NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Presbyterian College baseball team trailed 10th-ranked Vanderbilt by just two runs after the sixth, thanks to a strong outing from freshman hurler Austin Paradis, but the Commodores got five runs in their final two at-bats for a 7-1 victory on Tuesday night at Hawkins Field in Nashville, Tenn. PC falls to 2-3 on the year, while Vandy improves to 3-1.
How It Happened
It looked to be a low-scoring affair from the outset with just a single run coming across in the first five innings. Vanderbilt got on the board in the first with a solo home run off the bat of Ethan Paul to take the early 1-0 lead but wouldn’t get another until the sixth. PC freshman starter Austin Paradis allowed just four base runners from the second through the fifth innings to keep the Commodores in check.
Vandy added to its lead with a run in the sixth, before breaking it open with four in the seventh. A leadoff double and back-to-back walks loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth, ending a strong day on the bump for Paradis. Russ Branch came on for PC and immediately induced a 6-4-3 double play that allowed the second VU run to come across. In the seventh, an RBI single by Connor Kaiser, a two-RBI double by Pat DeMarco and an RBI double by Stephen Scott brought in four to extend the lead to 6-0.
The Commodores added one more in the eighth. JJ Bleday singled to center, moved to second on a passed ball, moved to third on a single by Austin Martin and scored on fielder’s choice to make it 7-0.
PC would not go quietly in the ninth though. Jack McLaughlin singled to center with one out and AJ Priaulx followed with a double off the wall in right center to put runners at second and third. Tannor Byrd got McLaughlin across with an RBI groundout to get PC on the board for final score of 7-1.
Pitchers of Record
Vanderbilt’s Maddux Conger (1-0) earned the win in his first action of the season, tossing 5.0 scoreless innings and allowing three hits and two walks against five strikeouts.
PC’s Austin Paradis (0-1), making his first career start and just his second collegiate appearance, suffered the loss, as he completed 5.0 innings of work and allowed just two runs on six hits with a strikeout against four walks.
- AJ Priaulx was 2-for-4 with a double to lead the Blue Hose at the plate. He has now managed two hits in three straight games to raise his average to .350 in the early going.
- Nick Wise went 1-for-4 with a first-inning single to right and has now hit safely in each of the team’s first five games of the year.
- Maxx Harpalani made his collegiate debut on Tuesday night, working 1.0 inning in relief. The freshman is already the fifth rookie pitcher to debut for the Blue Hose this season.
PC wraps up its two-game series with the Commodores on Wednesday. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. ET (4 p.m. CT) and can be seen on the SEC Network+.