CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College baseball team evened up a three-run deficit in the ninth inning before Jay Lizanich (Greer, S.C.) hit a walkoff single in the 10th to win its Wednesday game against the Wofford Terriers at the PC Baseball Complex, 5-4.
PC improves to 13-26-1 overall and will next head to Longwood for a three-game series that begins on Friday at 6 p.m. Wofford falls to 21-20.
Down 4-1 in the bottom of the ninth, Wofford sent out school career saves leader Eric Eck to face the Blue Hose. Cam McRae (Darlington, S.C.) laced a leadoff single up the middle before Brandon Paul (Augusta, Ga.) singled as well. Weston Jackson then ripped a hit of his own through the left side to score pinch runner Robert Moss (Jupiter, Fla.) to make it a 4-2 ballgame.
A four-pitch walk loaded the bases for Brandon Martin (Gray Court, S.C.) and a wild pitch brought home Paul to pull PC within one, 4-3. Paul then hit a ground ball to third that scored Jackson and sent the game into extra innings, 4-4.
In the top of the 10th, Wofford loaded the bases with one out on reliever Michael Trebendis (Fayetteville, Ga.). The sophomore snuffed out the Terrier offense, however, inducing an infield fly before striking out Wofford slugger Eric Brenk for the third out.
Paul singled to lead off the 10th and took third on a Nate Chong (Duluth, Ga.) base hit with two outs. The play brought up Lizanich, who blooped a 1-0 pitch to shallow left field that won the game for PC, 5-4.
Trebendis earned his first career win to improve to 1-0, while Eck moved to 0-2.
Paul led PC with a 3-for-5 day at the plate and two runs. Four Blue Hose posted an RBI on the day as well. Brenk and Josh Hyman each posted three hits, with Brenk tallying two RBI on a home run.
Wofford took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third, using a walk and a Brenk home run to left field to break the scoreless tie.
PC put two aboard with one away in the fourth on an error and a Paul single, but a 6-3 double play ended the frame.
In the fifth, Chong drew a leadoff walk before reaching third on a Lizanich sacrifice bunt and a groundout. A controversial out at first base ended the inning, however, with Wofford still ahead, 2-0.
An error tacked on another base to a leadoff double as Wofford began the sixth in prime position. The Terriers converted on a sacrifice fly before another double, a walk and a wild pitch gave the visitors another run for a 4-0 lead through five.
The Blue Hose found the scoreboard in the bottom of the frame. Billy Motroni (Goose Creek, S.C.) drew a full-count leadoff walk to bring up Brad Zebedis (Rock Hill, S.C.), who powered the first pitch he saw to deep left center. The hit proved enough to score Motroni from first and cut into the Wofford lead, 4-1.
Wofford loaded the bases in the top of the eighth but a clutch Ethan Wortkoetter (Greer, S.C.) strikeout—one of his three in the inning—slammed the door on Wofford. The Terriers also put a runner at third early in the ninth but Trebendis got out of the jam unscathed.
The Terriers nearly scored a run in the ninth, but the rightfielder Paul gunned down Brenk at home for the inning’s final out.
Paul Sanders (St. Simons Island, Ga.) pitched 1.1 scoreless innings to start the game. Brian Kehner (Marietta, Ga.), Hayden Deal (Newton, N.C.), Wortkoetter and Trebendis each threw at least one scoreless frame.
Wofford............. 002 002 000 0 - 4 7 1 (21-20)
Presbyterian College 000 001 003 1 - 5 10 2 (13-26-1)
Pitchers: Wofford - Connell Anderson; Jacob Condra-Bogan(7); Will Stillman(8); Eric Eck(9) and
Matt Ramsay; Luke Feisal. Presbyterian College - SANDERS, Paul; HAYES, Trey(2);
KEHNER, Brian(5); NALLEY, Bennett(6); DEAL, Hayden(6); WORTKOETTER, Ethan(7);
TREBENDIS, Michael(9) and LONG, Derek; PAUL, Brandon.
Win-TREBENDIS, Michael Loss-Eric Eck(0-2) T-3:01 A-178
HR WOF - Eric Brenk (3).
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