CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College baseball team continued its offensive success on Tuesday, totaling 17 hits to surge past NC Central, 15-6, at the PC Baseball Complex in Clinton, S.C. The Blue Hose improve to 10-5 on the season and recorded its 10th game with at least 10 hits in the victory.
Jacob Midkiff led the way a four-hit game, one shy of his career high, with a run and two RBIs. Ryan Hedrick tied his career-high with a three-hit day, including a double and a triple, with two runs and three RBIs. Weston Jackson continued his hot hitting with his sixth straight multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with a home run, three runs and two RBIs. Cletis Avery also had a two-hit game with a double, a triple, two runs and an RBI.
Trey Hayes (1-0) earned the win in relief in his first outing of the year, tossing 3.0 innings and allowing two runs on four hits with no walks against two strikeouts. Nick Wise got a no decision in his first start of the year, pitching 3.0 innings and allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits with three strikeouts. Landon Fraley was tagged with the loss after allowing eight runs (seven earned) on six hits in 1.1 innings pitched.
PC got on the board first in a big way, scoring seven in its first at-bat after sending 11 batters to the plate. Tyler Weyenberg doubled with one out and Jackson then hammered a ball out to left for his third home run of the season to give PC its first two runs.
PC did most of its damage with two outs in the inning, as Peter Johnson singled to score a run and a wild pitch allowed Avery to come across. Two batters later, Hedrick tripled to left center to plate two runs and make it a 6-0 lead. Hedrick later scored on a throwing error by the catcher, as Auckland stole second, to make it a 7-0 lead.
In the second, PC added a run on an RBI single from Midkiff to plate Jackson from third after reaching on a leadoff walk.
In the top of the third, NCCU got on the board with two runs. A leadoff walk and a single put runners on first and second, before a fly out moved a runner from second to third. John Ortiz singled up the middle to plate one run and a later throwing error allowed the second to score to make it 8-2.
The fourth inning saw both teams get runs on the scoreboard. NCCU started in the top half with a leadoff walk followed by a double to put runners on second and third with no outs. After a strikeout, a sac fly to center scored one but another fly out ended the inning and prevented more damage.
PC responded with three runs in the bottom half of the inning. Jackson led off with a single and followed by stealing second. A groundout to first moved him to third and two batters later Avery doubled to bring him home. A wild pitch and a walk put runners on the corners with two outs, before a high pop up on the infield could not be caught by the defense, allowing Koski to reach, Avery to score and Johnson to move to third. Hedrick then followed with a single through the right side to score Johnson give the Blue Hose an 11-3 lead.
Both teams scored again in the sixth inning. NCCU got a run in the top half on a hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded. A fly out to center would end the threat, though, and prevent more runs from the Eagles.
In the bottom half, Burt singled with one out and Hedrick followed with a double to put two in scoring position. A passed ball allowed Burt to score and Hedrick to move over to third, before Nick Guimbarda walked to keep two on. After a wild pitch moved Guimbarda to second, Evan Troutt recorded his first hit of the season with an infield, RBI single to score Hedrick. Two batters later, Jack McLaughlin and Midkiff hit back-to-back singles to drive in two more runs and make it a 15-4 ballgame.
The Eagles got their final two runs of the game in the top of the eigth. A wild pitched allowed the first to score and a two-out RBI single from Christian Triplett drove home the second, cutting the lead to the final score of 15-6.
James Dey led the Eagles with a 3-for-3 day with a run and an RBI to up his batting average to .432 on the year. Ortiz added three hits with an RBI, while Jacobi Harris was 2-for-3 with two runs.
PC has now totaled at least 15 hits four times this season, including two of its last three games. The Blue Hose reached double-digit runs for the fifth time this year and came in just one run shy of tying their season high.
PC returns to action tomorrow against Wofford at the PC Baseball Complex. The first pitch is set for 3 p.m.