Baseball Rolls to 9-5 Win Over Gardner-Webb on Senior Day
CLINTON, S.C. - The Presbyterian College baseball team sent off its seniors in style on Saturday, rolling past Gardner-Webb on Senior Day with a 9-5 victory.
PC improves to 22-28 on the year and 9-11 in Big South Conference play, tying last season's conference win total as its most in Division I. Gardner-Webb falls to 27-24 and 9-11 in league action. The result also gives PC its fourth Big South series this season and its first over Gardner-Webb since moving to Division I in 2007-08.
Seniors Tyler Hill (Goose Creek, S.C.) and Gabe Grammer (Irmo, S.C.) each picked up two hits on the day, as did Nate Chong (Duluth, Ga.) and Brad Zebedis (Rock Hill, S.C.). Grammer, Zebedis and Chong also knocked out solo home runs.
Chandler Knox (Columbia, S.C.) earned his third straight win and fifth on the year, allowing three runs-two earned-on six hits in six innings of work. The sophomore allowed all three runs in the first two innings before shutting out the Runnin' Bulldogs in the rest of his outing.
Senior Steven Richardson (Howe, Texas) made his first appearance since February 19, picking up the save with three innings of two-run, three-hit ball.
Gardner-Webb's Ryan Hodge went 2-for-4 on the day and Matt Fraudin took the loss after pitching two innings and giving up five runs.
The Blue Hose scored eight runs in the first four innings en route to the win.
Gardner-Webb struck first quickly, using a double and an error to set up a Ryan Hodge groundout RBI in the game's second at-bat.
The Blue Hose answered in the bottom of the frame, with back-to-back home runs from Grammer and Zebedis to give PC a 2-1 lead.
Gardner-Webb scored twice in the top of the second to go ahead, 3-2. Dusty Quattlebaum hit a leadoff home run and the visitors took advantage of two more hits and error to tack on an unearned run.
PC tied the game in the second on a Grammer RBI groundout before exploding for four runs in the third. Chong, Hill and Andrew Williams (Augusta, Ga.) each drove in a run while Chong cashed in on a wild pitch as the Blue Hose grabbed a 7-3 lead it would not relinquish.
In the fourth inning, Zebedis led off with a 2-0 double to left field and came home on a Kenny Bryant (Goose Creek, S.C.) single through the right side to give the Blue Hose an 8-3 advantage.
Gardner-Webb scored a run on a Scott Coleman RBI double in the seventh, but PC took the run back with Chong's fourth home run of the season to make the score 9-4.
The visitors appeared to begin a comeback bid in the ninth when John Harris looped a run-scoring double to left center, but Richardson secured the save and the PC victory, 9-5.
Seniors John Wagner (Olney, Md.) and Ryan Burt (Cayce, S.C.) also started in Saturday's game. Prior to the game, the Blue Hose honored seniors and departing players Richardson, Bryant, Williams, Hill, Grammer, Wagner, Burt, Buck Mosteller (Woodruff, S.C.), Stewart Curry (Rock Hill, S.C.), Nick Ferguson (Lancaster, S.C.), Tony Micklon (Sumter, S.C.), Jordan Pace (Charleston, S.C.) and Matt Nodelman (Columbia, S.C.).
The two sides meet in the series finale and PC's final home game of 2012 on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Presbyterian College 9, Gardner-Webb 5 (May 12, 2012 at Clinton, S.C.)
Gardner-Webb........ 120 000 101 - 5 9 2 (27-24, 9-11 BSC)
Presbyterian College 214 100 10X - 9 12 3 (22-28, 9-11 BSC)
Pitchers: Gardner-Webb - FRAUDIN, Matt; SCARBOROUGH, Conner(3) and HARRIS, John.
Presbyterian College - KNOX, Chandler; RICHARDSON, Steven(7) and ZEBEDIS, Brad.
Win-KNOX, Chandler(5-2) Save-RICHARDSON, Steven(1) Loss-FRAUDIN, Matt(1-5) T-2:19 A-227
HR GWU - QUATTLEBAUM, Dusty.
HR PC - GRAMMER, Gabe; ZEBEDIS, Brad; CHONG, Nathan.
Weather: Overcast but warm
FRAUDIN, M. faced 2 batters in the 3rd.