CLINTON, S.C. – In the 99th meeting ever between the two schools, PresbyterianCollege defeated the Wofford Terriers 8-7 on Tuesday afternoon at King Field.
The game was the first between the two former rivals since 1995. The Blue Hose, who took two of three from Wofford in 1995, have now won three straight over the Terriers.
PC improved to 7-13 overall with the win over Wofford on Tuesday. Wofford fell to 15-8 on the year with the loss to the Blue Hose.
Steven Henry (Hoschton, Ga.) led the Blue Hose against Wofford, collecting a team-high tying two hits and pitching PC to the win. Henry was 2-for-5 from the dish, picking up two RBIs.
Henry pitched the final two and two-thirds to tally the win from the hill in relief of Blue Hose starter Ben Dollar (Gaffney, S.C.). In only his second appearance on the mound in 2008 Henry improved to a perfect 2-0. Henry struck out one Wofford batter.
Cory Lyda (Simpsonville, S.C.) had two hits in the win over Wofford, going 2-for-5 with two runs scored. Freshman Nate Horton (Spartanburg, S.C.) was 2-for-3 with one run scored. Horton’s two hits ended his day with him having hit for multiple hits in a team-best nine games in the 2008 season.
Robbie Anders (Greenville, S.C.) had only one hit in the game, but it was a big one. With the score 6-6 in the top of the eighth inning, Anders propelled PC into the lead for good in the game when he hit a home run to left center off Wofford reliever John Cornely to give PC the lead at 8-6. The home run was the first of the year for the sophomore, who now has two career home runs.
The Terriers would plate one finalrun in the bottom of the eighth, but PC’s Jesse Harmon, who started the game in right field, closed out the game on the hill by striking out two of Wofford’s three batters in the final frame to give PC the 8-7 win. The save was the first of the year for Harmon.
Wofford scored the first two runs of the game in the bottom of the second inning. PC took the lead for the first time in the top half of the third inning. William Bolchoz (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.) kicked off the offense for PC on the day when he hit his third home run of the year to left centerfield to cut the Wofford lead in half at 2-1.
PC then took the lead at 3-2 shortly thereafter when Lyda and Zac Rhinesmith (Acworth, Ga.) scored unearned runs on an error by the Wofford third baseman. Wofford took the lead back in the bottom of the third with two runs at 4-3.
The Blue Hose two innings later in the top of the fifth would net another three-run inning to take the lead back at 6-4. Kyle Craven (Savannah, Ga.) first sacrificed in Rhinesmith to square the game at 4-4.
Henry then doubled down the left field line to score Horton and Lyda and place PC ahead by the score of 6-4.
The Terriers would score two more in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at 6-6.
The Blue Hose travel again to Spartanburg, S.C. on Wednesday to face off against former NCAA Division II and current NCAA Division I rival USC Upstate at on Wednesday, March 26. The two teams will then play in Clinton at on Thursday, March 27.