The Blue Hose scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to break open a 2-2 tie as the Presbyterian College baseball team took the 6-3 win over Charleston Southern in the series finale this afternoon at the PC Baseball Complex.
PC took the series win over CSU and improved to 18-22 overall and 6-9 in the Big South. The Bucs fell to 16-27, 7-8.
CSU struck first with a run in the second inning after Robbie Streett led off with a double down the left field line and scored two batters later off a RBI single by Harrison Wilkins.
With one out in the bottom of the second, Nate Chong hit a single to right and, after advancing to second on a wild pitch, scored when Gabe Grammer tripled to right. Brandon Paul plated Grammer the next at-bat with a single up the middle as PC took the 2-1 lead.
CSU tied the game in the top of the sixth when Streett scored from first off a double by Wilkins with two outs. Wilkins attempted to stretch it to a double and was tagged out to end the inning.
The Bucs threatened in the top of the seventh with runners on second and third with two outs. Chase Shelton hit a line drive that looked to sail over the second baseman but Andrew Williams made a spectacular leaping catch to save at least two runs and end the inning.
With one out in the bottom of the seventh Charleston Southern walked Williams. Billy Motroni singled the next at bat and after Brad Zebedis was intentionally walked the Blue Hose found the bases loaded. With Kenny Bryant at the plate CSU threw a wild pitch that brought in Williams. On the play, the catcher threw wide to the pitcher covering home, allowing Motroni to score as well.
Bryant struck out but Chong singled to left center the next at-bat to bring in the third run of the inning. Robby Swab's single up the middle drove in PC's fourth and final run to make it 6-2 in favor of the Blue Hose.
CSU would score in the top of the eighth when Walt Quattlebaum came home off a wild pitch.
Grammer, who came into pitch in the eighth inning, struck out three of four batters in the top of the ninth to hold down CSU and give PC its 18th win of the season.
Starter Patrick Dolan went 6.1 innings in the loss (3-4) and gave up five earned runs off seven hits. Beau Dees (3-5) went 7.0 innings with three strikeouts in his winning effort. He surrendered two earned runs off nine hits.
PC recorded 10 hits and one error in the game, compared to CSU which had 11 hits and one error.
Chong and Grammer led PC offensively, both going two-for-four with one RBI each. Wilkins led CSU with a two-for-two effort with two RBI.
PC is next in action at home Wednesday, April 25 at 3 p.m. against Furman.