CONWAY, S.C. – The Presbyterian College baseball team (18-17, 5-7 Big South) fell to 19th-ranked Coastal Carolina (27-10, 11-1 Big South), 12-3, on Sunday afternoon in the series finale at Springs Brooks Stadium in Conway, S.C.
Peter Johnson was 1-for-2 with a walk, a double and two RBIs to pace the Blue Hose at the plate. Weston Jackson went hitless in the game but scored a run, drove in a run and stole two bases. Tyler Weyenberg was 1-for-3 with two walks and a run, while Cletis Avery, Nick Guimbarda and Colton Chapman each had a hit in the contest.
Andrew Beckwith (5-1) earned the victory for Coastal Carolina in relief, throwing 1.1 scoreless innings and allowing a hit with no walks and a strikeout. Cole Norwood (0-1) was charged with the loss for PC, allowing two runs (one earned) despite not allowing a hit with a walk and strikeout in 0.2 innings pitched.
PC starter David Sauer went 4.1 innings and allowed three runs on five hits with four walks to receive a no decision. Coastal Carolina starter Tyler Poole went 5.2 innings and allowed three unearned runs on two hits with four walks against eight strikeouts.
PC got a run in the top of the first, as Weyenberg drew a leadoff to reach for the fifth straight plate appearance. He later moved to second on a wild pitch, before taking third on an errant throw by the catcher with no outs. After a strikeout, Jackson drove him in with an RBI groundout to third to make it a 1-0 Blue Hose lead.
Coastal Carolina took the lead in the third with a pair of a runs. Two singles and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases with no outs. Back-to-back RBI fielder’s choices brought in two runs for the Chanticleers to give them the 2-1 advantage.
The Chanticleers got their sixth home run of the series, another solo homer to right, in the fifth, as Owings went deep to make it a 3-1 lead.
Presbyterian responded with two runs to tie the game in the top of the sixth. Jackson reached on an error to lead off the inning, before stealing second and later third with two outs. Brett Auckland then drew a two-out walk in his first plate appearance to put runners on the corners and chase CCU starter Poole from the game. Johnson then delivered with a two-out, two-RBI double in to the right-center gap to score Jackson and Auckland and tie the game at 3-3.
Coastal Carolina would bust the game open with a big inning in the bottom of the sixth. A walk, an error and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases with one out. A wild pitch allowed the first run to come across, before a two-RBI double by G.K. Young plated two more. After a groundout moved Young to third with two outs, another wild pitch allowed him to score to make it a 7-3 lead. A single and a hit-by-pitch put two on for Billy Cooke, who hit an RBI single to left to make it an 8-3 lead.
The Chanticleers tacked on four more runs in the seventh. With runners on first and second with one out, Zach Remillard hit a three-run home run to right, his ninth of the season, to make it 11-3. Later in the inning, Cameron Pearcey hit a sacrifice fly to left to drive in the final run of the game.
Remillard led the Chanticleers, going 2-for-5 with a homer, a run and three RBIs. Owings was 2-for-4 with a homer, two runs and two RBIs, while Michael Paez was 2-for-4 with two runs. Young went 1-for-2 with a double, three runs and two RBIs.
PC returns to action on Tuesday for a midweek road game at North Carolina A&T, before hosting Liberty in a three-game series beginning on Friday.