CLINTON, S.C.- The tandem of Jesse Harmon and Mitchell Odom helped lead PresbyterianCollege to a 2-1 victory over visiting Marist (N.Y.) on Friday afternoon at the PC Baseball Complex.
With its second straight victory PC moves to 3-2 on the season, while the loss drops Marist to 0-4 overall.
Three Blue Hose hitters finished with multiple hits in the game, including Harmon (Newberry, S.C.), who was a perfect 3-for-3 with one RBI. Zac Rhinesmith (Acworth, Ga.) finished 2-for-4 with one RBI and William Bolchoz (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.) was 2-for-2 in the game from the plate.
Odom (Oconee, Ga.) controlled the mound for PC by allowing one run on six hits in six innings of work. Additionally, he struck out seven Red Fox batters, permitting just one walk in his first victory of the season. Reliever Zach Snipes (Belton, S.C.) picked up his second save of the year by striking out six batters and allowing just two hits in three innings on the hill.
Marist scored the game’s first run in the third inning after a two-out single to short put Richard Curylo on base. After stealing second, Curylo advanced home on a double to left by Brian McDonough for the 1-0 lead.
Senior Casey Carlson (Lexington, S.C.) led off the fourth inning for PC with a double into left centerfield for the team’s third hit. Steven Henry (Hoschton, Ga.) followed with a single to left field, putting runners on the corners. Two batters later Bolchoz walked to load the bases before Rhinesmith lifted a single into right field to plate Carlson for the game-tying run.
Then with Harmon up at the plate a single past the shortstop brought Henry home for the eventual game-winning RBI and a 2-1 PC lead.
The Blue Hose held Marist to just four hits over the final five innings to preserve the victory and to move over .500 for the first time as an NCAA Division I program.
PC and Marist will meet again at on Saturday, March 1 before ending their three-game set at on Sunday, March 2.