EMERSON, Ga. – The Presbyterian College baseball team held off a late rally from Bowling Green to earn a 6-5 victory on Sunday afternoon at the Lake Point complex in Emerson, Ga. The Blue Hose improve to 9-5 on the season, after taking two of three at the three-day tournament.
PC totaled 13 hits to record its ninth game this season with at least 10 hits, as six different players recorded two hits apiece, including the top four in the order. Tyler Weyenberg continue his hot hitting with a 2-for-5 day at the plate with a home run, two runs and three RBIs to pace the Blue Hose. Brett Auckland and Weston Jackson each went 2-for-5 with a double, while AJ Priaulx went 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI. Cletis Avery was 2-for-4 with a run and Nick Guimbarda was 2-for-4 with a run in his second straight start at second base.
Aaron Lesiak (1-1) earned the victory with 2.0 scoreless innings of relief work with no hits, two walks and three strikeouts. Ryan Hedrick earned a no decision in his fourth start of the year, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits with four strikeouts against no walks. Hayden Deal earned his second save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning in which he allowed one hit and recorded on strikeout. Bowling Green’s Zach Kendall (0-1) was tagged with the loss, allowing four runs on six hits in 2.1 innings pitched.
Presbyterian got on the board first for the 12th time this season with two runs in the top of the first. Auckland opened the game with a leadoff double and Weyenberg immediately followed with a single up the middle to score him from second. Weyenberg stole second, moved to third on a groundout and then scored on an RBI groundout by Priaulx.
The Blue Hose added a run in the second inning. Avery led off with a single, before stealing second and moving to third on a throwing error by the catcher. An RBI groundout to first by Nick Wise allowed him to score and gave PC a 3-0 lead.
PC loaded the bases with one out in the third to add its fourth run of the game. A single by Priaulx, a hit-by-pitch to Jacob Midkiff and a long single by Avery loaded it for Wise, who hit a sac fly to center to score Priaulx and allow the other two runners to move up. A walk to Koski reloaded the bases but a fielder’s choice to the third baseman ended the inning.
Weyenberg hit his first home run of the season in the fourth, a solo shot to left, to plate PC’s fifth run of the game. The left fielder has reached base in every game this season and has now hit safely in nine straight games to lead the team.
Bowling Green got two runs in a wild bottom of the fourth. A leadoff single and a hit-by-pitch put two on with no outs. A strikeout and a fly out made it two outs but a double and an error plated two runs to cut the lead to 5-2.
After three scoreless frames from both sides, PC tacked on a run in the eighth. Guimbarda singled with one out and Auckland followed with a single to move him to third. Weyenberg then hit a grounder to second that scored Guimbarda to push the PC lead to 6-2.
Bowling Green would make a charge in the bottom half of the eighth, scoring three runs all with two outs. With the bases loaded and two outs, Kory Brown singled between first and second to score one run and a throwing error allowed all three runners to move up to score another. A wild pitch brought in the third run of the inning but a fly out three batters later would preserve the lead for PC.
In the bottom of the ninth, BGSU threatened putting runners on the corners with two outs after a single and an error. Deal would finish it off, though, getting a lineout to the shortstop to end the ballgame.
Derek Drewes led the Falcons with a two-hit with a run and an RBI. Five other players combined to recorded the remaining five hits for Bowling Green in the one-run affair.
The Blue Hose are back in action on Tuesday with a midweek matchup against NC Central at home, before hosting Wofford on Wednesday. Both games will be at 3 p.m. at the PC Baseball Complex.