheville’s favor in the second to make it a 3-0 game.
The Bulldogs added to the lead with a run in the fifth and three more in the sixth. Tietjen hit his fourth home run of the season in the fifth, a solo shot to left to make it a 4-0 game. A bases loaded walk and a two-run double by Wilson in the sixth made it a 7-0 game, after the Bulldogs managed to load the bases with three walks.
PC got its lone run in the ninth. Jack McLaughlin doubled to left to start the inning. Tannor Byrd followed with an infield single and a throwing error by the pitcher that allowed McLaughlin to score for the eventual final score of 7-1.
Pitchers of Record (Game 1)
Hayden Deal (2-2) earned the victory with a solid outing on the bump, allowing four runs (two earned) on nine hits in 7.1 innings pitched with six strikeouts against a lone walk.
Spencer Orr (1-2) was tagged with the loss for Asheville, allowing seven runs (one earned) on 13 hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
Ryan Hedrick recorded his third save of the year, working 1.2 scoreless innings in relief and allowing just one hit with one strikeout and no walks.
Pitchers of Record (Game 2)
Greg Gasparro (1-1) earned his first win of the season, as he didn’t allow a run in 7.0 innings of work with five hits and one walk against him.
Tanner Chock (0-4) suffered the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits with five strikeouts against four walks.
- PC racked up 15 hits in the game one victory with six different players recording at least two hits. Eight of the 10 players to bat for the Blue Hose managed a base hit.
- Cletis Avery recorded a big game one, going 2-for-3 with a walk, a double and four RBIs to drive in over half of PC’s runs in the win. The senior also swiped two bases in the game to push his season total to 12.
- Andrew Bladt joined on the hit parade in game one, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored. He improved his batting average for the season over 30 points in the win.
- In game one, the bottom five spots in the PC batting order combined to go 10-for-17 with all seven runs scored in the game.
PC returns to action on Wednesday against Wofford, taking on the Terriers at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C. with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m.