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Blue Hose Baseball Sweeps NJIT with 4-3 Victory

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CLINTON, S.C. - The Presbyterian College baseball team completed its weekend sweep of the New Jersey Institute of Technology with a 4-3 win over the Highlanders on Sunday at the PC Baseball Complex.

PC improves to 8-10. NJIT moves to 4-5 on the year.

Billy Motroni (Goose Creek, S.C.) led the Blue Hose with two RBI on the day, the first multiple RBI game of the freshman's career. Nate Chong (Duluth, Ga.) went 2-for-3 and stole three bases.

Chad Sanders (St. Simons Island, Ga.) got the start for PC and earned the first win of his career. The sophomore went five and two-thirds innings, allowing only three runs (two earned) on four hits.

Gabe Grammer (Irmo, S.C.) picked up his fifth save of the season, setting a new Division I-era single season record. Grammer passes Chandler Knox's (Columbia, S.C.) 2011 mark of four.

In addition to his work at the plate, Motroni several impressive plays at shortstop and his most crucial play came in the top of the ninth with PC leading 4-3. NJIT put runners on the corners with one out, but Motroni fielded a sharply hit ball near second base, stepped on the bag and threw to first for the game-ending double play.

Bryan Bleakley went 2-for-3 for NJIT and picked up the team's lone RBI. Starting pitcher Mark Leiter went all eight innings, allowing four runs on 11 hits.

PC scored two runs in the first inning and one in the second and fourth while the Highlanders tallied a run in the first and two in the sixth.

NJIT manufactured a run to take an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. The Highlanders reached on a leadoff error and moved the runner to third, eventually capitalizing with a wild pitch go ahead.

PC answered in the bottom of the frame, beginning with a Grammer leadoff double. Motroni followed with a bunt single that moved Grammer to third and Micklon brought the senior in on a frozen rope that deflected off of third baseman Jeff Peterson's glove.

Kenny Bryant (Goose Creek, S.C.) followed by doubling down the right field line, scoring Motroni to give the Blue Hose a 2-1 lead after the opening inning.

Motroni extended PC's advantage to 3-1 in the third. The freshman lifted a fly ball deep enough to bring home Chong from third on a sacrifice fly.

In Chong's next at-bat in the fourth, the outfielder drew a leadoff walk and used a hit-and-run to get to third base on an Andrew Williams (Augusta, Ga.) single. Motroni came through with another sacrifice for a score, this time on a bunt that allowed Chong to cross home plate. PC led after the score, 4-1.

NJIT posted two runs in the sixth to narrow PC's lead. The Highlanders scored one on a wild pitch and used a Bryan Bleakley RBI single to pull within one, 4-3.

The Blue Hose threatened the bottom of the inning, loading the bases with two outs before a strikeout ended the frame with the bags full.

Buck Mosteller (Woodruff, S.C.) entered the game and shut the Highlanders down, giving up only one hit in two and one-third innings.

The Highlanders nearly scored the game's tying run in the ninth but Motroni's double play and Grammer's save capped the win.

PC returns to action on Wednesday when the team travels to Kennesaw State. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m.


Presbyterian College 4, NJIT 3 (Mar 11, 2012 at Clinton, S.C.)
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NJIT................ 100 002 000  -  3  7  0      (4-5)
Presbyterian College 210 100 00X  -  4 11  1      (8-10)
---------------------------------------------------------Pitchers: NJIT - LEITER, Mark and BLEAKLEY, Bryan. Presbyterian College - SANDERS, Chad;
MOSTELLER, Buck(6); GRAMMER, Gabe(9) and SWAB, Robby.
Win-SANDERS, Chad(1-1)  Save-GRAMMER, Gabe(5)  Loss-LEITER, Mark(2-1)  T-2:12  A-153
Weather: Mid-60s, clear skies

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