A two-RBI base hit by Nate Chong, as well as Jacob Midkiff, in a five-run seventh inning highlighted a Blue Hose comeback from a four-run deficit as the Presbyterian College baseball rallied to take the 6-5 win over UNC Asheville in the Big South opener for both teams this afternoon at the PC Baseball Complex.
PC improves to 8-9-1 overall and 1-0 in the league, while Asheville falls to 4-12, 0-1. The remaining games in the series, originally scheduled for 2 p.m., Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday, will be played Saturday beginning at 11 a.m., as a doubleheader. The change was made due to inclement weather forecast in the area Sunday. Both games will be streamed live on the Big South Network, presented by State Farm, at www.BigSouthSports.com.
Beau Dees went 7.0 innings, surrendering five runs off 10 hits, while striking out six for the win. He gave up just three hits and a walk in the first five innings of play to earn the win, moving to 4-1 on the year. Billy Motroni, who started the game at second base, took the mound in the eighth, going 1.1 inning, allowing no runs off no hits for his first save of the year.
Joe Zayats started for the Bulldogs, going 6.1 innings, surrendering four earned runs off five hits, while striking out four. Ethan Steible came in relief and gave up one run off two hits, with two strikeouts, for the loss (0-2).
UNC Asheville out-hit PC, 11-7, but had more errors, 3-0.
PC took an early 1-0 lead after Weston Jackosn, who went two-for-three on the day, knocked a double down the right field line. During the next at-bat, he would take third on a wild pitch and score the same play after the Asheville catcher missed his mark trying to throw Jackson out at third, allowing him to score the go-ahead run.
The Bulldogs rallied with a five-run sixth inning, sparked by the first three of four batters reaching base, including Kyle Towles, who led things off with a double to left field, one of his two hits on the day. Robert McIntosh earned his only RBI of the game with a single to bring in Towles. Phillip Treadway picked up another with a single to plate Tommy Houmard, who was on off a single, his second of the game. The final three runs came off the home run by Pete Guy, his third of the season and the Bulldogs suddenly held a 5-1 lead.
After a quiet sixth for the Blue Hose, Cam McRae led things off with a double down the left field line. Brandon Paul took a walk the next inning, with Jackson’s single loading the bases. Midkiff made his only hit of the day count, with a base hit through the right side bringing in two runs to cut the Asheville lead to two, 5-3.
With Steible in for the Bulldogs, Jackson stole third and immediately took home off a fielding error by Asheville to make it a 5-4 game. Chong, who came into pinch hit, knocked two-RBI single up the middle to give PC the 6-5 lead.
UNC Asheville made a game of it in the eighth, getting a runner to third off two wild pitches. PC defense prevailed with Eli Miller hitting a grounder to Jay Lizanich, who in turned fired a bullet to Derek Long at the plate to tag out the tying run. With Motroni pitching in the ninth, Asheville got a runner on second but was tagged out on a fielder’s choice the next at-bat. The final batter flew out to center to end the game with the Blue Hose on top 6-5.