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CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College baseball team rebounded from a 5-4 loss to Coastal Carolina in the first game of its home Saturday doubleheader with a 5-3 win in game number two for the split at the PC Baseball Complex.

PC ends the day at 23-21 and 9-8 in the Big South while Coastal Carolina moves to 26-17 and 12-5. The two sides play the series finale on Saturday at noon.

Four Blue Hose posted three hits on the day in Robby Swab (Kernersville, N.C.), Aaron Preston (Goose Creek, S.C.), Brandon Paul (Augusta, Ga.) and Brad Zebedis (Rock Hill, S.C.). Chandler Knox (Columbia, S.C.) earned his second straight win on the mound in the second game and Brett Byrum (Rowlett, Texas) picked up his second save of the season.

The Chanticleers used a three-run eighth inning to rally for a 5-4 win in the first game before the Blue Hose packed five runs into two innings en route to a 5-3 win in the second game.

PC 5, Coastal Carolina 3 (Game Two)

Knox delivered a solid outing and the bullpen took it the rest of the way as PC held a lead for a 5-3 win in the second game.

The junior righthander threw 6.1 innings and allowed three runs—two earned—on six hits while striking out a pair. Chad Sanders (St. Simons Island, Ga.) and Michael Ricchi (McKinney, Texas) combined for 2.1 innings and Byrum secured the game’s final out for the save.

The Chanticleers drew first blood again, taking advantage of a wayward pickoff attempt to send a runner to third and eventually cash in on a sacrifice fly. Knox induced a groundout to keep the damage at the lone run and did not allow another score until the seventh.

PC manufactured three runs in the fifth inning with some clever plate tactics. Two straight bunt singles from Swab and Ryan Hagan (Sugar Hill, Ga.) allowed Billy Motroni (Goose Creek, S.C.) to lay down a sacrifice bunt of his own. The Chanticleers then walked Preston to load the bases for Brad Zebedis (Rock Hill, S.C.), who returned a 2-2 pitch right up the middle to bring around two and put PC in front.

With runners on the corners, Chanticleer catcher Josh Powell attempted to catch Swab leading off of first. The ensuing rundown attempt allowed Preston to start running home unnoticed and beat the throw for PC’s third run of the game, 3-1.

The Blue Hose followed with two more runs in the sixth. Paul led off with a triple to left field and Chong came through with his second RBI of the day, singling up the middle to send Paul 90 feet to home. A Swab single to right brought around Chong for a 5-1 PC lead after six.

The Chanticleers started to rally but a pitching change cooled down the comeback bid. A single, wild pitch and a walk preceded a throwing error that scored one and brought Sanders into the game. With runners on the corners, a Jacob May single scored one and cut PC’s lead to two, 5-3. Sanders then induced a pop fly and a groundout two batters later to strand two and keep PC’s edge intact.

Preston made a sliding catch for the inning’s first out, an example of PC’s strong defensive play that included two double plays in the first game.

Sanders threw a scoreless eighth and Ricchi entered the game to start the ninth. Coastal took two outs quickly but a single and walk brought Byrum into the contest. The freshman got Luke Willis to fly out to center and seal the win, 5-3.

PC outhit Coastal 9-8 in the game and Chanticleer starter Seth Lamando took the loss to move to 4-3.

Presbyterian College 5, Coastal Carolina 3 (Apr 26, 2013 at Clinton, S.C.) (Game 2)
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Coastal Carolina.... 010 000 200  -  3  8  0  (26-17, 12-5 BSC)
Presbyterian College 000 032 00X  -  5  9  2  (23-21, 9-8 BSC)
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Pitchers: Coastal Carolina - LAMANDO, Seth; CONNOLLY, Ryan(7) and POWELL, Josh.
Presbyterian College - KNOX, Chandler; SANDERS, Chad(7); RICCHI, Michael(9); BYRUM, Brett(9)
and SWAB, Robby; LONG, Derek.
Win-KNOX, Chandler(4-4)  Save-BYRUM, Brett(2)  Loss-LAMANDO, Seth(4-3)  T-2:35  A-163
Weather: Low 70s, bright and clear

Coastal Carolina 5, PC 4 (Game One)

The day’s first game saw both sides trade blows before PC miscues allowed the Chanticleers to edge the home team in the eighth. Beau Dees moved to 5-4 with the loss despite playing a solid game, allowing five runs—four earned—on six hits in 7.1 innings. The sophomore lefthander limited the Chanticleers to only one hit through the first six innings.

Coastal used a wild pitch to score its first run in the third inning, taking a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the frame.

The Blue Hose strung together four hits to take their first lead of the game in the third, 2-1. Billy Motroni (Goose Creek, S.C.) ripped a single to right before being caught at first during Lizanich’s next at-bat. Lizanich followed with a double to left center that set up an RBI single from Preston—one of his three hits in the game—that pulled PC even, 1-1.

Cam McRae (Darlington, S.C.) then drew a walk to bring up Paul. The rightfielder laced a single to right that plated Preston and put PC in front, 2-1. The Chanticleers caught McRae in a rundown on the play to end the inning and send the game into the fourth.

Motroni delivered an unassisted double play to end Coastal’s half of the fourth, grabbing a line drive and tagging the runner to keep PC’s lead at one.

Nate Chong (Duluth, Ga.) added another PC run in the bottom of the sixth, smacking a 3-2 pitch over the left field fence to extend the home side’s lead to 3-1. The home run marked his team-leading seventh of the season.

The Chanticleers took a run back in the seventh thanks in part to their second hit of the game, but Dees proved able to limit the damage and keep a 3-2 lead.

PC struck once again in the bottom of the seventh to take back its two-run advantage. Motroni drew a walk to bring in new pitcher Aaron Burke. A groundout moved Motroni to second base and brought up Preston, who drove an RBI single to right field and gave the Blue Hose a 4-2 lead heading into the eighth.

The Chanticleers’ bats heated up in the sixth. Two straight singles and a passed ball set up a Will Remillard RBI single that brought Ryan Morris (Jamestown, R.I.) in for Dees. A sacrifice fly secured the second out but brought in the tying run at 4-4. Another passed ball put a Remillard in scoring position for Jake Kane, who drove in the infielder for the go-ahead run.

Ricchi closed out the inning and pitched a scoreless ninth. PC put a runner on second base in the eighth and ninth innings but could not convert as the squad fell, 5-4.

Aaron Burke (3-2) picked up the win in relief and Patrick Corbett received his first save of the season.

Coastal Carolina 5, Presbyterian College 4 (Apr 26, 2013 at Clinton, S.C.) (Game 1)
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Coastal Carolina.... 001 000 130  -  5  8  1  (26-16, 12-4 BSC)
Presbyterian College 002 001 100  -  4 10  0  (22-21, 8-8 BSC)
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Pitchers: Coastal Carolina - SMITH, Ben; BURKE, Aaron(7); CORBETT, Patrick(8) and
REMILLARD, Will. Presbyterian College - DEES, Beau; MORRIS, Ryan(8); RICCHI, Michael(8) and
LONG, Derek; SWAB, Robby.
Win-BURKE, Aaron(3-2)  Save-CORBETT, Patrick(1)  Loss-DEES, Beau(5-4)  T-2:40  A-163
HR PC - CHONG, Nathan (7).
Weather: Low 70s, clear and bright

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