Fayetteville, N.C. – The Presbyterian College baseball team begins its quest towards a Big South tournament title on Wednesday afternoon as the Blue Hose battle the No.5 seed Gardner-Webb in the Big South Conference Championship at 4 p.m. at Segra Stadium in Fayetteville, N.C.
WHAT: Presbyterian (29-27, 16-11 Big South) vs Gardner-Webb (25-24, 14-13 Big South)
WHERE: Fayetteville, N.C. (Segra Stadium)
WHEN: Wednesday May 22 (4:00 p.m.)
THE SERIES (Since 2008): GWU Leads 25-12
ON THE MOUND
PC – Eric Miles (6-4, 4.22 ERA, 77 K)
GWU – Landon Mitchell (7-5, 4.08 ERA, 63 K)
About the Blue Hose
• The Presbyterian College baseball team used the power of four home runs to set the single season Big South record for most wins in a season with 16 as the Blue Hose earned a 15-6 victory on Saturday afternoon at CSU Ballpark.
• With his stolen base in the third inning, Zacchaeus Rasberry became the first Blue Hose in the D1 era to record 20 stolen bases in a season.
• The Blue Hose hit four home runs in a game for the second time this season matching the Blue Hose D1 single game record.
2019 Postseason Honors
• Outfielder Nick Guimbarda received second team recognition on the all-conference team and was selected as Scholar Athlete of the Year. Guimbarda was joined by outfielder Zacchaeus Rasberry and pitcher Jackson Dean on second team.
• Pitcher Eric Miles and Infielder Jimmy Marcelli also received honorable mention for the all-conference team.
• Guimbarda is first Blue Hose to win scholar athlete of the year since 2013 when Brad Zebedis was named Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year by the league.
• Jimmy Marcelli leads the Blue Hose over the last five games with a .474 average (9-for-19)with a double and home run. Marcelli also has knocked in eight runs.
• Jonathan White has three home runs and 10 RBIs over the last five games.
• In Big South Play, Jackson Dean was a perfect 5-0 with a pair of complete games. He struck out 22 batters over 42 innings.
• In six appearances in Big South Play, Austin Paradis was 1-1 with a save and allowed only two earned runs in 12.0 IP. Paradis struck out 15 batters and walked three during the stretch.
• This marks Presbyterian first Big South tournament appearance since 2017 when the Blue Hose made it to the league championship.
• The Blue Hose are 3-4 all-time in Big South tournament
• In 2017, PC picked up a victory over UNC Asheville before defeating Gardner-Webb in round two. The Blue Hose dropped a game to Winthrop before defeating the Eagles to advance to the 2017 final which Presbyterian was defeated by Radford in the final.
• Gardner-Webb leads the all-time series over the Blue Hose 25-12 dating back to the 2008 season. PC earned a series win over the Bulldogs earlier this season with two of three wins.
• Nick Guimbarda led the Blue Hose during the series this season with a .500 average (7-for-14). Guimbarda had three doubles in the series.
• Jimmy Marcelli hit .417 during the series with nine RBIs including seven in the series clincher against the Bulldogs.
• Presbyterian hit .320 during the series.
• Gardner-Webb enters the tournament as the five seed in the Big South Tournament following taking two-of-three from UNC Asheville to conclude the regular season. The Bulldogs enter the tournament with a 25-24 overall record and finished 14-13 in league play.
• Justin Kunz leads the Bulldogs with a .324 average including 14 doubles, 11 home runs and 38 runs driven in. Corey Howard sits at .313 with 14 doubles and 37 RBIs.
• Chandler Redmond led all of the conference with 18 home runs.
• Landon Mitchell leads the Gardner-Webb pitching staff with a 7-5 record and a 4.08 ERA. Mitchell has 63 strikeouts in 75.0 IP.
• Jarett Thompson has a team-high eight saves.
• Zacchaeus Rasberry led the Big South with 72 hits and was third in the conference with 22 stolen bases. Rasberry was fifth with a .336 average as well.
• Jonathan White led the conference with 15 hit by pitches.
• Jimmy Marcelli was fourth in RBIs with 48 on the year.
• Jackson Dean enters the tournament with a 1.46 walks allowed per nine innings mark which is third in the conference and 26th nationally.
• As a team, the Blue Hose finished second in the Big South with 100 doubles which ranked second in the league. Nick Guimbarda led the team with 16 doubles, while Marcelli had 13 and Ashby Smith finished the regular season with 12.
• PC also finished second with 86 stolen bases led by Rasberry with 22 stolen bases and Guimbarda picked up 13. White and Garrett Jones each had 11 SB on the year as 13 different Blue Hose successfully stole a base during the 2019 season.
• With his next win, Eric Miles would tie the single season record for most wins by a pitcher in the Blue Hose D1 era. He would match a mark he set in 2017 and Chandler Knox hit during the 2014 season.
• Eric Miles is just two wins away from matching the Presbyterian D1 record for wins with 21 victories. Miles currently has 19 wins over his two and a half seasons as a Blue Hose.
• Miles needs two more strikeouts to move into sixth place in PC's D1 record book for career strikeouts. Miles currently has 164 punch outs in his Blue Hose career.
• Nick Guimbarda next double moves him into a tie for third in the program’s D1 record book with his 43rd career double.
• Guimbarda needs two more home runs to move into a tie for fourth place in the program’s D1 record book for career home runs. Guimbarda has 17 homers after his home run in Saturday's victory over Longwood.
• Guimbarda's next sacrifice fly would give him the D1 program record for sac flies with his 12th.
• Colton Springs with his next save would move into solo fourth in the program’s D1 record book with his seventh career save. Springs with his next save also takes sole possession of eighth in the Blue Hose career record book.
• Jonathan White's next hit by pitch would give him the single season D1 record for HBP with 16 on the season.
• Zacchaeus Rasberry needs three triples to set a single season D1 record for triples in a season. He has four entering tournament play. Rasberry also set the single season D1 record for stolen bases in a season with his three SB's at Charleston Southern on Saturday.
• The Blue Hose following Wednesday afternoon’s game will await results from other games in the tournament to see where they head in this week’s double elimination bracket. Be sure to follow @PresbyterianBSB on twitter and check back at gobluehose.com for updates throughout the week in Fayetteville.