FARMVILLE, Va. – Longwood’s Ryan Shull came up with a two-out, bases loaded RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to plate the game-winning run, as the Lancers edged Presbyterian College, 2-1, on Friday night at Bolding Stadium in Farmville, Va. PC falls to 18-18 overall and 6-4 in the Big South, while LWU improves to 12-20 overall, 4-6 in conference action.
How It Happened
PC starter Brian Kehner and Longwood starter Cody Wagner went toe-to-toe from the outset with both going the distance on the night. Kehner allowed a leadoff single in each of the first three innings but did now allow a runner to reach second. Wagner retired the first eight batters he faced, before Brett Auckland and Glen Casaceli got back-to-back two-out singles in the third.
Presbyterian opened the scoring with its lone run in the fourth inning. Nick Wise singled to short with two outs and moved up to second on an error. TJ Richardson immediately drove him in with an RBI single to right to put PC in front 1-0.
Longwood answered with a run in the sixth inning to tie the game at 1-1. Sammy Miller singled up the middle to lead off the inning, before stealing second. He moved to third on a groundout and then scored on an RBI single to center by Joey Mendez.
Neither pitcher would blink over the next two frames, as both Kehner and Wagner faced the minimum across the seventh and eighth innings. Wagner retired the Blue Hose in order in the top half of the ninth, giving the Lancers a chance for the win in the bottom half.
Michael Osinski singled to center to lead off the ninth with a sacrifice bunt moving him to second with one out. The following batter was intentionally walked to put the double play back in order, before a single to right loaded the bases with one out. After a foulout to the catcher for the second out, Shull ended the game in walk-off fashion with an RBI single through the right side to score Miller from third and give the Lancers the 2-1 victory.
Pitchers of Record
Wagner (4-3) earned the win in a complete game outing, allowing one unearned run on five hits with no walks against 13 strikeouts.
Kehner (3-2) was the tough-luck loser in the contest, allowing two runs on 11 hits with four strikeouts against one intentional walk in 8.2 innings pitched.
- TJ Richardson drove in the only PC run of the game with an RBI single in the fourth. Richardson went 1-for-4 in the game, recording one of five PC hits.
- It was PC’s 15th one-run game of the season and its seventh Big South game decided by three runs or less.
The same two teams will meet again on Friday night at 6 p.m. in game two of the series.