CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College baseball team scored 12 runs in the first two innings to rout Savannah State, 16-1, on Wednesday afternoon at the PC Baseball Complex. The Blue Hose improve to 5-2 on the season with their fourth straight win.
PC scored double-digit runs for the second straight game, after totaling 11 in Sunday’s win over Towson. It was the first time that PC scored at least 10 runs in back-to-back games since last season when it scored 11 in three straight games from March 2-4. PC also racked up a season-high 17 hits, upping to team's season average to 12.0 hits per game. The 16 runs were the most for PC since last season when the Blue Hose reached 16 runs twice, both coming against USC Upstate.
Peter Johnson continued his hot streak with a 3-for-3 day with a run and three RBIs, as every PC position player on the roster batted in the game. AJ Priaulx went 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs, while Weston Jackson put together a 2-for-3 game with three runs and two RBIs. Tyler Weyenberg and Jacob Midkiff each recorded two-hit games and Connor Slagill singled in sixth for his first collegiate hit.
Not to be lost in the offensive onslaught, David Sauer (2-0) earned the victory with 5.0 strong innings, allowing just a lone run on three hits with three strikeouts against three walks. The PC bullpen then tossed 4.0 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit in that span. Aaron Lesiak, Robert Moss, Logan Beegle and Russell Thompson each tossed a scoreless frame in relief, as the five PC pitchers combined to throw just 98 pitches.
PC did most of its damage in the first two innings, sending 22 batters to the plate in its first two at-bats. The Blue Hose would get five runs in the first inning, scoring in their opening at-bat for the fifth time in seven games. Weyenberg got the inning started with a one-out single, before stealing second and then moving to third on a wild pitch. Cletis Avery drew a walk to put runners on the corners and Priaulx singled to right to plate the first run of the game.
Jackson followed with a single to knock in Avery and put two on with just one out. Jacob Midkiff singled to load the bases and Johnson did the damage with sharply hit single through the left side to score two runs and make it 4-0. Two batters later, with runners on second and third, Midkiff scored on a balk to plate the fifth run of the inning.
PC picked up where it left off in the second, as Auckland opened the inning with a single to right and Weyenberg followed with a bunt single to put two on with no outs. After a fly out, Priaulx doubled to left to score both runners and give PC a 6-0 lead. Jackson followed with a double to right to plate Priaulx and score the seventh run of the game.
Two batters later, Johnson singled to left-center to drive in Jackson and make it 8-0. Ryan Hedrick drew a two-out walk to put two on and then a wild pitch allowed both runners to move up 90 feet. Rob Koski followed with a single to plate Johnson and Auckland walked to load the bases. Weyenberg then walked to bring home Hedrick and Avery joined in with a single to drive in another and make it 12-0 after two innings.
The Tigers scored their only run of the game in fourth. Jonathan Moore drew a leadoff walk and was able to move to third on a groundout with just out. Mendez Elder would groundout to the shortstop to score Moore and make it 12-1 at the time.
PC got the run back in the bottom half of the inning. Koski reached base on a base on balls and two batters later, Weyenberg hit a sac fly to center to score him from third.
The Blue Hose got their final three runs of the game in the fifth. Jackson opened the frame with a walk and Midkiff followed with a double to put runners on second and third with no outs. Two batters later, a wild pitch allowed Jackson to score to make it 14-1 game. After Nick Guimbarda walked to put runners at the corners, Patrick Burt got a pinch-hit single to right-center to plate Midkiff. Auckland then grounded out to short to bring Guimbarda from third for the final PC run of the game.
PC returns to action this weekend with a three-game series at home against La Salle, starting on Friday at 2 p.m. at the PC Baseball Complex.