ROCK HILL, S.C. – Presbyterian College hurlers Brian Kehner and Eric Miles combined to throw PC’s second shutout of the season on Friday night, as the two blanked Big South leader Winthrop, 5-0, at the Winthrop Ballpark in Rock Hill, S.C. in the series opener. PC evens its record at 16-16 overall with a 4-3 mark in the Big South, as Winthrop drops to 16-14, 5-2 in the Big South.
How It Happened
PC scored the only runs of the game in one at-bat with a five-run third inning. Connor Slagill led off the inning with a single to right. Brett Auckland followed with a walk and Glen Casaceli was then hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs. Tyler Weyenberg wasted no time, singling up the middle to plate Slagill and Auckland give PC the lead.
The Blue Hose weren’t done yet, as Cletis Avery put down a sac bunt to put Casaceli and Weyenberg in scoring position with one out. A sac fly to center by AJ Priaulx scored Casaceli to make it a 3-0 game. After a Nick Wise walk and passed ball that put runners on second and third again, TJ Richardson doubled to left center to score both and make it a 5-0 PC lead.
That was all the help that Kehner needed for the win. Winthrop managed a base runner in every inning except the ninth but only managed to get one past second base. The best threat by the Eagles came in Kehner’s final inning in the seventh, as the first two reached on back-to-back singles. Kehner worked out the jam by retiring the next three in order with a strikeout, a groundout and a flyout to keep the Eagles off the board.
Miles took over for the final two innings of the contest. Anthony Paulsen drew his second hit-by-pitch of the game to lead off the eighth, but Miles used a flyout and a fielder’s choice to get two outs with just one board. A two-out walk gave the Eagles two base runners for just the fourth time in the game but a flyout ended the inning with no harm done. In the ninth, the right-handed freshman retired the Eagles in order to close out the game.
Pitchers of Record
Kehner (3-1) earned his second straight win for the Blue Hose, allowing just five hits in 7.0 scoreless innings of work with four strikeouts against two walks.
Winthrop starter Reece Green (3-3) was tagged with the loss, allowing five runs on nine hits in 7.0 innings on the mound with two walks and three strikeouts.
Player of the Game
Brian Kehner earned his second straight win with another strong outing on the mound. The lefty has been a part of both PC shutouts this season, after a complete game performance against Army on March 17 in a 9-0 PC win. Kehner has now pitched 7.0 innings in each of his three conference starts to the tune of a 1.29 ERA, allowing just four runs (three earned) with 17 strikeouts against two walks.
- Tyler Weyenberg drove in the first two runs of the game with a single in the third inning, before later scoring in the five-run frame. The senior outfielder finished 2-for-5 with a run and two RBIs in the win.
- TJ Richardson delivered a two-run double in the five-run fifth inning to make it a 5-0 lead. The right-handed hitting catcher went 2-for-4 with the double and two RBIs.
- Glen Casaceli extended his hitting streak to nine games with a fourth-inning single and Cletis Avery used a ninth-inning single to extend his to eight games. Avery also swiped his team-leading 14th base of the season in the ninth.
- Eric Miles tossed 2.0 scoreless innings in relief, holding the Eagles without a hit in the final two innings of the game. It was the ninth appearance of the season for the freshman and lowered his ERA to 3.44 on the year.
- As a team, PC collected 10 hits for the second straight game and has now done so in four of its last six games.
- The Blue Hose have now won four straight against the Eagles, after a sweep in Clinton, S.C. last season.
PC and Winthrop will meet in game two of the series on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Winthrop Ballpark.