CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College baseball team fell to The Citadel, 7-2, on Sunday afternoon at Joseph P. Riley Park in Charleston, S.C. PC goes to 11-8 on the season and drops its first weekend series after winning each of the first two.
Brett Auckland and Tyler Weyenberg each had two hits in the victory. Weyenberg was 2-for-4 with a double to extend his hitting streak to 14 games. He is batting .446 (25-of-56) during the streak and has raised his batting average from .273 to .397 during that stretch. Rob Koski hit his first home run of the season for a run and an RBI.
Jacob Watcher (3-1) earned the victory for the Bulldogs, pitching 5.1 innings and allowing just one run on four hits with a walk against strikeouts. PC starter Jack McLaughlin (0-1) was tagged with the loss in his first start of the season, allowing three runs on four hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 4.2 innings pitched.
The Citadel got on the board first with a run in its first at-bat. Mike Deese tripled with one out and Austin Mapes followed with single up the middle to score him from third. A 5-4-3 double play end the inning but the Bulldogs took the early 1-0 lead.
In the fifth, the Citadel added two runs to extend its lead. A leadoff walk followed by a fielder’s choice put a runner on first with one out. Bret Hines doubled to left to put runners on second and third but a fielder’s choice resulted in a 4-2 putout for the second out. After a wild pitch put runners on second and third, a walk loaded the bases with two outs. Deese then came through again with a two-RBI single up the middle to give the Bulldogs the 3-0 lead.
PC got the board with a run in the sixth. Koski led off the inning with a solo shot to left to cut the lead to 3-1. The Blue Hose threatened for more in the inning, loading the bases with one out after a single by Auckland and walks by Jackson and AJ Priaulx. Back-to-back fly outs would end the inning and leave them loaded.
The Citadel tacked on two more runs in the bottom half. Drew Ellis homered to right center with one out to make it a 4-1 game. Later in the inning, with the bases loaded and two outs, a wild pitch allowed the runner from third to score to push the lead to 5-1.
PC scored again in the seventh inning, as Hedrick doubled with one out to get things going. A fly out to right moved him to third and an RBI single by Auckland brought him home. Weyenberg doubled to right and Jackson was intentionally walked to load the bases but a strikeout once again thwarted a two-out threat.
The Citadel tacked on two runs in the eighth for the eventual final score of 7-2. An error allowed one run to come in, while an RBI single by Watcher plated another one later on in the inning.
The Bulldogs were led by Deese and Mapes with two each hits apiece, while Deese drove in one run and Mapes drove in two. Clay Martin scored two runs in the bottom of the lineup despite going hitless in the game.
PC continues its road trip on Tuesday evening in the upstate at No. 19 Clemson in Clemson, S.C. The first pitch at Doug Kingsmore Stadium is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.