CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College baseball team tied the game in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings but Stony Brook scored five runs in the 11th to come away with the 8-3 victory to even the series on Saturday afternoon at the PC Baseball Complex. The series finale, originally scheduled for noon on Sunday, has been moved up to an 11 a.m. first pitch.
How It Happened
The Blue Hose (3-4) got on the board first with a run coming in the third inning. Tyler Weyenberg singled to center, one of his three hits on the afternoon, and Cletis Avery followed with an RBI double to give PC the 1-0 lead.
Stony Brook (1-4) answered with two runs in the fifth. A solo home run to left from Nick Grande put the Seawolves on the board. Later in the inning, Casey Baker drove in a second run with an RBI, infield single to short to give his team a 2-1 lead.
The Blue Hose tied the game in the seventh. Andrew Bladt reached on an error to start the inning and Weyenberg moved him to second with a sacrifice bunt. Avery then came through again with an RBI single up the middle to tie the game at 2-2.
Neither team could scratch across a run in the eighth but both would get one in the ninth. With two outs in the top half of the ninth, Baker tripled to deep centerfield and would come in a few pitches later on a passed ball to give SBU the lead. In the bottom half, Connor Slagill got it started with a pinch it single through the left side and Guy Casaceli came on to pinch run. Weyenberg followed with a single to right to put two on with no outs. Avery moved both up by ninety feet with a sacrifice bunt. After a groundout, Casaceli would score on a wild pitch to tie the game and put the go-ahead run on third. SBU’s Stone would get a strikeout to end the inning and send the game to overtime.
After both teams went down in order in the 10th, Stony Brook broke the game open with five runs in the 11th. Andrew Gazzola tripled with one out to get it started and Bobby Honeyman scored him with an RBI bunt single. Two batters later, Baker again proved a thorn in PC’s side with a two-RBI triple to center field to make it 6-3. The final two runs of the game were score later in the inning on a pair of wild pitches. In the home half, Guy Casaceli singled with one out but back-to-back strikeouts ended the game.
Pitchers of Record
Stony Brook’s Cam Stone (1-0) earned the win in relief after a blown save in the ninth. He worked 3.0 innings and allowing the one run on three hits with six strikeouts against no walks.
Ryan Hedrick (0-1) suffered the loss in relief, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits with three strikeouts against one walk.
Player of the Game
Cletis Avery came through in the clutch twice for the Blue Hose on Saturday afternoon. The senior finished 2-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and a sacrifice. Avery drove in PC’s first run with a double and its second with a single. He also laid down a sacrifice bunt in the ninth that led to PC’s game-tying run.
- Tyler Weyenberg and AJ Priaulx each went 3-for-5 on the day, the first three-hit games of their respective seasons. Weyenberg now has a hit in each of his last six games after going hitless in the season opener.
- Tanner Chock recorded a strong outing in his second start of the season. The junior righty went 5.2 innings and allowed two runs on eight hits with two strikeouts against one walk.
The two will wrap up the series tomorrow with the rubber match at 11 a.m. at the PC Baseball Complex.