CLINTON, S.C. – With two on and the game tied at 6-6 in the ninth, an error by the Stony Brook shortstop on a groundball by Connor Slagill allowed Tyler Weyenberg to score from second to give PC the 7-6 walk-off victory on Friday afternoon at the PC Baseball Complex in Clinton, S.C. The Blue Hose even their record at 3-3, while SBU remains winless at 0-4.
How It Happened
In the bottom of the ninth, Weyenberg led off the inning with a walk and Cletis Avery got him in to scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. The Seawolves then intentionally walked Brett Auckland to set up a potential double play, bringing up Connor Slagill, who pinch hit to enter the game in the seventh. Slagill would hit a sharp grounder at the shortstop but he was unable to corral it and as the ball carried in to the outfield, Weyenberg scored from second to give PC the victory.
PC got the scoring started with a lone run in the first, as Weyenberg led off the game with a single and two batters later Auckland drove him in with an RBI double. Stony Brook answered with five runs of the next two innings. In the second, an RBI double by David Real and a two-RBI single by Brandon Janofsky in back-to-back at-bats gave SBU a 3-1 lead. They added to it an inning later thanks to a wild pitch and a Jeremy Giles RBI double to five it a 5-1 lead.
The Blue Hose were able to work their way back, though. They added one in the fourth, as Nick Wise doubled down the right field line and moved to third on a wild pitch, allowing Glen Casaceli to score him on a 6-3 groundout and make it a 5-2 game. PC then took the lead with four runs in the sixth, all coming with two outs. Wise got started with a solo home run to right, his first of the season, making it a 5-3 game. PC then loaded the bases with a walk by Casaceli, a single by Bladt and another walk by Weyenberg. Avery provided the big blow with a two-RBI single to right to tie the game at 5-5 and put runners on the corners. Avery then got in a rundown between first and second on the ensuing pitch, which allowed Weyenberg to score from third and give PC the 6-5 advantage.
The lead would be short lived, as Stony Brook tied it at six with a run in the seventh. A leadoff hit-by-pitch and a stolen base put a runner on second and two batters later Michael Wilson singled up the middle to bring him home to tie the game at the time. They would get nothing more from there as Will Smith came on to shut it down again, recording 2.2 of scoreless relief work to claim the victory.
PC starter Brian Kehner gutted his way through 6.0 innings on the bump, allowing five runs on nine hits with four strikeouts and zero walks. He faced just two above the minimum over his last three innings of work, giving PC an opportunity to cut in to the lead.
Pitchers of Record
Will Smith (2-0) took home the victory with 2.2 scoreless innings pitched and allowed just one hit with no walks and two strikeouts. He faced the minimum on the afternoon, retiring the only batter to reach against him with a double play. Smith has yet to allow a run in 5.1 innings of relief work across his two outings so far this season.
Aaron Pinto (0-2) suffered the loss, despite only allowing an unearned run. He worked 1.0 inning in relief and did not allow a hit but issued a pair of walks, one intentional, to lead to the PC victory.
Player of the Game
Nick Wise had a big day at the plate, earning the start in the DH spot. He was 2-for-3 with a double, a homer, two runs and an RBI to help lead PC to the comeback victory. Wise scored the team’s second run of the game, after a leadoff double in the fourth, and then started PC’s two-out rally in the sixth with a solo home run.
- Newcomer Andrew Bladt recorded his first hit at PC as part of a 3-for-4 day at the plate. Bladt entered the game hitless on the season in 12 tries but ends the day as the first PC player with a three-hit game this season.
- Glen Casaceli also had a nice day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI. Tyler Weyenberg scored nearly half of the team’s runs, crossing the plate three times as part of a 1-for-3 day at the plate to go with a pair of walks.
- PC has now had back-to-back game with 12 hits. It is the first time since April 23-24 last season that PC recorded back-to-back game with at least 10 hits, when the Blue Hose totaled 10 and 17, respectively, against Liberty en route to back-to-back wins.
These same two teams will go head-to-head again tomorrow at the PC Baseball Complex with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m.