BUIES CREEK, N.C. – With the game tied at 2-2 in the 9th, the Presbyterian College baseball team plated two runs in its final at-bat to take game two of the series against Campbell, 4-2, on Saturday afternoon at Jim Perry Stadium in Buies Creek. The Blue Hose even the series and its conference record at 10-10 on the year.
PC starter Tanner Chock recorded another strong outing but received a no-decision, going 7.0 innings and allowing two runs on three hits with five strikeouts against four walks. Aaron Lesiak (3-3) earned the victory for PC in relief, going 1.2 scoreless innings and retiring all four batters that he faced in the eighth and ninth innings. Campbell starter Grant Yost (6-3) pitched a complete game for the Camels but received the loss, allowing four runs on nine hits with a walk against six strikeouts.
Brett Auckland led the Blue Hose, going 2-for-4 with the go-ahead RBI single in the ninth to give PC the lead. Glen Casaceli was 2-for-4 in the No. 2 spot in the order, while Weston Jackson accounted for the first PC run with his eighth home run of the season.
In the ninth, with runners on first and second and two outs, Auckland singled up the middle to score Guy Casaceli from second to put PC in front, 3-2. One batter later, Jacob Midkiff plated a second run with an infield single to short to push the score to the eventual final of 4-2. In the bottom half, Lesiak recorded a 1-2-3 inning to give PC its 10th conference win of the year.
PC grabbed the early lead this time with a first-inning home run by Jackson. The red-shirt junior drove a 1-1 pitch out to left field for his eighth long ball of the season to give the Blue Hose the 1-0 lead.
Chock kept the Camels off balance early, allowing just one hit through the first five innings of work. Campbell loaded the bases in the first with two outs but Chock got a foul out to strand all three and wouldn’t allow more than one batter to reach until the sixth.
The Blue Hose added a run in the fifth inning. Midkiff hit a ball hard through the left side that looked poised for the left field corner but instead hit the umpire and resulted in a single with one out. Two batters later, Avery doubled deep to left field to drive in Midkiff and extend the lead at 2-0.
Campbell managed to scratch across a run in the bottom of the sixth. A double, a walk and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases with one out. Chock got a big strikeout for the second out of the inning but a wild pitch brought in a run to cut the lead to 2-1. A lineout to center end the inning and stranded two to preserve the lead for PC.
The Camels then tied the game with a run in its next at-bat. Ben Calvano drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt for the first out. Kyle Prats then hit an RBI single to right center to drive in Calvano and even the score at 2-2.
Campbell managed just four hits in the game, led by Prats with two out of the lead-off spot. Jimmy Monaghan and Matt Parrish each had a hit to account for the remaining two CU hits.
PC reaches 10 wins in Big South play for the first time since 2013, which is tied for the most since beginning Big South play in 2010.
The two teams will square off in the rubber match on Sunday at 2 p.m.