CLINTON, S.C.- Jared Combs was one of four PresbyterianCollege hitters with two hits in PC’s 7-6 victory over Marist (N.Y.) College on Sunday afternoon at the PC Baseball Complex.
PC took two of three games in the weekend series to move to 4-3 overall. Meanwhile, the Red Foxes fell to 1-5 on the season with the loss.
The series victory for PC gives the Blue Hose their first series as an NCAA Division I program.
Combs (Pooler, Ga.) led the team with two RBIs, while hitting 2-for-2 from the plate. He also finished as the lone PC hitter with an extra base hit in the contest.
Zac Rhinesmith (Acworth, Ga.) finished 2-for-5 with two runs, while Kyle Craven (Savannah, Ga.), was 2-for-4 from the plate. He scored one run.
Casey Carlson (Lexington, S.C.) was 2-for-4 with one RBI.
PC’s Joe Hammond (Lilburn, Ga.) took over for starting pitcher Daniel Hill (Matthews, N.C.) to earn the victory. Hammond allowed one run on three hits, two walks while striking out two Marist batters in 3.1 innings on the mound. Zach Snipes (Belton, S.C.) completed the final 2.2 innings for the Blue Hose, earning his third save of the season. Snipes held the Red Foxes hitless.
The Red Foxes put together a 5-2 lead heading into the fourth inning.
PC closed the gap in the bottom of the fourth that started with a Combs double down the left field line that moved Nate Horton (Spartanburg, S.C.) into third base. William Bolchoz (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.) followed with a single to third base for the third PC run of the game. Robbie Anders (Greenville, S.C.) pulled PC within one run on the next at-bat, scoring Combs from third and cut the Marist lead to 5-4.
Back-to-back singles in the fifth inning by Rhinesmith and Craven forced the Red Foxes to turn to their bullpen and reliever Jacob Wiley. With two outs and runners in scoring position, Horton reached on an error to plate Craven and Rhinesmith for the 6-5 lead. Combs completed the inning with a single to left center, scoring Horton for the seventh run of the game.
Marist managed one run in the top of the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly by Brian McDonough.
The Blue Hose now take to the road for the next eight games, beginning with a two-game set against the University of North Florida that starts at on March 4.