CLINTON, SC – The Presbyterian College baseball team cut into a six-run deficit on multiple occasions on Wednesday, but ultimately fell to the visiting NC Central Eagles by a score of 14-7 at the PC Baseball Complex. PC moves to 5-8 on the season, while NC Central improves to 10-3.
How It Happened
The Eagles got off to a fast start, scoring six runs on six hits and chasing starting pitcher Reagan Fowler from the game in the first inning. Corey Joyce, Mitchell McCrary, and Timmy Fischvogt recorded RBIs for the Eagles before Andrew Durden came on to relieve Fowler. Evan Holland then drove in another run on a groundout to put NCCU up 6-0. Durden struck out the next batter to end the inning.
The Blue Hose would get two runs back in the bottom of the second. AJ Priaulx started with a single to left field, his first of five hits on the day. Jack McLaughlin singled to right and advanced Priaulx to third. A passed ball would then score Priaulx and advance McLaughlin to second. Jonathan White recorded an RBI single to left which cut the lead to 6-2. After a Tannor Byrd walk, NCCU brought Chris Kernen on to replace starter Nick Caregnato. The RHP was able to get the next two outs and curb the first PC rally.
In the top of the fifth, Zach Michalski hit a two-run homer to extend the NCCU lead to back to six runs, 8-2. PC would get those runs back in the bottom of the seventh courtesy of a Nick Wise RBI single that scored Thatcher Coleman and Rob Greco, making the score 8-4.
In the NCCU eighth, Joyce brought Andrew Valichka and Holland home on a single through the left side, extending the lead back to six runs, 10-4. PC would answer yet again in the bottom of the eighth with a White 3-run homer that scored McLaughlin and Priaulx, making the score 10-7.
That would be the closest PC would get, as the Eagles tacked on four insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning. Michalski singled to score McCrary. Valichka then hit a three-run double that scored Jacob Raby, Holland, and Michalski and put the Eagles up 14-7.
Pitchers of Record
Chris Kernen (2-0) earned the win in relief for NCCU, allowing no runs on two hits with two strikeouts over 3.2 innings of work.
PC starter Reagan Fowler (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing six runs on six hits in 0.1 innings pitched with two strikeouts.
Player of the Game
AJ Priaulx went 5-for-5 with four singles, a double, and two runs scored. He extended his hit streak to 11 games and logged his eighth multi-hit game of the season.
Priaulx becomes the eighth player in PC’s Division I era to record five hits in a game. The last player to have five hits in a game was Weston Jackson, at The Citadel in 2016.
Jonathan White went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer and four RBIs. He is now tied with Priaulx for the team lead in HR (2).
The Blue Hose will host Harvard for a 4-game series beginning at 2:00 pm on Friday.