CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College baseball team (21-20) dropped a close one to North Carolina A&T (10-33), 5-3, on Wednesday afternoon at the PC Baseball Complex in Clinton, S.C.
Ryan Hedrick had a big day at the plate for PC, going 3-for-4 with an RBI. Cletis Avery was 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and an RBI, while Jacob Midkiff had two hits and a run. Tyler Weyenberg singled in the ninth to extend his hitting to streak to 12 games.
NC A&T reliever Leon Hunter (2-2) earned the victory, going 3.1 innings in relief and allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits with a walk. Colton Spring (1-3) suffered the loss for PC, allowing a run with no hits and one walk in 0.1 inning.
PC starter Logan Beegle turned in his best outing of the season but would earn a no-decision. The sophomore righty went 5.0 innings and allowed just two runs on five hits with two strikeouts against a lone walk.
PC struck first with a run in the second inning. Midkiff led off with a single up the middle and Avery followed with a bunt single to put two on with no outs. Peter Johnson laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners up ninety feet. Hedrick then recorded the first of his three hits on the day with an RBI single through the left side to score Midkiff and make it 1-0.
The Aggies got on the board in the fourth with two runs. Milton Rivera tripled to right center and Adan Ordonez followed with an RBI single to tie the game at 1-1. Two batters later, with a run on third and one out, Kyle Clary singled through the left side to drive in Ordonez and put A&T in front 2-1.
PC tied the game with a run in the seventh. Hedrick singled up the middle for his second hit to lead off the inning but was be erased on fielder’s choice by Rob Koski, keeping a runner on first with one out. After Guy Casaceli pinch ran for Koski, Brett Auckland singled through the right side to move Casaceli to third with one out. Weyenberg then hit a sac fly to center to score him and tie the game at 2-2.
The Aggies responded for three runs in the eighth to pull ahead. Myles Sowell drew a leadoff walk, stole second, moved to third on a sac bunt and later scored on a wild pitch give NC A&T the lead. A walk and back-to-back singles followed to load the bases with one out. Cole Norwood then came on for PC and immediately induced an infield fly for the second out. Back-to-back bases loaded walks allowed the Aggies to extend the lead to 5-2.
The Blue Hose cut the lead to two with a run in the bottom half. Glen Casaceli reached on an infield single and move to second on a throwing error by the third baseman. After a fly out, Avery doubled in the left-center gap to drive him in and make it a 5-3 game. Hunter was able to pitch out of the jam, though, with a foul out and a groundout to strand the runner at second.
PC threatened in the ninth inning, as Auckland drew a walk and Weyenberg singled to left to put two on with one out. However, Hunter proved tough for the Aggies and got the final two PC batters to fly out to end the ballgame.
Ordonez lead NC A&T with a 3-for-4 day at the plate with a run and an RBI. Rivera added two hits and two runs, while Timothy Ravare tallied a pair of hits at the top of the order.
The Blue Hose return to action on Friday to begin a key, three-game Big South series against Longwood at the PC Baseball Complex. All three games can be seen on the Big South Network.