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Chong's Late-Inning Heroics Give PC Win Over UNC Asheville, 6-2

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CLINTON, S.C. - A three-run double from Nate Chong (Duluth, Ga.) in the bottom of the eighth inning broke a 2-2 tie and lifted the Presbyterian College baseball team to a win over visiting UNC Asheville on Sunday, 6-2.

The result clinched the series for PC as the Blue Hose improve to 12-18 on the year and 2-7 in Big South Conference play. UNC Asheville falls to 13-16 overall and 4-5 in league action. The series win marks the first for PC since a season-ending sweep of the Bulldogs last year.

Chong went 2-for-5 on the day with two doubles and led all players with three RBI. Brandon Paul (Augusta, Ga.) smacked two-run home run to left field in the fourth inning as well.

Buck Mosteller (Woodruff, S.C.) earned a win in relief, his first of the season. The redshirt senior threw one and one-third innings of relief, giving up one hit in a scoreless appearance. Starting lefthander Beau Dees (Blenheim, S.C.) provided a stellar effort, giving up two runs-one-earned-and five hits in six and two-thirds innings.

Hunter Bryant led Asheville with a 2-for-4, two-RBI effort. Brian Connolly received the loss in relief.

Paul's home run tied the game in the fourth and Chong's double put the Blue Hose ahead for good.

Asheville stranded two runners in the second before cashing in in the third. An error put Andrew Kirkland on and a walk put two aboard for Hunter Bryant, who hit a two-run single to give the Bulldogs a lead, 2-0.

PC struck in the next inning as Kenny Bryant (Goose Creek, S.C.) led off with a single and Paul pulled his second home run of the season over the left field fence to even the score at 2-2.

The Blue Hose loaded the bases in the sixth with nobody out, but a pitching change stymied PC's offense. A strikeout, a putout at home and a flyout ended the inning with the score tied.

The home side would get its chance again, loading the bases in the eighth. PC filled the bags with one out and Asheville sent Evan Joura to the mound to face Chong at the plate. Chong took three pitches before ripping a double down the left field line and the redshirt sophomore advanced to third on a throw home.

Billy Motroni (Goose Creek, S.C.) then lifted a fly ball to right field that fell deep enough to score Chong on the tag and PC led by its eventual final margin, 6-2.

Gabe Grammer (Irmo, S.C.) entered the game to close in the ninth inning in a non-save situation. The senior plunked the first batter he saw, but PC's third double play of the game cleared the bases to set up a game-ending lineout.

The Blue Hose return to action on Thursday for a three-game non-conference series at UNC Greensboro. The first pitch on Thursday is slated for 6 p.m.


Presbyterian College 6, UNC Asheville 2 (Apr 01, 2012 at Clinton, S.C.)
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UNC Asheville....... 002 000 000  -  2  6  1  (13-16, 4-5 BSC)
Presbyterian College 000 200 04X  -  6 10  1  (12-18, 2-7 BSC)
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Pitchers: UNC Asheville - SPEAR, Drew; CONNOLLY, Brian(6); SCHAVONE, Nick(8); JOURA, Evan(8);
TABAR, Dillon(8) and GRAHAM, Ian. Presbyterian College - DEES, Beau; MOSTELLER, Buck(7);
GRAMMER, Gabe(9) and SWAB, Robby.
Win-MOSTELLER, Buck(1-1)  Loss-CONNOLLY, Brian(2-3)  T-2:30  A-224
HR PC - PAUL, Brandon (2).
Weather: Low-80s, wind from WSW @ 5 mph
SPEAR, D. faced 3 batters in the 6th.
SCHAVONE, N. faced 1 batter in the 8th.
JOURA, E. faced 1 batter in the 8th.

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