CLINTON, S.C. – Offensive pressure was the key for the Presbyterian College baseball team on Sunday, as the Blue Hose scored 10 runs on eight hits and six La Salle errors to claim the series with the 10-3 victory at the PC Baseball Complex. PC improves to 7-3 on the year and earns its second straight series win at home to cap off a 6-1 homestand.
Cletis Avery led PC at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a home run, a walk, two runs and two RBIs. Weston Jackson also had a strong day offensively, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs, while Tyler Weyenberg went 1-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs. As a team, PC totaled four hits with runners in scoring position and four two-out hits to lead to the 10runs.
Hunter Kyzar (1-0) earned the win with 2.2 innings pitched in relief, allowing two hits and no runs with a strikeout against one walk. Ryan Hedrick earned a no decision for PC, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits with four strikeouts against three walks in 4.0 innings of work. Aaron Lesiak threw 1.1 scoreless in relief, while Hayden Deal recorded a scoreless ninth as the bullpen continued its good work in the later innings. La Salle’s Jorge Jimenez was charged with the loss, allowing five runs on four hits in 3.0 innings pitched.
PC once again got on the board first with two runs in the second. Jacob Midkiff singled with two outs and Avery hit his third home run of the season, two-run shot to left, to give the Blue Hose an early 2-0 lead.
The home run seemed to spark the offense, as PC went for three more runs in the third. Brett Auckland drew a one-out walk and later advanced to second on a wild pitch. Weyenberg then doubled to right center to score him for the team’s third run of the game. After Weyenberg stole third, Peter Johnson drew the first of his three walks on day and later moved to second on wild pitch to put two on with one out. After a strikeout, Jackson came through with the clutch hit, a single to center, to plate both runners and make it a 5-0 PC lead.
La Salle would cut in to the Blue Hose advantage with a run in the fourth and two runs in the fifth. After the first two reached in the fourth, Travis George singled to right to score one but Jackson would nail the runner headed for third for the first out of the inning. A single would put runners on the corners with one out but Hedrick battled and got a strikeout and pop out to end inning with no further damage done.
In the fifth, La Salle drew back-to-back walks to start the inning, leading PC to turn to Kyzar on the mound. He got the first two batters he faced to fly out to put runners on second and third with two outs. An infield single deep in the hole at short, followed by a throwing error, allowed two runners to score and make it a 6-3 game.
PC responded in the bottom half of the inning with a run of its own. Weyenberg and Johnson drew back-to-back walks with one out. A fielder’s choice then put runners on the corners with two outs. Priaulx would attempt to take second during the ensuing at-bat and an errant throw allowed Weyenberg to score from third to push the lead back to 7-3.
The Blue Hose put the game away with a run in the seventh and three runs in the eighth. After a one-out walk by Johnson, Jackson doubled two batters later to score him from first and extend the lead to 8-1 after seven. In the eighth, Avery led off the inning with a walk, before stealing second and moving to third on a throwing error. Nick Wise then pinch hit and singled through the right side to score Avery.
Guy Casaceli came on to pinch run for Wise and would go to third on throwing error by the second baseman, as Nick Guimbarda reached on a fielder’s choice. A single by Auckland scored Casaceli and a sac fly by Weyenberg played Guimbarda to reach the eventual final score of 10-3.
Kevin McGowan led La Salle with a 2-for-3 day at the plate with a run, while Justin Jacko and Travis George each went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Ethan Springston also had a two-hit game with a run.
The Blue Hose return to action on Tuesday afternoon with a road game at Western Carolina at 4 p.m.