CLINTON, S.C. - The Presbyterian College baseball team trailed by one run after five innings on Saturday to Coastal Carolina in the second game of its weekend series, but the Chanticleers pulled away to win, 15-3.
PC moves to 18-14 and 4-7 in Big South play, while Coastal improves to 20-11 and 6-2 in league action.
Andrew Williams (Augusta, Ga.) posted two hits on Saturday to extend his hitting streak to 12 games, the longest of any member of the Blue Hose this season. Gabe Grammer (Irmo, S.C.) also collected two hits in the game.
Ryan Burt (Cayce, S.C.) entered the game at first base midway through the game and proved productive at the plate, going deep to right field in the bottom of the ninth for his first home run of the season.
Tyler Hill (Goose Creek, S.C.) hit safely in his fourth consecutive game and drove in a run as well.
Coastal took a 3-0 lead through the first five innings by scoring solo runs in the second, third and fifth, but the Blue Hose responded in the bottom of the frame to claw back within one.
Brandon Paul (Augusta, Ga.) began the rally by singling through the left side before moving to second on a Grammer single up the middle. Nate Horton (Spartanburg, S.C.) then reached first as Coastal third baseman Scott Woodward’s throw pulled the first baseman off the bag and allowed the Blue Hose to load the bases.
Hill took advantage of the situation and brought Paul home on a fielder’s choice, making the score 3-1.
The next batter, John Wagner (Olney, Md.), sent a deep fly ball to centerfield that allowed Grammer to tag up as the Blue Hose pulled within one, 3-2.
Coastal Carolina scored eight runs in the sixth and four in the seventh before Burt went yard to score a run for the Blue Hose.
Starting pitcher Matt Rein earned the win for the Chanticleers while Bud Jeter (Columbia, S.C.) saw his record move to 4-3.
PC returns for the final game of the series tomorrow at 1 p.m.