GREENVILLE, S.C. – Four Presbyterian College pitchers combined to allow just three hits, while the offense racked up 11 hits to lead PC past Fordham, 7-1, on Saturday evening at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C. The Blue Hose (1-1) wrap up the opening weekend of play against Furman on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. in the final game of the First Pitch Invitational.
Brian Kehner (1-0) tossed 5.1 innings of three-hit ball, allowing just one run with four strikeouts against three walks to earn the victory in his first outing of the year. Ethan Wortkoetter, Michael Trebendis and Hayden Deal combined for 3.2 innings of hitless baseball with seven strikeouts out of the bullpen, facing just one above the minimum. Fordham starter Joseph Serrapica (0-1) was tagged with the loss, allowing three runs on five hits in 5.0 innings of work.
Jacob Midkiff recorded the first three-hit game of the season for PC, going with 3-for-4 with a double, a run and an RBI. Brett Auckland, Tyler Weyenberg and Weston Jackson each recorded two hits to lead the Blue Hose offensively, while Auckland had a game-high two RBIs.
PC got on the board first for the second straight day with two runs in the second inning. Jackson singled to lead off the inning and Midkiff followed with a double to right to put runners on second and third. Colton Chapman, who got the start at third base, hit a sac fly to right to plate Jackson and Ryan Hedrick followed with a single to score Midkiff.
In the fifth, PC would tack on a run to take a 3-0 lead. Rob Koski walked to lead off the inning and Auckland followed with a single to move Koski to third. Weyenberg then recorded an RBI groundout to score Koski from third and increase the PC margin.
Fordham got its lone run in the top of the six on a solo home run to left by Ryan McNally. Two more would reach for the Rams in the sixth with one out, ending the day for Kehner as PC turned to Wortketter. The junior from Greer, S.C. recorded back-to-back strikeouts to end the threat and keep it a 3-1 game.
PC busted it open in the seventh, scoring three runs after Koski led off the inning with a triple to right center. After Guy Casaceli pinch ran for Koski, Auckland hit a sac fly to center to make it a 4-1 lead. Weyenberg then singled to left center and later stole second, as Johnson walked with two outs to put two on.
Jackson singled to third on a hot shot that third baseman was able to knock down, loading the bases for the Blue Hose. A balk allowed Weyenberg to score and put runners on second and third with Midkiff at the plate. He hit a rocket to the shortstop for a single, bringing home Johnson and giving PC a 6-1 lead.
The Blue Hose added one more run in the eighth for the eventual final score of 7-1. Glen Casaceli reached on an error to start the inning and then moved to second on a wild pitch. Two batters later, Auckland doubled to drive in Casaceli and get his second RBI of the game.
Deal closed out the game in the ninth, striking out the side in his first appearance of the season. The Blue Hose pitching was clutch in key situations, holding Fordham to 0-for-11 with runners on and 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.