SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Presbyterian College baseball team dropped its first two games of the season on Friday in a doubleheader sweep at Savannah State, 3-1 and 1-0.

PC moves to 0-2 on the season while Savannah State opens at 2-0. The two teams play the third game of the series on Saturday. First pitch is slated for noon.

Brandon Paul (Augusta, Ga.) went 3-for-6 on the day, racking up two hits and a run in the day’s first game. Jay Lizanich (Greer, S.C.) drove in PC’s lone run.

Savannah State 3, PC 1 | Box Score

The Blue Hose dropped the first game despite taking an early lead and tallying eight hits to the Tigers’ seven.

Sophomore Beau Dees (Blenheim, S.C.) produced a solid outing, allowing three earned runs over seven innings. Dees struck out a career-high seven in the effort and issued no walks before Ryan Morris (Jamestown, R.I.) took over for a perfect inning of relief.

PC struck for one run in the second inning. Paul led off with a single to left center and took second on a fielder’s choice. The redshirt sophomore outfielder came home on a Lizanich single to left that put two Blue Hose on the bases. PC eventually filled the bags but left them loaded as a flyout ended the inning with PC ahead by one, 1-0.

The Blue Hose put two on in the fifth but could not convert three hits into a run.

Savannah State would capitalize in the bottom of the frame, taking advantage of four hits and an error to score all the runs it would need. Mendez Elder hit a two-run single to give the Tigers the lead and make the score its final tally, 3-1.

Both teams combined to leave only three men on base for the rest of the day as Savannah State hung on for the victory.

Savannah State’s Kyle McGowin took the win, pitching seven innings and striking out seven as well.

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Pitchers: Presbyterian College - DEES, Beau; MORRIS, Ryan(8) and LONG, Derek. Savannah State Univ. - MCGOWIN,Kyle; RICKS,Eric(8) and ARNOLD,Chris.
Win-MCGOWIN,Kyle  Loss-DEES, Beau  T-2hr14min  A-106

Savannah State 1, PC 0 | Box Score

Savannah State edged the Blue Hose in another pitchers’ duel in the second game, 1-0. The Tigers generated a walkoff win in a seven-inning contest.

Chandler Knox (Columbia, S.C.) provided a sterling effort, allowing only two hits and one unearned run in six and two-thirds innings. Knox struck out five and walked two in the effort while Hunter Ross earned the win with four and one-third innings of work.

Brandon Martin (Gray Court, S.C.) went 2-for-4. Aaron Preston (Goose Creek, S.C.) and Paul each hit safely and PC struck out only once in the second game.

The Blue Hose left 13 men on base en route to the narrow loss.

PC left the bases loaded in the second inning after a Cam McRae (Darlington, S.C.) walk, Martin single, and an error put three Blue Hose aboard. The visitors also left two stranded in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings as Knox continued to keep the Tigers scoreless.

Savannah State struck in the seventh. Parker Nix worked his way to third via a leadoff walk and a pair of groundouts before scoring on an error as the Tigers took the 1-0 victory.

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Pitchers: Presbyterian College - KNOX, Chandler and ZEBEDIS, Brad. Savannah State Univ. - HUNTER,Ross; MAY.Jackson(5); RICKS,Eric(6) and ARNOLD,Chris.
Win-RICKS,Eric  Loss-KNOX, Chandler  T-2hr12min  A-88