CLINTON, S.C. - The Presbyterian College baseball team completed its 2017 season with a run to the Big South Championship game on May 28. Below are some notes from PC's best season in Division I to date.
High-Water Mark for Wins
- PC reached 32 wins in 2017, its most wins in a season in its Division I era. It was also the most victories since 2000 when the Blue Hose won 37 games as a member of the South Athletic Conference.
- PC also managed a winning record for the first time in Division I, going 32-29 on the season for a .524 winning percentage. It was the team's first winning record since 2001 (30-29) and its best winning percentage since 2000 when it went 37-20 for a .649 winning percentage.
- The Blue Hose have compiled 86 wins over the past three seasons, its best three-year stretch in Division I, led by head coach Elton Pollock. That is the most wins by PC in a three-year period since 2000-02 when it won 94 games.
Record Year in Big South Play
- PC recorded a 15-9 mark in Big South play this season, its best since joining the conference, to finish third in the league standings, its highest ever finish.
- The Blue Hose won a program-record 15 Big South games, the most since they joined the conference. The previous high came last season when PC totaled 12 Big South victories.
- The 15 conference victories are tied for the most in the program's modern era. The 1998 team went 15-3 in the SAC that season.
- PC recorded a .625 winning percentage in the Big South, its best winning percentage since joining the league and its first winning record in Big South action. The previous high came last season when PC went .500 in league play at 12-12.
- The .625 conference winning percentage is the best by a PC team since 1999 when it went 12-6 in the SAC for a .667 winning percentage.
Big South Tourney Firsts
- PC made its second appearance in the Big South Tournament, coming for the second straight season.
- The Blue Hose recorded their first victory in the Big South Tourney this season with a 6-4 win over UNC Asheville in the opening round on May 25.
- PC also advanced to the Big South Championship game for the first time in program history.
Pitching Tops Across the Board
- The PC pitching staff recorded Division I era program bests in a number of categories.
- PC established D1 bests in ERA (4.32), opponent batting average (.262), strikeouts (433) and saves (16) in its D1 best 32-win season. The previous bests for strikeouts and opponent batting average had come last season, both seasons under pitching coach Parker Bangs.
- PC allowed the fewest runs (321) and earned runs (258) since 2013 when it recorded 282 and 239 in the respective categories.
- The Blue Hose finish the year with the best ERA in the Big South at 4.30, edging out Liberty (4.31) for the top spot.
Four Make All-Tournament Team
- Four Blue Hose were named to the Big South's All-Tournament team, the first PC players to receive the honor.
- Senior Hayden Deal and Tyler Weyenberg joined junior Nick Wise and sophomore Nick Guimbarda on the 12-man squad.
- Deal earned the win in PC's first ever victory in the Big South Tourney, allowing four runs (two earned) on three hits in 7.0 innings pitched with seven strikeouts against three walks.
- Weyenberg went 9-for-22 (.409) with five doubles, a homer, three runs and three RBIs in the tourney.
- Wise was 6-for-17 (.353) with a homer, three runs and five RBIs.
- Guimbarda went 8-for-20 (.400) with two doubles, a homer and three RBIs.
Home Runs All Around
- PC totaled 47 home runs as a team in 2017, its second-most in its Division I history. The 47 long balls trail only the 2009 squad in Division I, who homered 57 times in 51 games.
- The Blue Hose had five players with at least five home runs on the year, while two others managed four round trippers.
- PC was led in the home run category by AJ Priaulx, who delivered a career-high eight home runs on the year, good for a tie for sixth-most in PC's Division I era.
- Brett Auckland and Nick Wise each reached career bests with six home runs on the season, while Tyler Weyenberg and Connor Slagill set career highs with five home runs apiece.
Individual Season Milestones
- Eric Miles totaled seven wins in his first season at PC, tied for the most in a season in PC's Division I era. Chandler Knox also recorded seven wins in 2014.
- Ryan Hedrick amassed a D1 program record with 10 saves on the season. That also ranks second in the program's modern era, as Mike Noble recorded 12 saves in 2000.
- Tyler Weyenberg and Cletis Avery both started all 61 games this season, the most games started (and played) in a single-season in PC's modern era (since 1988).
- Avery also led the team with 19 stolen bases on the season, the most in a single season in PC's Division I era.
- Miles also compiled a 3.06 ERA on the year, good for fifth-best in a season in PC D1 history, while Brian Kehner compiled a 3.33 ERA this season, good for seventh on that list.
- Kehner also recorded 1.33 walks per nine innings, the third-best mark in a season in the school's D1 era.
- Hayden Deal held opposing hitters to a .233 batting average this season, second-best in PC's D1 time, while fanning an average of 8.96 batters per game, third-best in the program's D1 record book.
- TJ Richardson finished the year with a team-high .335 batting average, good for eighth-best in a season in PC's Division I era, while Glen Casaceli's .416 on-base percentage is the fifth-best in a season in D1.
- AJ Priaulx paced the squad in RBIs with 42 this season, good for fifth-most in a season in the D1 era.