The Presbyterian College Blue Hose rallied from a one-run deficit with five runs in the eighth and held off Navy for the 10-7 win in baseball action this afternoon in front of 436 fans at the PC Baseball Complex in Clinton, S.C.
With the win the Blue Hose swept the Midshipmen and are 3-0 to start the season for the first time in Division I history. Navy opened the season 0-3.
Presbyterian spotted five runs early in the game, highlighted by a two-RBI single in the third inning from Tyler Hill (Goose Creek, S.C.), and led 5-1 heading into the top of the eight after Navy scored a run in the seventh.
The Midshipmen took their first lead, 6-5, of the series with five runs in the eighth. After putting runners at second and third, Andrew Hahn hit a triple to left field, driving in two runs, and scored after Alex Azor knocked a double to right center and scored on a wild pitch, while Jeff Bland came in on a Jonathan Wright single to give Navy the lead.
Gabe Grammer (Abbeville, S.C.) started the eighth with a double and after Andrew Williams (Augusta, Ga.) walked, Brad Zebedis (Rock Hill, S.C.) bunted everyone over, loading the bases with nobody out. Grammer scored on a wild pitch and Williams scored off a fielder's choice as the Blue Hose retook the lead 7-6. PC added insurance runs after Kenny Bryant (Goose Creek, S.C.) doubled in Aaron Killingsworth (Atlanta, Ga.) and Mack Hite (Denver, N.C.) sacrificed in Tony Micklon (Sumter, S.C.). Bryant gave PC its final run of the game, coming home off a John Wagner (Olney, Md.) single, and PC led 10-6 heading into the ninth.
Navy threatened in the ninth with a run but could get no closer, falling 10-7 to the Blue Hose.
Leading the Blue Hose was Hill, who went three-for-four with three RBI. Bryant was two-for-four with two RBI. Navy was led by Azor with his two-for-five effort.
Jordan Pace (Charleston, S.C.) threw 7.0 innings and had nine srtikeouts, giving up just one run on four hits, for PC. Drew Wingo )Simpsonville, S.C.) picked up the win with Chandler Knox (Columbia, S.C.) came in relief in the ninth inning to grab the save. Jordan Heller took the loss for the Midshipmen, giving up five runs off three hits.
PC will look to make it four in a row with a 3 p.m. game against Davidson Tuesday, Feb. 22 at the PC Baseball Complex.