CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College baseball team fell to La Salle, 6-3, on Friday afternoon at the PC Baseball Complex in Clinton, S.C. The Blue Hose threatened a rally in the ninth inning, loading the bases with two outs, but fell short to put its record at 5-3 on the season.
Jacob Midkiff had a two-hit day with a double and two RBIs to lead PC. Peter Johnson continued his hot hitting with another multi-hit game, going for 2-for-4 on the day. Tyler Weyenberg, Cletis Avery and AJ Priaulx each recorded a hit in the loss.
Tanner Chock recorded his best outing of the season but would get a no-decision. The righty tossed 5.0 innings and allowed two runs on four hits with five strikeouts against three walks. Joey Ravert (1-1) earned the victory for La Salle with 7.0 innings pitched and two runs allowed on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Ethan Wortkoetter (0-1) was tagged with the loss, allowing a run on two hits in 1.1 innings pitched. Billy Worswick recorded the final out of the game to record the save.
PC got on the board first for the eighth straight game with two runs in the bottom half of the fourth. Avery singled with one out and Priaulx followed with a walk to put two on. Jackson sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third with outs, before Midkiff singled up the middle to plate both and give PC the 2-0 lead.
La Salle would respond with two runs in the top of the fifth to tie the game. Back-to-back one-out singles and a wild pitch placed runners at second and third. A groundout to short brought in the first one, before Kevin McGowan singled to left to score the second and make it a 2-2 game.
The Explorers busted it open with three runs in the seventh and a run in the eighth. A one-out single, a two-out walk and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases in the seventh. Jared Melone then hit a deep drive to centerfield to clear the bases and give La Salle a 5-3 lead. In the eighth, Chase Arnold hit a solo home run to left to make it a 6-2 game at the time.
PC would attempt to rally in the bottom of the ninth. Jackson drew a leadoff walk in front of Midkiff, who followed with a double to put two on with no outs. After a strikeout, Colton Chapman pinch hit and would score Jackson from third on a groundout to cut the lead to 6-3. Glen Casaceli then pinch hit and drew a walk, followed by Auckland with a walk to load the bases. The Explorers then turned to Worswick, who induced to a fly out to center to preserve the win.
Arnold led the Explorers with a 2-for-4 day at the plate with a run and an RBI. Brian Tagoe went 2-for-3 with two runs, while McGowan and Melone drove in five of the six runs.
The two return to action on Saturday in game two of the series at 2 p.m. at the PC Baseball Complex.