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PC Baseball Rallies to Topple Wofford in Home Opener, 8-5

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CLINTON, S.C. - The Presbyterian College baseball team used four runs in the sixth inning and three runs in the eighth to rally from an early 5-0 deficit against the Wofford Terriers and earn its first win of the season, 8-5.

PC moves to 1-8 on the year by snapping an eight-game opening skid. Wofford falls to 3-4.

Tony Micklon (Sumter, S.C.) posted three RBI for PC and seven different Blue Hose hit safely on the day.

Ryan Morris (Jamestown, R.I.) picked up his first career win with one inning of relief in the seventh. Gabe Grammer (Irmo, S.C.) earned the save, his first since 2009.

Mac Doyle led Wofford offensively, going 4-for-5 on the day with four RBI.

Wofford jumped on PC early, beginning the game with a leadoff triple before converting with an RBI double. An error helped the visitors put two on the board to take a lead, 2-0. Wofford loaded the bases after Tyler Rozier walked but the rally ended there, after starting pitcher Chad White (Suwanee, Ga.) ended the inning by forcing a swinging strikeout.

The Terriers extended their lead in the second. A pair of singles from James Foster and Clark Wise set up Doyle, who hit a home run to left field that put Wofford up after two, 5-0.

White settled in after the second, giving up three hits and zero runs over the next three innings.

Wofford nearly scored one in the third, but right fielder Matt Peden (Fountain Inn, S.C.) gunned down a runner at home to keep the deficit at five.

PC began its comeback bid in the fourth. Andrew Williams (Augusta, Ga.) singled with one out and took second on a wild pitch. Micklon brought Williams home one batter later by singling through the left side and putting the Blue Hose on the board, 5-1.

Buck Mosteller (Woodruff, S.C.) took the mound in the sixth and made quick work of the Terriers to set up PC's success in the bottom of the frame. Grammer reached first on a throwing error before moving to second on a Williams single. Another error on another throw to first put Jay Lizanich (Greer, S.C.) aboard and allowed Grammer to score.

With runners at second and third, Micklon took a pitch to centerfield that brought around Williams and Lizanch to cut the Wofford deficit to just one. Kenny Bryant (Goose Creek, S.C.) moved Micklon to second with a sacrifice bunt and Peden tied up the ballgame with a single, giving the freshman his first collegiate RBI.

The game stood tied after six, 5-5. After another scoreless inning from Mosteller, Morris took over pitching duties in the eighth. The junior silenced the Terrier bats to keep the game even.

PC made the most of three hits in the eighth, scoring three runs from Blue Hose newcomers to give the home side enough for the eventual win. Micklon reached first on a wild pitch despite striking out and a Bryant sacrifice bunt sent Micklon to second. Freshman Cam McRae (Darlington, S.C.) gave PC its first run, singling to left to score Micklon and put PC ahead, 6-5.

Robby Swab (Kemersville, N.C.) entered the game as a pinch hitter and came through at the plate. Swab knocked a double to deep right, bringing McRae around to score. Brandon Martin (Gray Court, S.C.) pinch ran for Swab and took third with a Nate Chong (Duluth, Ga.) single, his first hit of the season. Billy Motroni (Goose Creek, S.C.) capped the three-run PC performance by hitting a sacrifice fly to right and giving PC an 8-5 lead.

Grammer left centerfield and took the mound as closer. The senior forced two groundouts and bounced back from a Doyle single with a flyout to left, clinching the save and sealing the win.

PC hits the road this weekend for three games at Davidson, N.C. PC takes on Ohio on Saturday at noon and Sunday at 10 a.m. before facing the host school Davidson on Sunday at 2 p.m.

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