CLINTON, S.C. – Presbyterian College hurlers Hayden Deal and Will Smith combined to hold Stony Brook to just one run on four hits on Sunday afternoon at the PC Baseball Complex, leading the Blue Hose to a 2-1 victory to claim the series. PC improves to 4-4 on the season, while the Seawolves fall to 1-5.

How It Happened

PC scored first for the third straight game, opening the contest with a run in the bottom of the first. Tyler Weyenberg doubled to start the inning and Glen Casaceli moved him to third with a sacrifice bunt. Weyenberg would then come across on an error by the pitcher, attempting to field a grounder by AJ Priaulx, to give the Blue Hose a 1-0 lead.

Stony Brook tied it with a lone run in the second. Dylan Resk hit a solo home run to centerfield to even the score at 1-1.

The Blue Hose retook the lead in the third in the only other scoring of the day. Andrew Bladt drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a wild pitch. Weyenberg singled through the right side to put runners on the corners with no outs. After a popout, Priaulx drove in Bladt with a fielder’s choice to give PC the 2-1 lead it would never relinquish.

The pitchers would take control from there, putting up zeros in the line score the rest of the way. Deal retired seven and eight straight at two different points in the contest and allowed just two base runners after the second. SBU’s Brian Herrmann also got in to a groove, retiring seven straight at one point and holding PC hitless in the middle innings.

Will Smith came on for the Blue Hose with two outs in the seventh and ended the inning with a strikeout. He issued a pair of two-out walks in the eighth but ended the threat with a popout. The Blue Hose had two aboard in both the seventh and eighth innings but were unable to get runs either time.

In the ninth, Bobby Honeyman singled to center to put the tying run aboard. A sacrifice bunt by Nick Grande and a groundout put Honeyman at third with two outs. Andrew Gazzola would pinch hit and hit a sharp line drive right at Bladt at shortstop to end the ballgame and give PC the 2-1 win.

Pitchers of Record

Deal (1-0) earned his first victory of the season with an excellent outing. He worked 6.2 innings, one out shy of tying his career long, and allowed just one run on three hits with a career-high 10 strikeouts against two walks.

Herrmann (0-1) suffered the loss despite a solid day on the bump. He went 6.2 innings and allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits with two walks against four strikeouts.

Smith earned the first save of the season for PC pitching. He worked the final 2.1 innings of the game and allowing just a lone hit with two strikeouts against a pair of walks.

Player of the Game

Hayden Deal was excellent in his second start of the season. He pounded the strike zone all day, throwing 74 of his 107 pitches for strikes and threw a first-pitch strike to 19 of the 25 batters that he faced. His 10 strikeouts were a career high, as half of the outs he recorded in the game came via the punchout. In his 6.2 innings of work, only once did Stony Brook manage to get two batters aboard in the same inning.

Notables

- Tyler Weyenberg went 2-for-4 with a double and a run to lead the Blue Hose offense on the afternoon. It was his second straight multi-hit game after a three-hit day on Saturday and his seventh straight game with a base hit. He improved his average to .344 on the season.

- The Blue Hose totaled 12 strikeouts as a team in today’s game. It was the most strikeouts by PC pitching since recording 12 strikeouts against Charleston Southern on May 20 last season.

- PC takes the series win in its first home series of the season and finishes a five-game week at home 3-2. Last year, the Blue Hose went 17-10 at home and won six of its seven home series.

Up Next

The Blue Hose will go on the road for five games this coming week. They get it started with a road game at the Citadel on Tuesday at 5 p.m.