EMERSON, Ga. – The Presbyterian College baseball team fell to Bowling Green, 6-1, in the opening game of the Perfect Game Spring Swing Tournament on Friday afternoon at the Lake Point Complex in Emerson, Ga. The Blue Hose continue action in the tournament on Saturday with a 2:30 p.m. matchup against Nebraska-Omaha.
Weston Jackson and Jacob Midkiff each had two hits on the afternoon to lead the Blue Hose. Jackson has now recorded three straight multi-hit games, while Midkiff drove in the only run of the day for PC. Brett Auckland and Tyler Weyenberg each had a hit to account for the remainder of the team’s six hits.
Bowling Green starter C.J. Schildt (2-1) earned the victory, allowing one run on six hits in 6.1 innings pitched with five strikeouts against four walks. PC starter Tanner Chock (0-2) suffered the loss, allowing five runs on seven hits in 6.1 innings pitched for the Blue Hose.
Bowling Green opened the scoring with two runs in the second inning, the first time this season that PC did not score first in the game. After loading the bases with back-to-back two-out singles and a walk, Justin Mott singled to center to plate two runs and give the Falcons the 2-0 lead.
BGSU would add a run in the third. RJ Williams led off the inning with a walk and advanced to third on a single. Two batters later, Greg Basalyga singled to score him from third and make it a 3-0 lead.
PC got the board in the bottom half of the inning with its only run. Weyenberg reached on a fielder’s choice with two outs and Jackson followed with his second hit of the day to put two on with two outs. Midkiff then lined a single to center to bring home Weyenberg from second and cut the lead to 3-1.
The Falcons added two runs in the seventh and one in the ninth. Matt Smith singled home two runs with two outs in the seventh and a sac fly with runners on the corners in the ninth made it a 6-1 ballgame.
The Blue Hose had two-out opportunities in both in the fifth and seventh innings but were unable to scratch across a run. A dropped fly ball loaded the bases with one out in the fifth but a double play ended the threat. PC then got back-to-back two-out singles in the seventh to force a pitching change but a strikeout stranded both.
Bowling Green was led by Smith with a 3-for-5 day with two RBIs, while Mott went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Devin Daugherty tossed 2.1 scoreless innings in relief with no hits and two strikeouts.
Both teams had six two-out hits in the game, while six of the seven runs scored in the contest came with two outs.