CHARLESTON, S.C. – Presbyterian College baseball used another big inning—this time in the first with a Ryan Hedrick (High Point, N.C.) grand slam—to power past the Charleston Southern Buccaneers on Friday at CSU Ballpark, 9-7.
PC improves to 27-27 overall and 6-17 in the Big South while Charleston Southern falls to 22-28 and 9-14 in League play. The Blue Hose will go for the series sweep and their first winning record in Division I in the Saturday season finale at 2 p.m.
The Blue Hose used a six-run first inning and a strong performance from Beau Dees (Blenheim, S.C.) in his final collegiate start for the win. The senior moved to 3-5 with a 7.1 inning, five-run effort. Michael Trebendis (Fayetteville, Ga.) earned his first save of the season by getting PC out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth.
PC turned a season-high three double plays in the win, including several crucial twin-killings late in the game.
Tyler Weyenberg (Marietta, Ga.) led PC with three hits while Hedrick’s grand slam gave him four RBI.
PC wasted no time to start the game, loading the bases with nobody out. Weyenberg led off with a single and a perfectly executed hit-and-run with Peter Johnson (Seattle, Wash.) put runners on the corners for Jay Lizanich (Greer, S.C.), who walked to fill the bags full of Blue Hose. One out later, Jacob Midkiff (Rock Hill, S.C.) laced a pitch back up the middle for a 2-0 PC lead.
AJ Priaulx (Warner Robins, Ga.) followed with a single into the right field gap to reload the bases for Hedrick. The freshman delivered, slamming a 1-0 pitch over the left field wall for a grand slam and a 6-0 PC lead.
The homer marked Hedrick’s fifth of the season and the team’s first grand slam since Cam McRae hit one on March 5, 2014, against Northeastern.
Charleston Southern responded quickly, as Sly Edwards hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first that cut PC’s lead, 6-2. Dees retired the next three batters, however, to limit the scoring and keep the four-run lead.
The Bucs made it 6-3 in the third inning, but the run came during a 6-4-3 double play that helped PC preserve its edge.
PC capitalized in the next inning. Johnson and Lizanich hit RBI singles before Cam McRae (Darlington, S.C.) took a pitch off the foot to load the bases with nobody out. Unfortunately for the Blue Hose, the Bucs escaped further damage as the Blue Hose took its 8-3 advantage into the bottom of the inning.
Brandon Martin (Gray Court, S.C.) hit a leadoff double in the fifth, coming home two batters later when Weyenberg hit a double of his own for a 9-3 Blue Hose lead.
PC ran into trouble in the sixth as the Bucs put two on with one out, but PC turned a 3-6-1 double play to end the inning unscathed.
A Charleston Southern leadoff triple in the seventh turned into a run via sacrifice fly for a 9-4 score. The Bucs scored another in the eighth and loaded the bases with one out, only to see PC turn another inning-ending double play and keep a 9-5 lead.
The Bucs threatened one final time in the ninth. A fielder’s choice gave the home team its sixth run and an error allowed Charleston Southern to make it a 9-7 score. Trebendis entered and an infield single loaded the bases. With the pressure on, the junior pitcher stepped up by inducing a weak 4-3 groundout to end the game and give PC its third straight victory.
Edwards with 4-for-5 to lead Charleston Southern with two RBI. Kyle McDorman took the loss, moving to 1-7.
Presbyterian College 600 210 000 - 9 14 3 (27-27, 6-17)
Charleston Southern. 201 000 112 - 7 14 0 (22-28, 9-14)
Pitchers: Presbyterian College - DEES, Beau; HAYES, Trey(8); TREBENDIS, Michael(9) and
McRAE, Cam. Charleston Southern - MCDORMAN, Kyle; PIRIZ, Jon(3); JOHNSON, Daniel(4);
SMITH, Cody(6); PISTACCHIO, Joe(9) and REMICK, Sam.
Win-DEES, Beau(3-5) Save-TREBENDIS, Michael(1) Loss-MCDORMAN, Kyle(1-7) T-2:35 A-217
HR PC - HEDRICK, Ryan (5).
HR CSU - EDWARDS, Sly (2).
Weather: 80, sunny
MCDORMAN, K. faced 1 batter in the 3rd.
PIRIZ, J. faced 5 batters in the 4th.