CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College baseball team split a doubleheader with Charleston Southern on Saturday, winning game one, 9-1, and dropping the final game, 4-2. PC won the three-game series and had a season-high 18 hits in their win on Saturday at the PC Baseball Complex. The Blue Hose finished the day 7-18 overall and 2-4 in the Big South, while the Buccaneers are 8-17 overall and 1-5 in conference play.
How It Happened (Game 1)
In the top of the second, the Bucs' Alex Andronica singled to score Mike Sconzo and cut into the lead, 2-1.
In the bottom of the third, White reached on a bunt single, and then a hit-and-run double by Priaulx scored White from first and restored PC's two-run lead, 3-1.
The Blue Hose tacked on six more runs between the fifth and eighth innings. Nick Wise doubled to score Jack McLaughlin, and TJ Richardson singled to score Wise in the fifth. Priaulx singled to score Nick Guimbarda in the sixth. Ryan Hedrick singled to score Wise, and Guy Casaceli grounded out to score Richardson in the seventh. PC's last run came in the eighth inning on a fielder's choice that scored White, putting PC up 9-1.
The second game of the doubleheader had a fraction of the offense fans saw in game one. However, Charleston Southern did strike early with three first inning runs. Sconzo singled up the middle to score Kyle Vesnesky. After walking his fourth batter of the inning, starter Colton Springs was relieved by Jackson Dean with the score 2-0. The sophomore walked Christian Maggio to make the score 3-0, but struck out Andronica and induced a groundout to minimize the damage.
Dean stayed in for 4.2 innings and only gave up the one run on three hits. He had two walks and three strikeouts.
In the bottom of the third, Thatcher Coleman walked to start the inning. Guimbarda singled to advance Coleman. Bladt then laid down a sac bunt to advance both runners. A sac fly by White scored Coleman and made the score 3-1. The Buccaneers then brought on Eddie Hiott to relieve starter Evan Nations. The junior induced a groundout to end the inning and end PC's rally.
The teams would trade runs in the fifth. Aaron Miller hit a sac fly to score Jason Miller in the top of the inning. White doubled down the right field line to score Coleman in the bottom of the inning, bringing the score to its final 4-2.
CSU used seven pitchers in the final game of the day. The committee of Cody Maw, Taylor Cox, and Cody Smith struck out seven batters and only allowed three base runners over the final 4.1 innings.
Pitchers of Record
Will Smith (1-2) picked up the win in game one. The senior gave up one run on four hits and had five strikeouts against one walk in 5.0 innings of work.
Russ Branch picked up his first save of the season, pitching 4.0 innings of quality play. He gave up zero runs on three hits and had two walks with one strikeout.
Tyler Weekley (1-4) took the loss in game one. He gave up five runs, four earned, on nine hits and had four strikeouts.
Colton Springs (1-3) took the game two loss for PC. The junior gave up three runs on one hit and had four walks in 0.1 innings of work.
Eddit Hiott (2-0) picked up the win for CSU in game two, coming on in relief and pitching 1.1 innings of shut-down work. The junior did not concede a hit or run and struck out one batter over 1.1 innings.
Cody Smith picked up his fourth save of the year, pitching 1.1 innings and striking out three of the four batters he faced.
Player of the Day
Jonathan White batted 5-for-5 in game one, scoring three runs, and batted 1-for-3 in game two with both of PC's RBI.
PC's 18 hits in game one were a season high, besting the 17 hits they recorded against Mount Saint Mary's on March 2.
The Blue Hose will travel to Duke for a mid-week game on Tuesday night. The 6 p.m. game will be broadcast on the ACC Network.