CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College baseball team (18-14) scored seven unanswered runs in the final six innings but came up short against Furman (14-18), 10-8, on Wednesday afternoon at the PC Baseball Complex in Clinton, S.C.
Tyler Weyenberg led PC at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double, a pair of runs and a walk. Glen Casaceli went 1-for-3 with a run and two RBIs, while Cletis Avery and Weston Jackson had a hit, a run and an RBI.
Heath Hawkins (1-0) earned in the win in relief for the Paladins, going 2.2 innings and allowing two runs on one hits with three walks against two strikeouts. PC starter Ryan Hedrick (1-1) was tagged with the loss, allowing six runs on eight hits with a walk in 3.0 innings of work. PC pitching retired the final 14 Furman batters to come to the plate.
Furman busted the game opened with six runs in the top of the second inning. The Paladins loaded the bases with a double, a single and a walk with no outs. Three straight singles by Griffin Davis, Matt Towarnicky and Carter Grote plated four runs and put runners on the corners with no outs. Three batters later, Brandon Elmy singled to left to drive in the final two the inning and make it a 6-0 Furman lead.
The Paladins tacked on four more in the top of the fourth. They loaded the bases again, this time with one out, on a walk, a single and a fielding error. Furman once again got three straight RBI singles, followed by a fielder’s choice to plate four runs and take a 10-0 lead.
PC responded with a five-run frame in the bottom half of the inning to cut the lead in half. Avery singled with one out and Jackson followed with a double down the left field line. On the play, the left fielder bobbled the ball and Avery was able to score from third for the first PC run of the game. Back-to-back walks to Peter Johnson and Jacob Midkiff loaded the bases, before an RBI hit-by-pitch to AJ Priaulx scored Jackson. After a popout, Brett Auckland drew a bases loaded walk and Casaceli followed with a two-RBI single to make it a 10-5 game.
The Blue Hose added two runs in the seventh. Casaceli drew a leadoff walk and Weyenberg followed with a double to put runners on second and third. Avery hit lineout to right for a sac fly to drive in Casaceli and allow Weyenberg to move to third. Two batters later, Johnson would drive him in with an RBI fielder’s choice to make it a 10-7 game.
PC would threaten another ninth-inning rally, as Weyenberg led off with a single. He would advance to second on a wild pitch and then head to third on a throwing error by the catcher with one out. Jackson would drive him in with an RBI groundout to cut it to 10-8 but that’s all PC would get, as a fly out ended the game.
Cole Norwood, Aaron Lesiak, Hunter Kyzar, Colton Springs and Hayden Deal each tossed a scoreless frame in relief for the Blue Hose. The five combined for 5.0 hitless innings with six strikeouts against just one walk to shutdown Furman in the late innings.
The Paladins totaled 12 hits in the win, led by Davis with a 3-for-5 day at the plate with a run and two RBIs. Jake Crawford was 2-for-5 with two runs and an RBI, while Brandon Elmy went 2-for-3 with a run and two RBIs.
PC returns to action on Friday when it begins a three-game series at Coastal Carolina.