EMERSON, Ga. – PC totaled 15 hits and scored in six straight innings en route to an 11-1 win over Omaha on Saturday afternoon at the Lake Point complex in Emerson, Ga. The Blue Hose improve to 8-5 overall and record its eighth game of the year with at least 10 hits.
Rob Koski led the Blue Hose at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double and a career-high five RBIs. It was the most RBIs by a PC player since 2012 when Brad Zebedis had six RBIs against Radford. Tyler Weyenberg had a three-hit game with a double, a run and two RBIs. Weston Jackson had his fourth straight multi-hit game, going 2-for-5 with a home run, two runs and two RBIs and Nick Wise had his first multi-hit game of the year with a 2-for-4 day with a run.
Brian Kehner (4-0) continued his dominant work on the mound and recorded his third straight quality start to earn his fourth win of the year. The lefty tossed 7.0 innings and allowed just one run on four hits with no walks against five strikeouts. Starter David Flattery (0-1) was tagged with the loss, allowing six runs (five earned) on 10 hits in 5.0 innings pitched. Russell Thompson and Hayden Deal each recorded a scoreless inning of work out of the bullpen in the victory.
Omaha got the scoring started with a run in the bottom of the first. A leadoff single followed by a sacrifice bunt put a runner at second with one out. Clayton Taylor then singled to plate the runner and make it a 1-0 lead Mavericks lead.
Presbyterian would take over from there, tying the game with a run in the top of the third. Nick Guimbarda singled up the middle for his first collegiate hit to get things started with one out in the inning. Brett Auckland then reached on a bunt single to put runners at first and second with one out. Weyenberg then singled up the middle to plate Guimbarda to make it 1-1 but Auckland would be thrown out going to third.
The Blue Hose add two more runs in their next turn at the plate. AJ Priaulx reached on an error by the shortstop to start inning, before a fly out accounted for the first out. Cletis Avery and Wise then followed with back-to-back singles to load the bases. Koski then came through with his first hit, lining a ball in to left for a base hit to score two runs and give PC a 3-1 lead.
PC kept the offense going with three more runs in the top of the fifth. Jackson led off with a single and Priaulx followed with a walk to put two on with no outs. Jacob Midkiff then singled through the left side to bring in Jackson and keep runners on first and second. After a fly out and a groundout that moved both runners up a base, Koski once again drove in two with another single to give PC a 6-1 lead.
The Blue Hose added two more runs in sixth via the long ball. Guimbarda drew a leadoff walk and two batters later Jackson went deep to left field for his second home run of the season to make it an 8-1 ballgame.
PC tacked on another run in the seventh and two more in the eighth. Koski doubled with two outs in the seventh to score Wise and make it a 9-1 lead. In the eight, an RBI double by Weyenberg and an RBI single by Jack McLaughlin plated the two runs, giving PC the eventual final of 11-1.
Alex Schultz led Omaha with two of the team’s four hits in the game and its only run of the contest.
The Blue Hose wrap up action in the Perfect Game Spring Swing against Bowling Green on Sunday at noon.