CLINTON, S.C. – Senior left-hander Brian Kehner recorded his first career shutout on Friday, facing just four above the minimum and holding Army to just a pair of hits, as the Presbyterian College baseball team rolled to a 9-0 victory over the Black Knights in the series opener at the PC Baseball Complex. The Blue Hose even their record at 10-10 on the season, while Army drops to 6-11 on the year.
How It Happened
PC busted the game wide open with a seven-run third inning, its second seven-run inning in the last week. Brett Auckland got things started with a one-out single to left center and AJ Priaulx reached on a hit-by-pitch to put aboard. After a wild pitch moved both runners up, Nick Wise drew a walk to load the bases. TJ Richardson proved the first blow of the inning with an RBI single and Nick Guimbarda followed with a two-run double to left center to make it a 3-0 game. PC wasn’t done there, as Colton Chapman drew a walk to reload the bases and Cletis Avery followed with a two-run single to make it 5-0 lead. Andrew Bladt drove in another with a fielder’s choice and two batters later Auckland drew a bases loaded walk to make it a 7-0 PC lead.
That was all the help that Kehner would need on the day, as the captain retired 12 straight batters after the big inning and allowed just one base runner from the fourth inning on.
The Blue Hose tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the seventh. Bladt reached on a fielder’s choice and moved all the way around the bases thanks to three wild pitches to plate PC’s eighth run of the game. An RBI single by Auckland later in the inning drove in Tyler Weyenberg to push the score to its final tally of 9-0.
Pitchers of Record
PC starter Brian Kehner (1-1) earned his first victory of the season with his first career shutout. The lefty worked a complete game and allowed just two hits with eight strikeouts against a lone walk.
Army starter Carter Van Gytenbeek (1-1) was tagged with the loss, allowing seven runs on seven hits in 4.0 innings of work, issuing four walks against three strikeouts.
Player of the Game
No doubt that Brian Kehner was PC’s top performer on Friday with the two-hit shutout. It was the first shutout by a PC pitcher since last season when teammate Tanner Chock threw two-hit shutout at Gardner-Webb. Kehner was in the zone the whole game, totaling 80 strikes in a 105-pitch outing, as he faced just batters above the minimum and allowed just one batter to reach after the third inning.
- Brett Auckland continued his good work at the plate of late, going 3-for-4 with a walk, a run and two RBIs to lead the Blue Hose.
- Nick Guimbarda continued to drive in runs, going 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, a triple, a run and two RBIs on the afternoon. The sophomore leads the team now with a .364 average and nine extra-base hits on the year.
- With the win, PC improves to 4-1 on Fridays this season.
The same two teams return to the PC Baseball Complex on Saturday for game two of the series with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m.