CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College baseball team fell to High Point in both games of Saturday’s doubleheader, falling by scores of 3-2 and 13-1 at the PC Baseball Complex in just its second conference series loss of the season. PC drops to 21-21 overall and 9-6 in the Big South, while High Point improve to 22-17 overall and 9-9 in the Big South.
How It Happened (Game 1)
High Point got lone runs in the first, third and fourth innings to take a 3-0 lead. Tim Mansfield led off the first with a single to right and three batters later, Zack Gray scored him with an RBI single up the middle to make it 1-0 HPU. In the third, Blake Schunk singled to right with one out and stole second with two outs, before scoring on a dropped fly ball by the right fielder to make it 2-0. Their final run came in the fourth with Josh Greene scoring on a fielder’s choice, beating a throw to plate on a bunt to the pitcher.
PC answered with a run in the fourth and another in the sixth. AJ Priaulx hit his team-leading fourth home run of the season in the fourth with a solo drive to right to get PC on the board and cut the lead to 3-1. Glen Casaceli reached to start the sixth on two errors by the first baseman that allowed Casaceli to reach second on the play. After a sac bunt by Weyenberg moved him to third with one out, a sac fly to left by Cletis Avery scored Casaceli to make it a 3-2 game.
PC’s best chance for more runs came in the eighth. Brett Auckland led off the inning with a single through the left side and Casaceli moved him to second with a sac bunt. After a pitching change, Weyenberg reached on an error by the second baseman to put runners at the corners but a 5-4-3 double play ended the inning. HPU recorded a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth to take game one, 3-2.
How It Happened (Game 2)
The Panthers got two runs in the first and two more in the second to take an early lead in the series finale. Greene got a two-run single to right center in the first to give HPU the early 2-0 lead. An error and an RBI single by Blake Schunk in the second made it 4-0.
High Point then put together a four-run sixth and a five-run eighth late in the contest to put it away. A pair of two-run doubles by JJ Woodard and Austen Zente plated the four runs in the sixth to extend the lead to 8-0.
Presbyterian got its lone run in the seventh. Auckland led off the inning with a double inside the first base bag and moved to third on a groundout. Weyenberg then singled to left center to score him to make it 8-1 at the time.
In the eighth, the Panthers loaded the bases with no outs on a pair of walks and an error. A sac fly scored the first in the inning and two batters later, a wild pitch scored the second. Greene, Conner Jackson and Hunter Lee then got back-to-back-to-back two-out, RBI singles to drive in three more and extend the lead to the eventual final score of 13-1.
Pitchers of Record (Game 1)
Drew Daczkowski (4-3) earned the win, tossing 7.1 innings of two-run, three-hit baseball with a walk against seven strikeouts.
Tanner Chock (1-5) was the tough-luck loser again, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits in 6.0 innings on the bump with four strikeouts against four walks.
Matt Hodges earned his fourth save of the year, working a perfect 1.2 innings in relief with a pair of strikeouts.
Pitchers of Record (Game 2)
Trevor Holloway (3-4) earned the victory with 5.0 scoreless innings of three-hit ball, walking three and hitting one while striking out six.
Hayden Deal (3-4) suffered the loss, as he was on the hook for seven runs (six earned) on eight hits in 5.0 innings pitched with five strikeouts against a lone walk and two hit batters.
- AJ Priaulx hit his team-leading fourth home run of the season in game one, a solo shot to right.
- Cletis Avery went 2-for-5 in game two to record his eighth multi-hit game of the season.
- Eric Miles turned in another strong outing on the mound, working 3.0 perfect innings in relief in game one of the doubleheader. The righty retired all nine batters he faced with four flyouts, three groundouts and two strikeouts, needing only 27 pitches to do so with 18 strikes.
PC makes a midway trip to Durham to face Duke at 6 p.m. on Wednesday night, before returning for its final home conference series of the season, hosting Gardner-Webb for three games beginning Friday.