CLINTON, S.C. - Two Presbyterian College home runs and three Andrew Williams (Augusta, Ga.) RBI helped the Blue Hose hold off Wofford College on Tuesday afternoon, avenging an early season loss to the Terriers, 6-4.
PC improves to 14-7 with the win while Wofford falls to 11-10.
Nate Horton (Spartanburg, S.C.) and Tony Micklon (Sumter, S.C.) went deep for home runs in the victory. Both players led the team with two hits apiece. In addition to Williams’ three RBI, Horton added two of his own.
In a day that saw six PC pitchers put in work on the mound, lefthander Steven Richardson (Howe, Texas) started and secured his second win of the season to boost his record to 2-2. Chandler Knox (Columbia, S.C.) also picked up his second save of the year.
PC began the day with some trouble as Wofford took an early 1-0 lead on three hits in the first inning. Richardson responded with a scoreless second inning and the Blue Hose offense would help him out in the bottom of the frame.
Micklon led off with a double to left field to put one aboard. A Blue Hose pop-up brought up Horton, who earned a free pass to first by drawing a walk on a full count. Next batter Kyle Galloway (Mint Hill, N.C.) then sent a chopper to Wofford third baseman Josh McKinney, who couldn’t field the bouncing ball and PC loaded the bases.
One batter later, Williams stepped to the plate and brought all the runners home with a double to right field to give the home side a 3-1 lead. Williams attempted to stretch the double into a triple but fell victim to a throw from right field and the inning ended on the scoring play.
Stewart Curry (Rock Hill, S.C.) took the mound after Richardson in the top of the third and provided one of the most exciting moments of the day on defense. The Terriers put three runners on while picking up two outs to bring up shortshop Matt Moore. With the bases loaded, Curry pulled himself out of the jam by fooling a swinging Moore on strike three to leave the inning unscathed and keep the 3-1 lead intact.
The Blue Hose put two more runs on the scoreboard in the fourth inning, adding to their lead. Nate Chong (Duluth, Ga.) put himself in scoring position with a double to bring up Horton. Facing a 2-2 count, the senior catcher pulled the next pitch over the right field wall for his first home run of the year and a 5-1 PC advantage.
Wofford cut the deficit by two in the sixth, tagging Chad Sanders (St. Simons Island, Ga.) for three hits before the freshman forced a groundout to strand one Terrier and hold the lead.
Rodney Scruggs (Harlem, Ga.) escaped a tough situation in the seventh that could have left Wofford ahead. Down by two, the go-ahead run in catcher David Roney stood at the plate after a single and a walk. Ahead in the count 2-2, Scruggs struck out Roney swinging to keep the inning scoreless and hold a 5-3 lead.
The Terriers added another run in the eighth to climb within one but the Blue Hose got it back thanks to Micklon’s solo home run to left center, his sixth of the year.
Chandler Knox (Columbia, S.C.) entered the game in the eighth and provided a perfect relief outing, striking out two in an inning and a third of work to pick up save number two.
PC returns to action Friday in the team’s first Big South home series of 2011 when the Blue Hose host VMI in a three-game weekend series. The first pitch on Friday is slated for 3 p.m.