SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Presbyterian College baseball team put the go-ahead run in scoring position in the ninth inning but Pittsburgh held on for the 4-3 victory on Friday afternoon at Russell C. King Field in Spartanburg, S.C. PC drops to 2-5 on the year, while Pitt improves to 4-1 on the young season.
How It Happened
PC got on the board in the top of the first. Jonathan White drew a one-out walk, Nick Wise followed with a single up the middle and Jack McLaughlin walked to load the bases with one out. AJ Priaulx then singled through the right side to score White and give PC a 1-0 lead.
Pitt tied the game with a run in the second. Frank Maldonado led off the inning with a single to center. Nick Banman then doubled in to right center on a perfectly executed hit-and-run play to bring in Maldonado and make it a 1-1 game.
PC countered in the bottom half of the second with a solo home run by Jack McLaughlin, his first of the season, to retake the lead at 2-1.
Pitt tied it again with a run in the fourth. Maldonado singled to left and advanced to second on a wild pitch. After a pair of walks and a strikeout loaded the bases with one out, Connor Perry hit a sac fly to right to score Maldonado and even the score at 2-2.
The Panthers took their first lead of the game with two runs in the fifth. Alex Amos led off the inning with a single and two batters later David Yanni hit his first home run of the season with a drive to right to make it a 4-2 ballgame.
PC cut the lead to just one with a run in the eighth. The Blue Hose loaded the bases with a walk by Priaulx, a single by TJ Richardson and an error on fielder’s choice that allowed Thatcher Coleman to reach. After a strikeout, an RBI fielder’s choice by Andrew Bladt allowed Hunter Grover, who pinch ran for Priaulx, to score from third to make it a 4-3 game.
PC threatened in the ninth inning. White doubled to left to lead off the inning and Wise moved him to third with a groundout. McLaughlin was intentionally walked to put runners on the corners. PC attempted a safety squeeze but the pitcher was able to field the bunt and put out the runner at first, putting runners at second and third with two outs. Pitt’s Yaya Chentouf ended the game with a strikeout to preserve the 4-3 win for Pitt.
Pitchers of Record
Pitt's Dan Hammer (1-1) earned his first win of the season, tossing 5.0 innings and allowing two runs on six hits with three walks against four strikeouts.
PC hurler Eric Miles (1-1) suffered the loss, going 5.0 innings and allowing four runs on five hits with four strikeouts against three walks.
Pitt's Yaya Chentouf recorded his second save of the season, working the final 2.0 innings and allowing one hit and a walk against three strikeouts.
- Jack McLaughlin hit his first home run of the season with a solo homer in the third inning. McLaughlin went 1-for-3 with two walks, a run and an RBI in the contest.
- Nick Wise continued his hot hitting with a 2-for-4 day at the plate. It was his fourth multi-hit game in seven games this season.
- Colton Springs was excellent in relief, throwing 3.0 scoreless innings without allowing hit and getting two strikeouts against two walks.
PC returns to action on Saturday, taking on Xavier at Harley Park in Spartanburg, S.C. at noon.