CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College baseball team rallied from a 10-4 eighth-inning deficit against visiting Wofford—scoring four runs in the ninth—to upend the Terriers in 10 innings on Monday afternoon at the PC Baseball Complex, 11-10.
PC (16-30-1) scored two runs in the eighth inning, four in the ninth and one in the 10th to take the victory over Wofford (25-24). Down 10-4 in the eighth, Cam McRae (Darlington, S.C.) and Brandon Paul (Augusta, Ga.) delivered singles for Glen Casaceli (Jupiter, Fla.), who hit a run-scoring double down the right field line. Billy Motroni (Goose Creek, S.C.) then plated Paul with a sacrifice fly to left center to pull within four, 10-6.
Wofford sent in career saves leader Eric Eck to close out the ninth. The Blue Hose tagged Eck for three runs in the ninth just two weeks ago en route to winning in the 10th, 5-4. The Terrier ran into trouble again after securing the first out. Weston Jackson (Greer, S.C.) reached first on an error and took second on a wild pitch. Singles from Brad Zebedis (Rock Hill, S.C.) and McRae loaded the bases for Paul, who smacked the first pitch he saw to left field for a two-run double.
Now trailing by two, Casaceli popped the very next pitch to right field to score Paul and McRae and send the game into extra innings, 10-10.
Freshman reliever Robert Moss (Jupiter, Fla.) had already pitched 1.2 innings heading into the 10th and he blanked the Terriers there too, forcing three flyouts to go into the bottom of the frame.
Tyler Weyenberg (Marietta, Ga.) reached first on a third strike wild pitch and moved over on a perfect Nate Chong (Duluth, Ga.) sacrifice bunt. Weyenberg tagged up on a pop fly to take third. An intentional walk and hit-by-pitch loaded the bases for Paul again. The senior, facing a 2-2 count with two outs, hit a pitch to third base and infielder Eric Brenk couldn’t handle the bal, scoring Weyenberg on the walk-off play.
Moss earned the first win of his career to improve to 1-0. Eck received the loss to move to 1-3. Paul and Casaceli each posted three RBI apiece while McRae and Zebedis each tallied three hits.
PC struck quickly for a pair of runs in the opening inning. Two straight singles from Jay Lizanich (Greer, S.C.) and Jackson brought up Zebedis, who laced an RBI single to put PC in front, 1-0. Another single from McRae up the middle doubled the lead, 2-0.
Wofford answered in the top of the second, using a Demetrius Jennings RBI double and a Kody Ruedisili sacrifice fly to pull even, 2-2.
Wofford took the lead in the third as Seth Neely hit a leadoff home run to go ahead, 3-2. The Terriers tallied a double and a walk to put two runners on and two consecutive double steals—including home plate—made it a 4-2 game.
The Blue Hose wasted little time in responding. Lizanich drew a leadoff walk and Zebedis ripped a double down the left field line, scoring Lizanich from first to halve Wofford’s lead after three innings, 4-3.
In the top of the fifth, Wofford’s Josh Hyman hit a two-run shot that leftfielder Weston Jackson nearly hauled in to extend the visitors’ lead, 6-3.
The Blue Hose grabbed a run back in the bottom of the fifth. Two straight walks from Jackson and Zebedis brought up McRae, who took a pitch off of the elbow to load the bases. Brandon Paul (Augusta, Ga.) then lifted a pop fly to left center that scored Jackson for a 6-3 score.
Wofford placed a runner on third with nobody out in the top of the seventh thanks to two errors, but the Blue Hose escaped the jam with three straight pop flies.
The Terriers scored four in the eighth—two on a James Plaisted home run—to take a 10-4 lead and set up PC’s dramatic comeback.
Bennett Nalley (Greenville, S.C.) pitched two scoreless innings for the Blue Hose. PC next plays at NC Central on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Wofford............. 022 020 040 0 - 10 11 2 (25-24)
Presbyterian College 201 010 024 1 - 11 13 2 (16-30-1)
Pitchers: Wofford - Connell Anderson; Spencer Kulman(5); Elliot Lance(5); Will Stillman(8);
Eric Eck(9) and Matt Ramsay; Luke Feisal. Presbyterian College - KEHNER, Brian;
TREBENDIS, Michael(3); NALLEY, Bennett(6); SANDERS, Paul(8); MOSS, Robert(8) and LONG, Derek;
Win-MOSS, Robert(1-0) Loss-Eric Eck(1-3) T-3:25 A-88
HR WOF - Seth Neely (8); James Plaisted (7); Josh Hyman (5).
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