GREENSBORO, N.C. – Peter Johnson hit a first-inning grand slam and tied the school’s Division I record with six RBIs, as the Presbyterian College baseball team defeated North Carolina, 10-6, on Tuesday evening at War Memorial Stadium in Greensboro, N.C. PC improves to 19-17 on the year with a win in its first meeting with the Aggies.
Johnson led the way with a first-inning grand slam that put the Blue Hose up 5-0 at the time, as part of a six-run at-bat. It was the first grand slam by a PC player since Ryan Hedrick cleared the bases with a homer against Charleston Southern in 2015. Interestingly, that homer also came in the first inning and was a part of a six-run inning as well. In addition, the six RBIs by Johnson are the most by a PC player since 2012 when Brad Zebedis also had six at Radford.
Weston Jackson also had a big night at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, three runs and a RBI, his team-high 40th of the season. He is now tied for fourth in PC’s Division I history in RBIs in a single season, while sitting just three doubles shy of tying the single-season school record as well. Tyler Weyenberg continued his hot hand with a hit and two runs.
Logan Beegle (1-0) earned his first victory of the season, allowing two runs on two hits with one walk in 3.0 innings pitched. PC used seven pitchers by pre-arrangement with five throwing a scoreless frame. NCA&T starter K.J. McAlister (0-2) suffered the loss, allowing seven runs (five earned) on five hits with two walks against four strikeouts in 3.0 innings of work.
PC scored six runs in its first AB, its second highest output in the first inning this season. Weyenberg got things started, reaching on catcher’s interference to lead off the game. Jackson was then hit-by-pitch to put runners on first and second without putting a ball in play. A.J. Priaulx followed with an RBI single to left to drive Weyenberg to make it 1-0. Jacob Midkiff then walked to load the bases for Johnson, who drove the ball out to left field for the first PC grand slam of the year.
After a lineout for the first out of the inning, Nick Guimbarda drew a walk and stole second to keep the inning going. A sac bunt by Glen Casaceli moved him to third, before an RBI single by Mick Tinny plated Guimbarda to give PC the 6-0 lead. PC sent 10 batters to the plate in its opening at-bat.
Jackson would leadoff the second inning with his 19th double of the season, putting a runner on second with no outs. After a pair of strikeouts, a wild pitch allowed him to move to third before Johnson singled him in for his fifth RBI of the night to make it a 7-0 lead.
The Aggies got on the board with lone runs in the second and third innings. A one-out walk and a double gave NCAT runners at second and third with one out in the second with a sac fly by Kyle Clary later scoring the runner from third. An RBI single by Ryan Jantsch in third drove home a run to make it a 7-2 PC lead.
The Blue Hose would get the two runs back in the fourth. Weyenberg led off with a double and Jackson followed with 20th double of the year to score him and make it 8-2. Midkiff singled two batters later to put runners on the corners with Jackson getting his sixth RBI of the night on a groundout one batter later to make it 9-2.
Neither team could plate a run in the middle innings until the Aggies put up four runs in the bottom half of the eighth. Back-to-back RBI singles by Clary and Joey Hill knocked in the first two of the inning, followed by a two-RBI double by Myles Sowell to get two more and make it a 9-6 ballgame.
PC tacked on a run in the ninth to extend the lead. Guy Casaceli got a pinch-hit single with one out to put a runner on first. Two batters later, Colton Chapman hit an RBI double to left center to score Casaceli from first and make it a 10-6 PC lead. Hayden Deal came on in the bottom half and tossed a scoreless frame to close it out for the Blue Hose.
PC returns to action on Friday to begin a three-game home series against Big South foe Liberty.