NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College baseball team completed the sweep of Charleston Southern with a doubleheader sweep on Sunday by scores of 10-5 and 10-8 at the CSU Ballpark in North Charleston, S.C. The Blue Hose improve to 27-25 overall and 14-7 in the Big South, while the Buccaneers drop to 21-26 overall and 9-15 in Big South play.
How It Happened (Game 1)
CSU opened the scoring with a run in the bottom of the first, on an RBI single by Jason Miller. PC responded with four-run second to break the game open. A Cletis Avery double to left field scored the first with a wild pitch allowing the second to come across, before Glen Casaceli drove in two more with an RBI single to right, putting PC in front 4-1.
PC added another run to start the third on a solo home run by AJ Priaulx, his team-leading sixth homer of the season, to make it 5-1. CSU cut it to a two-run lead in the bottom of the third, thanks to a solo home run by Aaron Miller and a sac fly by Kyle Vesnesky, trimming the lead to 5-3.
Both sides scored twice in the fourth to keep the margin the same. A two-RBI single by Brett Auckland scored Tyler Weyenberg and Casaceli to make it a 7-3 game after the top half. A two-RBI by Chris Singleton plated A. Miller and Alex Andronica to push the score to 7-5 after the bottom half.
The scored held there until the eighth with PC putting the game away with a three-run frame. With two on and one out, Weyenberg reached on a bunt single and moved to second on a throwing error by the pitcher that allowed Guy Casaceli to score from second for the first run of the inning. Then, with runners at second and third, a wild pitch brought in Avery to make it 9-5. Glen Casaceli then followed with an RBI single to right to drive in Weyenberg for the 10-5 advantage.
How It Happened (Game 2)
PC jumped on the board in its first at-bat to take the early lead. Casaceli and Auckland got back-to-back singles to start the inning, before TJ Richardson moved both up with a sac bunt. After a strikeout, a wild pitch allowed Casaceli to come in and a passed ball brought home Auckland to put PC up 2-0.
CSU got one in the bottom half of the inning. A walk, a single and an error loaded the bases with two outs. A fielder's choice scored the runner from third to make it a 2-1 game.
Both teams plated two runs in the fifth. Casaceli singled to right with two outs and Auckland followed with his sixth home run of the year to push the advantage to 4-1. The Bucs loaded the bases with no outs and Kyle Vesnesky got a two-out, two-run single to make it a 4-3 game.
CSU then tied the game with a run in the sixth, before taking the lead with a three-run seventh inning. An error scored a run in the seventh to tie the game at 4-4. Then a two-run double by Nate Blanchard and a sac fly by Singleton gave CSU a 7-4 lead.
Both sides got a run in the eighth. A two-out RBI single by Avery pulled the Blue Hose a run closer at 7-5. A solo home run to left by Mike Sconzo pushed the lead back to three at 8-5 heading to the ninth.
PC rallied in its final at-bat for the victory. Back-to-back one-out singles by Auckland and Richardson, combined with an error, put runners on second and third with one out. An RBI groundout by Priaulx brought in Auckland and Andrew Bladt doubled left center to score Richardson and cut the lead to just one run. Nick Guimbarda then reached on a catcher's interference to put the go-ahead run on base. Colton Chapman the delivered the game-winning blow with a three-run home run to left field to give the Blue Hose the 10-8 lead.
Pitchers of Record (Game 1)
Tanner Chock (3-5) earned his third win of the year, going 6.0 innings and allowing five runs (three earned) on eight hits with five strikeouts against four walks. It is the second straight start with a victory, allowing picking up a win over Gardner-Webb back on April 29.
Nik Constantakos (3-4) suffered the loss, allowing seven runs (six earned) on six hits in 3.1 innings pitched with three walks against six strikeouts.
Eric Miles earned his first save of the season by working the final 3.0 innings in relief. The righty allowed just a lone hit to face only one above the minimum with one strikeout and no walks.
Pitchers of Record (Game 2)
Ryan Hall (2-0) earned the win with an inning in relief, allowing a lone run on one hit with one walk.
Cody Smith (2-2) suffered the loss, allowing six runs (three earned) on six hits with a walk and strikeout.
Colton Springs recorded his first save of the season, working a scoreless ninth inning to cap off the victory. He allowed just one hit and one walk.
Player of the Games
Glen Casaceli went 3-for-5 with run and three RBIs to lead PC to the victory in game one and followed it up with a 3-for-4 performance with two runs. It was his team-leading sixth and seventh three-hit game of the season and his 13th and 14th multi-hit game of the year, tied for second-most on the team. He raised his average to a team-high .335 on the year with the big day at the plate.
- PC earned its 27th victory of the season on Sunday to tie the program's Division I era record for wins for the third straight season.
- The Blue Hose also picked up their 14th Big South victory of the season, also a program Division I record. The previous record came last season as PC earned 12 wins against conference opponents a year ago.
- In the three-game series, PC totaled 31 runs on 44 hits to claim the sweep, batting .367 with five home runs over the weekend.
PC will play its final non-conference game of the season on Tuesday with a road game at Western Carolina. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. in Cullowhee, N.C.