CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College baseball team opened 2014 with a bang on Sunday afternoon, sweeping the Savannah State Tigers in a doubleheader at the PC Baseball Complex, 9-5 and 4-0.
PC opens the season at 2-0 and next travels to South Carolina for a 4 p.m. matchup against the Gamecocks in Columbia on Tuesday. Savannah State moves to 0-2.
Starting pitchers Beau Dees (Blenheim, S.C.) and Chandler Knox (Columbia, S.C.) each picked up a win on the day, with Knox throwing a seven-inning shutout in the second game and Dees allowing only four hits.
Designated hitter Cam McRae (Darlington, S.C.) went a combined 4-for-8 at the plate while leftfielder Brandon Martin (Gray Court, S.C.) went 3-for-6 with three RBI, matching third baseman Jacob Midkiff (Rock Hill, S.C.) with the team high in that category on the day.
PC 9, Savannah State 5 (Game One)
The Blue Hose used four runs in the third inning and three in the sixth to take a convincing win over the Tigers in the 2014 season opener.
Savannah State struck first with a run in the opening frame. An error put one aboard and rightfielder David Richards cashed in with an RBI double to put the Tigers ahead early, 1-0.
PC answered in the fourth by hanging four runs on starting pitcher Brandon Whitmore. A Nathan Chong (Duluth, Ga.) single put one about and two straight errors allowed Jay Lizanich (Greer, S.C.) and Brandon Paul (Augusta, Ga.) to come aboard and load the bases. Brad Zebedis (Rock Hill, S.C.) came to the plate with one out and used an infield single to score a pair and give the Blue Hose the lead. Martin followed one out later by lacing a single up the middle to put PC in front by three runs, 4-0.
PC added another run in the fourth as Linzanich drove in Chong on an RBI single to left field.
Beau Dees stayed in control throughout the afternoon, fanning six and issuing only one walk. The junior allowed only four hits in six innings and two of his three runs allowed stood as earned. Dees pitched three 1-2-3 innings as well.
Savannah State’s Mendez Elder and Payton Nix each picked up an RBI in the sixth to cut into the PC lead, but the Blue Hose responded in the bottom of the frame. Lizanich posted another RBI shortly before Midkiff ripped a pitch down the left field line to bring around Zebedis and Lizanich for an 8-3 PC lead after six innings.
Trey Hayes (Belton, S.C.) pitched a perfect seventh inning and Paul Sanders (St. Simons Island, Ga.) secured three outs in the eighth after the Tigers picked up two runs on reliever Ethan Wortkoetter (Greer, S.C.).
The eighth inning saw McRae single to score Paul and bring the score to its eventual final, 9-5. Redshirt freshman Aaron Lesiak (Greenville, S.C.) entered in the ninth and threw a perfect inning, striking out the last two batters for the win.
Savannah State...... 100 002 020 - 5 7 4 (0-1)
Presbyterian College 004 103 01X - 9 12 1 (1-0)
Pitchers: Savannah State - WHITMORE,Brandon; GLASS,Ethan(6); WALLACE,Bradon(8) and HOFFER,Aaron. Presbyterian College - DEES, Beau; HAYES, Trey(7); WORTKOETTER, Ethan(8); SANDERS, Paul(8); LESIAK, Aaron(9) and LONG, Derek.
Win-DEES, Beau(1-0) Loss-WHITMORE,Brandon(0-1) T-2:45 A-210
Weather: Mid-50s, clear and bright
WORTKOETTER faced 3 batters in the 8th.
PC 4, Savannah State 0 (Game Two)
Chandler Knox pitched a gem in the day’s second game to pick up a win. The senior struck out three but did not allow a walk, scattering seven hits over seven innings. His defense also backed him up, ended both the second and four innings with double plays.
The Blue Hose wasted little time getting on the scoreboard, jumping on starter Austin Denney and chasing the Tiger from the game after the first out. A leadoff double from Chong preceded a sac bunt from Lizanich. Denney then plunked Paul and Zebedis, loading the bases for Midkiff. The third baseman drew a walk to bring in a run, as did the next batter Martin, to make the score 2-0 in favor of PC. McRae then knocked a single through the left side to put PC ahead 3-0 and bring in new pitcher Austin Robinson.
In the second inning, PC turned a 6-4-3 double play where Lizanich flipped a ball to Billy Motroni (Goose Creek, S.C.), who fired a throw to Zebedis to end the inning and keep the Tigers scoreless.
Another stellar defensive play kept the visitors shut out in the fourth, as Zebedis snagged a hard-hit ball to first before stepping on the bag to end the inning.
PC scored the game’s final run in the bottom of the fourth. Catcher Derek Long (Alpharetta, Ga.) fired a rocket back at the pitcher for a leadoff single and stole second during the next at bat before taking third on an out. After a Chong walk, Lizanich laid down a sacrifice bunt to score Long and make it a 4-0 game.
From there, Knox and the PC defense would take care of business as the Blue Hose closed out the victory in seven innings.
Savannah State...... 000 000 0 - 0 7 1 (0-2)
Presbyterian College 300 100 X - 4 4 0 (2-0)
Pitchers: Savannah State - DENNEY,Austin; ROBINSON,Austin(1); RICKS,Eric(6) and
WOJTKOWICZ,Marcus. Presbyterian College - KNOX, Chandler and LONG, Derek.
Win-KNOX, Chandler(1-0) Loss-DENNEY,Austin(0-1) T-1:39 A-210
Weather: Mid-50s, clear and bright