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Baseball Sweeps NC Central with Two Doubleheader Wins

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DURHAM, N.C. – The Presbyterian College baseball team finished a series sweep of North Carolina Central on Sunday by taking both games of a doubleheader from the Eagles, 5-0 and 5-3.

PC improves to 4-4 overall and will take on Wofford on Wednesday night at McNair Field in Forest City, N.C.  First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. NC Central, who entered the series unbeaten, moves to 3-3.

The second game, scheduled for seven innings, saw the teams battle to a 10-inning affair that ended with a pair of RBI singles for PC.

Brandon Martin (Gray Court, S.C.) went 5-for-9 in the two games while Brad Zebedis (Rock Hill, N.C.) and freshman Ryan Hagan (Sugar Hill, Ga.) each chipped in three RBI on the day. Chandler Knox (Columbia, S.C.) and Tim Corbin (Murrells Inlet, S.C.) received the wins for their work on the mound.

PC 5, NC Central 0

The Blue Hose rolled to an opening win in the day’s first game, 5-0. Chandler Knox made the difference, shutting down the Eagles in eight innings by allowing only five hits and no runs. The junior struck out three and allowed only one walk before Chad Sanders (St. Simons Island, Ga.) entered for an inning of scoreless relief.

Martin turned out a 3-for-4 effort while Zebedis came through with three RBI.

PC put together runs in the second and third innings, beginning with Brandon Paul (Augusta, Ga.) crossing home plate after an Eagles infield error. The Blue Hose followed up in the third as Zebedis popped a fly deep to centerfield to drive home Nathan Chong (Duluth, Ga.) to put the visitors ahead by a pair.

The Blue Hose doubled their lead in the fifth. A Chong double and a Martin walk put two aboard to Zebedis, who brought home the pair on a base hit.

One final run in the seventh gave PC all the insurance it would need. With two away, Martin again kick-started the offense with a single and a stolen base. Zebedis cashed in with another single to send the sophomore home as the pitching continued to slam the door on the Eagles en route to the 5-0 victory.

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Presbyterian College 011 020 100  -  5  8  1      (3-4)
N.C. Central........ 000 000 000  -  0  5  3      (3-2)
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Pitchers: Presbyterian College - KNOX, Chandler; SANDERS, Chad(9) and ZEBEDIS, Brad.
N.C. Central - McNABB,T.; VERNON,A.(8) and WILLIAMSON,C.
Win-KNOX, Chandler(1-0)  Loss-McNABB,T.(1-1)  T-2:13  A-155
Weather: Sunny 55 degrees

PC 5, NC Central 3

Bud Jeter (Columbia, S.C.) put together his second straight impressive effort in the start. The junior followed up last weekend’s complete game with a seven-inning, three-run performance. Only one run counted as earned Jeter struck out six before Corbin entered with an equally sterling outing, pitching three perfect innings to get the win.

Four players tallied two hits apiece in game number two, led by Hagan’s two-for-three effort with a pair of RBI. Billy Motroni (Goose Creek, S.C.), Aaron Preston (Goose Creek, S.C.) and Paul each drove in one run.

Tied 3-3 after six innings, PC eventually took the win in the 10th. Zebedis singled to lead off the frame and Paul moved him over with a sacrifice bunt before he took third on a Preston groundout. Facing a two-out at bat, Robby Swab (Kernersville, N.C.) drew a walk and was replaced on the basepaths by Trey Hayes (Belton, S.C.).

Hagan came through with a single to right field that put the Blue Hose ahead and Motroni followed up with a single of his own to push PC’s lead to 5-3.

Corbin then shut down the Eagles in the bottom of the frame. The senior forced three straight groundouts to seal the win and complete the sweep.

PC went to work early, scoring a pair of runs on singles from Paul and Preston to jump on the Eagles.

The Blue Hose added a run in the fourth on three hits, scoring with a Hagan RBI sacrifice bunt. NC Central answered with three runs over the fifth and sixth to eventually set up PC’s 10th-inning heroics.

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Presbyterian College 200 100 000 2 -  5 11  1      (4-4)
N.C. Central........ 000 012 000 0 -  3  8  2      (3-3)
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Pitchers: Presbyterian College - JETER, Bud; CORBIN, Tim(8) and SWAB, Robby; LONG, Derek.
N.C. Central - FRYE,G.; GUARRERA,G.(7); RUSSELL,J.(9) and WILLIAMSON,C; HIATT,R..
Win-CORBIN, Tim(1-1)  Loss-RUSSELL,J.(0-1)  T-2:29  A-157
Weather: 60s Sunny

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