HIGH POINT, N.C. – The Presbyterian College baseball team kicked off Big South play with a bang on Friday afternoon, rolling to a 4-1 win over High Point for the squad’s eighth straight victory.
PC sees its record improve to 12-6 and 1-0 in the Big South while High Point falls to 12-7 and 0-1 in conference play.
Righthander Buck Mosteller (Woodruff, S.C.) ran his record to a perfect 3-0 with a dazzling complete game performance, allowing only one run and striking out two to earn the win.
On the offensive side, home runs from Brad Zebedis (Rock Hill, S.C.) and Tony Micklon (Sumter, S.C.) helped lift the Blue Hose over the Panthers.
High Point struck first as Mike Mercurio manufactured a run to give the Panthers an early lead. Mercurio singled before stealing second, then advanced on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch and High Point led, 1-0. Mosteller recovered from the errant throw by forcing a line out and notching his first strikeout two batters later to escape with no more damage.
Micklon answered quickly in the top of the second, sending a solo shot to left field to draw PC even, 1-1. The homer marked the junior’s fourth of the season.
Mosteller clamped down on the High Point offense from there, allowing only six more hits over the remaining eight innings.
The Blue Hose took advantage of their strong pitching by being productive at the plate. In the fourth, High Point pitcher Cody Allen hit Mack Hite (Abbeville, S.C.) with a pitch to send the senior to first base. Hite moved to second on a Gabe Grammer (Irmo, S.C.) single and scored two pitches later on second baseman Murray White’s committed a throwing error. The Blue Hose led, 2-1, the only advantage the team would need.
PC scored two more runs in the sixth to wrap the scoring. After a leadoff strikeout, Mack Hite drove a 1-2 pitch to right center for a single. Grammer moved Hite to second on a groundout before Zebedis got the green light on a 3-0 count and launched a ball over the left field wall for a 2-run homer, his team-leading sixth of the year. The Blue Hose led 4-1, a score they would hold for the win.
PC faces High Point in the second game of the three-game series on Saturday afternoon. The first pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.