LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Presbyterian College baseball team scored early and often on Saturday en route to a 12-1 victory over the Liberty Flames in the regular season finale for both teams at the Liberty Baseball Stadium in Lynchburg, Va. PC finishes the regular season 29-27 overall and 15-9 in the Big South, while LU drops to 32-21 overall and 16-8 in the Big South.
How It Happened
PC got it going early with a four-run second inning. Connor Slagill led off with a walk and Nick Wise followed with a double to left center to put runners at second and third with one out. Nick Guimbarda then plated the game's first runs with a double down the left field line to score both runners to give PC a 2-0 lead. Two batters later, Tyler Weyenberg added to it with a two-run home run to right, his fourth of the season, to push the advantage to 4-0.
The Blue Hose added another run in the third. Wise drew a two-out walk and Guimbarda doubled down the left field line again to put both runners in scoring position. Cletis Avery then came through with an RBI infield single to short to knock in Wise and make it a 5-0 ballgame.
Presbyterian put it out of reach with four more runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth inning. AJ Priaulx opened the fifth with a single to left and Slagill put two on thanks to a hit-by-pitch. Wise then singled to right to score Priaulx and put runners at the corners, still with no outs. Guimbarda did his part with yet another double, his third of the game, to drive in Andrew Bladt, who pinch ran for Slagill. Avery hit a sac fly to center to bring in Wise and two batters later, Thatcher Coleman singled through the left side to drive in Guimbarda and make it 9-0. Bladt recorded a two-out double in the sixth to man aboard for Wise, who delivered his third hit of the game with a two-run home run to right to push the lead to 11-0.
Meanwhile, PC starter Connor Jahn carried a no-hit bid in to the sixth inning, before allowing a one-out infield single to DJ Artis. Jahn faced just two above the minimum through the first five innings of the game, while retiring eight straight at one point.
Both teams plated a run in the eighth. Glen Casaceli reached on an infield single, before moving to second on an error, before Guy Casaceli reached on a dropped fly ball, putting runners at second and third. Priaulx scored Glen with an infield single to make it a 12-0 PC lead. Jonathan Embry drew a leadoff walk, stole second and moved to third on a throwing error by the catcher and two batters later, Jake Barbee scored him with a sac fly to right, breaking up the shutout at 12-1.
Pitchers of Record
Connor Jahn (1-0) recorded his first victory of the year, allowing just two hits in 5.2 scoreless innings with four strikeouts against four walks in just his second start of the season.
Caleb Evans (5-4) suffered the loss, allowing five runs on four hits and three walks in 2.2 innings pitch with three strikeouts.
Players of the Game
Nick Wise and Nick Guimbarda showed out in the series finale, combining to go 6-for-8 (.750) with four doubles, a homer, six runs and six RBIs to lead PC in the win. Wise had a perfect day at the dish, finishing a triple shy of the cycle with a 3-for-3 afternoon with a double, a home run, four runs and three RBIs. Guimbarda was 3-for-5 with three doubles, two runs and three RBIs. The three doubles are tied for the most in a game in PC's Division I era history and are the most by a PC player since 2011 when Brad Zebedis had three against Navy.
- Eric Miles finished the regular season of his freshman campaign with a scoreless outing. The righty worked 1.1 innings of relief and allowing just one hit, retiring four of the five batters that he faced.
- Ethan Wortkoetter, already the program's modern era record holder for appearances, made his 88th career appearance in the regular season finale. The righty worked an inning, allowing an unearned run on a lone walk.
- The win was PC's first ever at Liberty since the two began playing in 2009. It was also largest PC victory over Liberty in the series history.
PC will open Big South Tournament play on Tuesday as the No. 3 seed with a matchup with the No. 6 seed. First pitch is schedule for 45 minutes following game one, which is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Seeds for the tourney will be announced by the conference this evening.