GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Presbyterian College baseball team fell to a hot hitting Michigan State team, 10-2, on Saturday afternoon at Furman’s Latham Stadium in Greenville, S.C. The Blue Hose fall to 6-6 on the season with the Spartans improving to 8-1 on the year.
How It Happened
The Spartans got the scoring started with three runs in the bottom of the second. Brandon Hughes singled to third base and would move to second on a throwing error by the third baseman. A hit-by-pitch and a one-out walk loaded the bases but the damage would come with two outs, after a strikeout. A wild pitch allowed the first run to come in before Danny Gleaves doubled to left to make it a 3-0 lead.
Michigan State added to the lead with a run in the fourth inning. Dan Chmielewski led off the inning with a single and stole second to put a runner in scoring position with no outs. After a flyout, an RBI single to left by Royce Ando plated Chmielewski to make it a 4-0 MSU lead.
PC got on the board in the top of the fifth with a lone run. Nick Wise led off the inning with an infield single and moved all the way to third on a throwing error by the catcher. Nick Guimbarda followed with sacrifice fly to center to score Wise and make it a 3-1 game. PC would threaten for more runs in the inning, loading the bases on a Thatcher Coleman single, a walk by Brett Auckland and a hit-by-pitch to Glen Casaceli to chase MSU starter Ethan Landon from the game. Spartan reliever Joe Mockbee ended the potential rally, though, getting back-to-back strikeouts to strand the runners.
The Spartans extended the lead with a six-run sixth inning. A single, a walk and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases with no outs. Gleaves then drove in the first two of the inning with a single to left, before a walk loaded the bases again. Jackson Dean came on for PC and immediately induced a 6-4-3 double play to get two outs but the team’s third run of the inning came across. The Spartans would come up with three more singles from that point to drive in the final three runs of the inning and give MSU a 10-1 lead.
PC added a run in the top half of the seventh. Brett Auckland started the inning by reaching on an error by the first baseman that allowed him to go all the way to third with no outs. Casaceli brought him home with an RBI groundout to second to make it a 10-2 game.
Pitchers of Record
Joe Mockbee (3-0) earned the victory for the Spartans out of the pen, working 1.2 scoreless innings and allowing two hits with four strikeouts and no walks. He replaced Michigan State starter Ethan Landon, who allowed one run on three hits but went just 4.1 innings.
PC starter Tanner Chock (0-2) suffered the loss on the afternoon, allowing four runs on five hits with three strikeouts and three walks in 5.0 innings of work.
Player of the Game
Cletis Avery went 1-for-3 at the plate to extend his reached base streak to 10 games. Avery has recorded a hit in nine of his last 10 games this season.
- Four Blue Hose players made their collegiate debut in today’s game. Freshmen Tannor Byrd, Hunter Grover and Chris Thompson each made the first at-bat of their respective careers at the college level, while Russ Branch made his first collegiate appearance on the mound.
- Branch threw 1.0 scoreless inning in first career appearance, allowing no hits and issuing just a lone walk.
- Robert Moss tossed a perfect 1-2-3 frame in the eighth inning, recording a popout, a groundout and a lineout to set the Spartans down in order.
PC wraps up action in the First Pitch Invitational on Sunday, taking on Furman at 3 p.m. back at Fluor Field in downtown Greenville.