CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College baseball team dropped the first two games of a four-game series with Harvard on Friday at the PC Baseball Complex. The first game went in favor of the Crimson, 11-5, before the Blue Hose lost a seven-inning nailbiter, 2-1. PC falls to 5-10 on the season, and Harvard improves to 4-6.
How it Happened
In the top of the fifth inning, Harvard’s Patrick McColl hit a 3-run double to put the Crimson up 3-0. In the bottom of the inning, the Blue Hose replied with two runs of their own. Connor Slagill singled to start the inning, and Craig Zalewa doubled to put men on the corners with no outs. Colton Chapman drove Slagill in and advanced Zalewa who would then score on a Nick Wise single to make it 3-2.
In the sixth inning, Harvard loaded the bases with no outs. Ryan Hall walked in a run before a two-run double by McColl made the score 6-2. Maxx Harpalani came in to pitch for PC and gave up a two-run single to Buddy Hayward which made it 8-2. Harpalani then struck out Patrick Robinson and forced Jake Suddleson into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Harvard tacked on three more runs on two hits and two errors in the top of the eighth to make the score 11-2. In the bottom of the eighth, Thatcher Coleman got things going for the home team with a single. He would come around to score on a Jonathan White single to make the score 11-3. The Blue Hose would load the bases in the bottom of the ninth and score two more runs before falling 11-5.
Harvard’s leadoff, Ben Skinner, would score in the first inning to put the Crimson up 1-0. The visitors would make it 2-0 in the second inning off a Jake Allen single that scored Hunter Bigge. PC would answer with one run in the third when Nick Wise singled up the middle to score Guy Casaceli. But, Crimson starter Buddy Hayward proved to be too much, and Harvard escaped with the 2-1 victory in seven innings.
Pitchers of Record
Noah Zavolas (1-0) picked up the game one win for Harvard in 7.0 innings of work. He gave up four hits, two runs, and had four walks against five strikeouts.
Eric Miles (3-2) took the game one loss for PC in 4.0 innings of work. He gave up three runs, six hits, and had two walks against zero strikeouts.
Buddy Hayward (1-1) picked up the game two win for Harvard in 6.0 innings of work. He gave up one run on five hits and had one walk against six strikeouts.
Colton Springs (1-1) took the game two loss for PC. He gave up two runs on three hits and had three walks against eight strikeouts.
The Blue Hose will host Harvard for another doubleheader on Saturday. Game one is scheduled for nine innings and a noon start.