FARMVILLE, Va. – The Presbyterian College baseball team got nine runs over its final three at-bats, including seven in its final go-around, to rally late for the second straight day to take the series finale at Longwood, 11-2, on Saturday afternoon at the Buddy Boiling Stadium in Farmville, Va. PC takes its third straight conference series to improve to 20-18 overall and 8-4 in the Big South, while Longwood drops to 12-22 overall and 4-8 in the Big South.
How It Happened
Longwood got on the board early again, this time with two runs in the first inning. A two-out double by Sammy Miller put a man on, before Michael Osinski reached on an error that allowed Miller to score and Osinski to go to second. Two batters later, Alex Lewis added another a run with an RBI single to give the Lancers an early 2-0 lead.
PC starter Hayden Deal settled in from there, limiting Longwood to no more than one base runner in any inning the rest of the way. The Blue Hose got on the board with a run in the fifth. Tannor Byrd doubled down the left field line and Tyler Weyenberg singled up the middle to score him to cut the lead to 2-1. Jack McLaughlin then tied the game with a solo home run in the seventh, the first of his career, to make it 2-2.
The Blue Hose once again grabbed the lead late, getting the go-ahead run in the eighth. Glen Casaceli drew a leadoff walk and Brett Auckland moved him to second with a sacrifice bunt. Cletis Avery wasted no time getting him home, delivering an RBI single on the second pitch to bring Casaceli around from second to give PC a 3-2 lead.
PC would tack on two more in the ninth inning. McLaughlin led off the inning with a single and Guy Casaceli came on to pinch run. Casaceli moved to second on a balk, before Guimbarda reached on an error on a sac bunt attempt to put runners on the corners with no outs. After a groundout made it second and third with one out, Weyenberg got a triple to center to clear the bases and give PC a 5-2 lead.
PC wouldn’t stop there, though, as two batters later, Auckland singled up the middle to plate Weyenberg and extend the advantage to 6-2. After loading the bases with back-to-back walks to Prialux and Avery, Richardson made it three-in-a-row to extend the lead to 7-2. Guy Casaceli then singled through the side to score another one and make it 8-2. Guimbarda kept it going, scoring two more with a double to push the lead to 10-2.
Pitchers of Record
PC reliever Will Smith (3-0) earned the win out of the bullpen, shutting the Lancers down over 1.2 innings of work as he did not allow a hit with one strikeout.
Longwood hurler Devin Gould (1-4) was tagged with the loss, allowing three runs (two earned) on two hits 1.1 innings of relief work.
Player of the Game
Tyler Weyenberg went 3-for-5 with a double, a triple and three RBIs out of the nine spot in the order for PC. It was the fourth three-hit game of the season for the senior and his third multi-RBI game. He provided a pair of insurance runs with a two-RBI triple in the ninth inning to make it a 5-2 game.
- Cletis Avery provided the go-ahead run in the eighth inning to give PC the lead at 3-2 at the time. It was the first hit of the weekend for the right-handed hitter after having hit safely in 11 straight games prior to the weekend.
- Jack McLaughlin hit his first career home run, a solo shot, to tie the game in the seventh inning. McLaughlin then singled in his second at-bat to go 2-for-2 in the PC victory.
- Hayden Deal turned in another solid start, allowing just two unearned runs on five hits in 6.1 innings of work with five strikeouts against four walks.
PC makes the short trip up to Greenville on Wednesday to take on Furman for the third and final time this season. First pitch is schedule for 6 p.m. at Latham Stadium.