CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College baseball team totaled 12 hits against Towson on Sunday afternoon en route to an 11-5 win to complete the home-opening series sweep of the Tigers at the PC Baseball Complex. The Blue Hose improve to 4-2 on the season after the first three of seven straight home games.
Glen Casaceli put together a big game at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs out of the nine spot in the order. Jacob Midkiff had his third multi-hit game of the season with a 2-for-5 day at the plate with a run and two RBIs. Seven other batters recorded a hit in the win, as 17 players batted for PC.
Ryan Hedrick (1-0) earned victory in second start of the year, going a pre-determined 4.0 innings and allowing just one hit with five strikeouts and three walks. Five other Blue Hose players each pitched a single inning, highlighted by scoreless frames from Colton Springs and Michael Trebendis. Towson starter Kevin Ross (0-1) received the loss, allowing seven runs (four earned) in 3.0 innings of work.
PC once again scored first, getting three runs in the bottom half of the second. Midkiff singled to lead off the inning, followed by Peter Johnson with an infield single and AJ Priaulx with a walk to load the bases with no outs. Two batters later, Glen Casaceli singled through the right side to score Midkiff and keep the bases full. Brett Auckland then drew a bases loaded walk to score a run, before Tyler Weyenberg hit a sac fly to center to score another and give PC a 3-0 lead.
The Blue Hose added to their lead with another big inning in the third. Weston Jackson led off the inning with his first home run of the season, a solo shot to left. After a fly out, Johnson reached on a throwing error by the shortstop and Priaulx followed with a single to put runners on the corners with one out. Casaceli then came through again two batters later with a double to right to plate Johnson and make it 5-0. Auckland then busted it open with a triple to right to bring home both runners and up the lead to 7-0.
Towson cut in to the lead with two runs in the top of the fifth, both coming with two outs. A leadoff walk started the frame for the Tigers but a pop out and a force out at second left a man on first with two outs. A walk followed by a wild pitch put runners on second and third. AJ Gallo then singled on hard-hit ball to the first baseman to bring in the runner from third and put runners at the corners. Back-to-back walks would plate a second run in the inning but a fly out to left end the threat to keep the score at 7-2.
The PC offense was not done though, as the Blue Hose put up another four spot in the sixth. Casaceli singled to lead off the inning for his third hit of the game. He then stole second and would move to third on a wild pitch. Auckland followed with a walk, before taking second to put runners on second and third with no outs. Casaceli scored on a wild pitch that also allowed Weyenberg to reach first and Auckland to move to third, still with no outs.
The Blue Hose loaded the bases on a walk by Cletis Avery, forcing Towson to make a pitching change. Auckland would come home on a throwing error by the third baseman, as he attempted to cut down the lead runner at the plate. Midkiff then followed with a double down the left field line to plate two runs and give PC the 11-2 lead at the time.
Towson would add late runs with two in the eighth and one in the ninth. The Tigers got RBI singles from Clark Clatchey and John Drexel to plate its two run in the eighth. Brady Policelli then doubled home a run in the ninth to make the final score, 11-5.
Policelli led the Tigers with two of the team’s six hits with a run and an RBI. The PC pitching was spectacular for much of the early going, allowing just two hits through the first seven innings of the game.
PC returns to action on Wednesday afternoon with a home game against Savannah State at 2 p.m. at the PC Baseball Complex.