CLINTON, S.C. – Presbyterian College’s Jack McLaughlin and Nick Wise hit back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the ninth on Saturday, but the Blue Hose rally fell short as Liberty escaped with an 11-6 win and avoided the series sweep. The Blue Hose fall to 9-20 overall and 4-5 in the Big South, while the Flames improve to 15-11 overall and 5-4 in conference play.
How It Happened
Liberty used a big first inning, highlighted by a grand slam by Ayden Karraker, to chase starter Reagan Fowler from the game. The Flames scored seven runs on three hits to take the early lead.
In the top of the second, Liberty tacked on two insurance runs off a sacrifice fly and a double to make it 9-1.
The Blue Hose chipped away at the lead over the next three innings by getting their leadoff man on base. In the bottom of the third, Thatcher Coleman doubled and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Nick Guimbarda then hit a sacrifice fly to left to make it 9-2. In the bottom of the fourth, AJ Priaulx singled and eventually scored an RBI single by TJ Richardson, making it 9-3. Then in the fifth, Tannor Byrd walked and advanced to second when Guimbarda was hit by a pitch. Bladt sacrificed both runners over, and an RBI single by White made it 9-4.
Liberty’s starter, Brady Stamper, came out in the bottom of the seventh with the bases loaded and two outs. Mason Hand forced a pop fly to end the threat with the score still 9-4.
The Flames would score again in the seventh and ninth innings to make it 11-4.
In the bottom of the ninth, McLaughlin and Wise hit solo shots to spark a brief rally and excite the Blue Hose fans. However, Hand was able to pitch out of it.
Pitchers of Record
Reagan Fowler (0-2) took the loss for PC, giving up six runs on one hit with three walks against one strikeout.
Brady Stamper (2-1) picked up the win for Liberty. He allowed four runs on eight hits and had four walks against a career-high nine strikeouts.
Jonathan White went 3-for-5 with two RBI on Saturday. The junior is hitting .515 in Big South play and has five multi-hit games over the last two weeks.
AJ Priaulx recorded a single to start the fourth inning to reach 49 hits on the year.
The Blue Hose will step out of conference play to travel to NC Central on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.