GREENVILLE, S.C. – Two eighth-inning solo home runs pushed Wofford past the Presbyterian College baseball team, 10-9, on Wednesday night at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C. The Blue Hose fall to 12-15 this year, while Wofford improves to 12-14.
How It Happened
PC got on the board with a run in its first at-bat. Cletis Avery got things started with a one-out single to right and moved to second on a wild pitch a few pitches later. After a groundout moved Avery to third, Nick Wise drove him in with an RBI double to left center to put PC in front 1-0.
Wofford responded in a big way in the bottom half of the first. A leadoff single by Andrew Orzel was followed by a two-run home run by McClain Bradley to give the Terriers a 2-1 advantage. Brett Hash then kept it going with a single, before a flyout to right accounted for the first out of the inning. Carson Waln then doubled to right to put two on for Reed Massey, who homered to left to give Wofford an early 5-1 lead.
The Blue Hose immediately began to chip away at the lead, getting a run in the second and four more in the third. Brett Auckland hit his second home run of the year in the second with a solo drive to right center, cutting the lead to 5-2.
PC kept it going in the third as Avery and AJ Priaulx got back-to-back singles to start the inning. Wise then doubled for the second time in the game, this time to right center, to score Avery and put runners at second and third with no outs. TJ Richardson then hit his first home run on the season with a drive over the Green Monster in left to clear the bases and reclaim the lead for PC at 6-5. The Blue Hose weren’t done just yet, though, as Glen Casaceli singled for the second time with one out and Nick Guimbarda followed with a single to right to runners at the corners. A wild pitch then allowed Casaceli to score from third to push the lead to 7-5.
Wofford cut in to the lead with a run in the fifth. The first two Terriers of the inning reached via the walk, forcing PC to go to the bullpen again and bring on righty Eric Miles. A passed ball allowed the runners to move to second and third, but Miles got a groundout to third to keep the runners three.
The Terriers retook the lead with a pair of runs in the seventh. Brett Hash reached on a hit-by-pitch with one out and Mack Nathanson followed with a double to left to put two in scoring position with one out. Carson Waln followed with a two-run single to right that gave Wofford the lead, 8-7, at the time.
PC responded with two runs of its own in the eighth, coming without a hit. The Blue Hose loaded the bases with three straight walks by Casaceli, Guimbarda and Andrew Bladt with no outs. After a Wofford pitching change, Tyler Weyenberg tied the game by scoring Casaceli from third on an RBI fielder’s choice to first, leaving runners on the corners with one out. A wild pitch then brought home Guimbarda to give PC the lead at 9-8.
Wofford then answered with two runs in the bottom half of the eight to retake the lead. Kody Ruedisili and Dylan May hit back-to-back solo home runs to give the Terriers lead for the eventual final score of 10-9.
Pitchers of Record
Austin Higginbotham (1-3) earned his first win of the year with 2.0 scoreless innings in relief, as he didn’t allow a hit or a walk and struck out three.
Hunter Kyzar (0-4) suffered the loss, allowing two runs on the two solo home runs in 1.0 inning of relief work.
Player of the Game
Nick Wise had a big night at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a run and two RBIs. In each of his first two at-bats, the lefty had an RBI double with one headed to the left center gap and one to the right center gap. It was the second three-hit game of the season for the junior and his seventh multi-hit game.
- Cletis Avery also had a big night at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Avery singled in each of his first three at-bats and scored in each of his first two with Wise driving him in both times. It was his first three-hit game of the season, tying his career-high set against Charleston Southern last season.
- Glen Casaceli managed a 2-for-3 evening at the plate with a pair of runs scored as well.
PC hosts Radford in its second Big South series of the year, beginning Friday at 3 p.m. at the PC Baseball Complex.