CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College baseball (23-21, 9-9 Big South) swept Saturday’s doubleheader against Longwood (25-20, 9-9 Big South) to win its third straight home conference series. PC took game one, 7-1, before completing the sweep with a 9-5 victory in game two.
Starting pitching proved to be key for the Blue Hose in both games. Game one starter Tanner Chock (2-2) went 8.0 innings and allowed just one run on seven hits with six strikeouts against four walks. Game two starter David Sauer (4-2) did his best to duplicate the performance, going 8.0 innings and allowing just one run on five hits with four strikeouts against four walks. Both earned the victory to help PC sweep the twin billing.
PC racked up 13 hits in game one with six players recording two hits apiece. Cletis Avery had a big game out of the nine spot, going 2-for-4 with a triple, a run and three RBIs. AJ Priaulx continued his hot hitting with a 2-for-4 effort in game one with a solo home run, a run and two RBIs. Jacob Midkiff was 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run, while Patrick Burt went 2-for-2 with two walks, a run and an RBI.
The Blue Hose scored first in the opening game on an RBI single by Avery to take a 1-0 lead. The Blue Hose then scored in four straight at-bats from the fourth inning to the seventh, highlighted by a three-run fourth. With runners on first and second with one out, Avery tripled to right center to drive home both, before later scoring on a wild pitch to push the PC lead to 4-0.
After Michael Osinski hit a sac fly to right in the top of the fifth to score Longwood’s only run of the game, Priaulx hit his fifth home run of the season in the bottom half to make it a 5-1 ballgame. It was the first home run at home by PC player since March 15, when Weston Jackson went deep against NC Central.
Priaulx hit an RBI single the following inning to drive in Tyler Weyenberg from third and make it a 6-1 game. Burt then hit an RBI single in the seventh to plate Midkiff and give PC its seventh and final run of the game.
PC then used a pair of big innings to defeat the Lancers in game two. Midkiff went 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs in the late to go 4-for-7 for the two games. Weston Jackson was 1-for-4 with a double, a run and two RBIs.
The Blue Hose put together a four-run second inning, all with two outs, to take an early lead. Glen Casaceli started it with an RBI double and Mick Tinny followed with an RBI single to drive in the first two runs in the inning. Two batters later, with two on and two out, Brett Auckland had a two-RBI single to left center to score Avery and Tinny and make it a 4-0 PC lead.
PC then went for five more runs in the seventh. With the bases loaded and one out, Rob Koski scored on a wild pitch and the trailing runners would move up ninety feet. Jackson then hit his 22nd double of the year down the left field line to score both runners and push the lead to 7-0. Three batters later, with runners on the corners, Midkiff tripled in to the right field corner to bring home two and give PC a 9-0 lead.
Longwood attempted to get back in the game, scoring a run in the eighth and bringing across four more runs in the ninth. Brandon Harvell scored on an attempted pickoff in the eighth, after drawing a leadoff walk earlier in the inning, to make it a 9-1 ballgame.
In the 9th, Longwood loaded the bases against PC closer Hayden Deal. Janos Briscoe hit an infield single to third to plate the first run, before a throwing error allow a second runner to score and put runners on second and third with one out. James Berry then hit an RBI groundout to third to cut the lead to 9-4 with two outs and a runner on third. Pinch-hitter Travis Burnette then reached on a throwing error by the shortstop, which allowed the fourth run of the inning to come in and make it a 9-5 game. Deal would recover and get a groundout to third to end the ballgame to close out the victory.
Osinski highlighted the day for Longwood, going 3-for-3 with an RBI in game one. Carlos Garrido was 2-for-4 in the opening game of the doubleheader, while Sammy Miller led the way in game two with a 2-for-4 afternoon with a run. Briscoe also managed two hits in game two with an RBI and a run.
PC’s Weyenberg was 2-for-4 in game one to extend his hitting streak to 14 games, before going 0-for-4 with a walk and a run in game two to have the streak snapped.
The Blue Hose return to action next weekend, after breaking during the week for exams. PC heads to Campbell for a three-game series, beginning Friday, May 6 at 6 p.m.