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Baseball Rallies to Defeat High Point, 7-6

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CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College baseball team used an eighth-inning rally to knock off visiting High Point in a wet and wild Big South Conference clash on Saturday, 7-6.

PC improves to 7-4 on the year and 2-0 in the Big South while High Point falls to 5-5 overall and 0-2 in league action. The two sides meet for the series finale on Sunday at 1 p.m. The win marks PC’s sixth straight victory.

Down 6-5 to start the bottom of the eighth, PC tied the game on a throwing error and loaded the bases for Jay Lizanich (Greer, S.C.). Steady drizzle turned to sleet and the game stopped for 35 minutes until the weather passed. After the delay, Lizanich bunted the first pitch he saw down the third base line and scored Aaron Preston (Goose Creek, S.C.) to give PC a 7-6 lead.

The Blue Hose stranded three to end the eighth, but Tim Corbin (Murrells Inlet, S.C.) forced a groundout with the bases loaded in the ninth to seal his second win of the season. The redshirt senior pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Chandler Knox (Columbia, S.C.), who threw seven innings and allowed six runs.

Freshman Weston Jackson (Greer, S.C.) went 2-for-3 on the day while Brad Zebedis (Rock Hill, S.C.) went 1-for-1 thanks to two sacrifice flies and a hit-by-pitch. The junior catcher drove in a team-high two RBI. Nathan Chong (Duluth, Ga.) put together a 2-for-4 day and scored three runs.

High Point’s Josh Spano went 4-for-5 with an RBI. Jaime Schultz took the loss in three and one-third innings of relief.

PC went ahead early on a run in the first inning. High Point plunked Chong and the outfielder used a sacrifice bunt and some heads-up baserunning to reach third. Zebedis then brought Chong in on a deep sacrifice fly to right field.

High Point evened the score in the second on a double and two groundouts before scoring three runs in the third. The Panthers took advantage of five hits en route to a 4-1 lead heading into the bottom of the frame.

PC took two in the bottom of the third to narrow the gap to one. Chong led off with a single and took third on a Billy Motroni (Goose Creek, S.C.) single. A throwing error allowed Chong to score before Brandon Paul (Augusta, Ga.) cashed in to bring Motroni around.

The two sides swapped one run each in the fourth—PC’s coming on a Michael Trebendis (Fayetteville, Ga.) RBI single and High Point’s coming via error—before the Blue Hose tied the game in the fifth. Chong again came through at the leadoff position by doubling to left field and Zebedis eventually brought the outfielder in on another sacrifice fly.

High Point took its final lead in the top of the seventh when Josh Spano knocked a double deep to center field to plate Willie Medina. The Panthers then led, 6-5, until the fateful eighth inning put PC ahead for good.

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High Point.......... 013 100 100  -  6 14  3      (5-5, 0-2 BSC)
Presbyterian College 102 110 02X  -  7 11  1      (7-4, 2-0 BSC)
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Pitchers: High Point - TOWNSLEY, Sean; SCHULTZ, Jaime(5); GOODMAN, Joe(8) and SPANO, Josh.
Presbyterian College - KNOX, Chandler; CORBIN, Tim(8) and ZEBEDIS, Brad.
Win-CORBIN, Tim(2-1)  Loss-SCHULTZ, Jaime(0-2)  T-2:42  A-137
Weather: High 40s, clear and bright
TOWNSLEY, S. faced 1 batter in the 5th.

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