CLINTON, S.C. – Junior lefty Brian Kehner tossed 7.0 scoreless innings to record his second win in as many starts to lead Presbyterian over Towson, 6-2, on Saturday afternoon at the PC Baseball Complex in Clinton, S.C. PC (3-2) takes the series and will go for the sweep in the finale on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.
Kehner picked up where he left off in his last outing, allowing just four hits with five strikeouts against no walks to go to 2-0 on the season. He has now allowed just one run in 12.1 innings pitched this season for a 0.73 ERA. Austin Clark (0-2) suffered the loss, allowing five runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings pitched.
Peter Johnson recorded his third straight multi-hit game with his first three-hit performance of the season. The senior first baseman hit his first home run of the season, while scoring two runs and driving in two on a flawless 3-for-3 day.
AJ Priaulx hit his third home run of the season and now has three long balls in five at-bats on the year with six RBIs. Cletis Avery scored twice and drove in a run on a two-hit day, while Weston Jackson had his third multi-hit game of the year with two hits.
PC scored first for the fifth straight game and plated a run in the first inning for the fourth time in five games. With two outs in the first, Avery doubled down the left field line to put a runner on second. Jackson then reached after chasing a wild pitch, which allowed Avery to move to third. Jackson then attempted to second, drawing the attention of the infielders and allowing Avery take home and give the Blue Hose a 1-0 lead.
PC added two runs in the second inning to take a 3-0 lead on back-to-back home run from Johnson and Priaulx. It was the first time that PC players hit back-to-back home run since Johnson and Brandon Martin went back-to-back last season at Georgia Tech on May 2.
Meanwhile on the mound, Kehner faced just one above the minimum through the first four innings and never had more than one base runner aboard at any time. He induced nine groundball outs and six fly ball outs, while scattering the five strikeouts.
PC tacked on two more runs in the sixth inning. Jackson singled with one out and a groundout moved him to second with two outs. Johnson then singled to left to score Jackson, before scoring one batter later on a pinch-hit single by Colton Chapman to make it a 5-0 advantage.
Ethan Wortkoetter came on in the eighth and struck out the side for his second scoreless appearance of the season. Avery then went deep to left in the bottom half of the inning for his second homer of the year to put PC in front 6-0.
Towson attempted to mount a rally in the ninth. A leadoff walk, a one-out single and a two-out walk, intermixed with two strikeouts, loaded the bases for the Tigers. A bases loaded walk would plate a run to get Towson on the board and cause PC to turn to Aaron Lesiak. Colin Dyer would be the first batter to face Lesiak and singled to center to plate a run, making it 6-2. Lesiak battled and got the next batter to fly out to left field to end the inning and give PC the 2-0 advantage in the series.
Brady Policelli recorded two hits in the loss for the Tigers, while four others accounted for the remaining hits.