CLINTON, S.C. – Jack McLaughlin hit a three-run homer in the first inning to give PC the early lead and allow starter Tanner Chock some breathing room as PC went on to beat Charleston Southern in the series opener, 7-4, on Friday at the PC Baseball Complex. The Blue Hose improve to 6-17 overall and 1-3 in the Big South, while CSU falls to 7-16 overall and 0-4 in Big South play.
How It Happened
PC built an early lead by scoring five runs before Chock allowed two base runners. In the bottom of the first, Nick Guimbarda and Jonathan White walked to put two on for McLaughlin. The senior put the second pitch over the hedges in left field to give PC the 3-0 lead.
Andrew Bladt led off the bottom of the third with a double to right center. He would advance to third on a wild pitch and scored on Jonathan White’s single through the left side, making the score 4-0. Nick Wise then singled on a high pop-up that was lost in the sun by the first baseman as he attempted to help the catcher locate it. Wise was caught stealing during the next at bat, but not before White was able to score and make the score 5-0.
In the top of the fourth, Charleston Southern was able to score two runs off a Derek Horton single up the middle, making the score 5-2.
The Blue Hose tacked on two insurance runs in the fifth and sixth inning off wild pitches by Wil Hartsell. Bladt scored in the fifth, and Wise scored in the sixth to make it 7-2.
The Bucs hit back-to-back doubles to start the seventh inning, score one run, and chase Chock from the game. The senior went 6.0 innings, gave up three runs on seven hits, and had three walks against five strikeouts. Eric Miles induced a sac fly and two fly outs to keep the score at 7-4.
The Blue Hose bullpen allowed just one base runner in 3.0 innings of work. Horton singled in the eighth, but that was as far as the Bucs would get as PC held on to pick up its first Big South win of the season.
Pitchers of Record
Tanner Chock (2-1) picked up the win for PC, going 6.0 innings and giving up just three runs on seven hits. It was Chock's third win in four starts against the Bucs.
Ryan Hedrick picked up his second save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Daniel Johnson (0-3) took the loss for CSU. He gave up five runs on four hits over 3.0 innings and had three strikeouts against two walks.
Player of the Game
Jack McLaughlin's three-run homer in the first inning gave PC the early 3-0 lead. It was the senior's second long ball of the year and gives him 14 RBI.
Due to inclement weather in the forecast for Sunday, Saturday's game has been changed to a doubleheader beginning at 11 am. Both games will be nine innings.