CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College baseball team (24-26) fell to VCU (35-16), 13-2, on Saturday afternoon at the PC Baseball Complex in Clinton, S.C. Prior to the game, the Blue Hose honored their 10 seniors, each of whom graduated from PC at Saturday morning’s commencement service.
Senior Rob Koski drove in both PC runs and scored one with a two-run home run, his second of the season. Senior Peter Johnson also had a strong day at the plate with a 3-for-4 afternoon, while fellow senior Patrick Burt was 2-for-4. Cletis Avery went 2-for-4 with a run scored and Glen Casaceli rounded out the offense with a hit.
VCU starter Brooks Vial (7-3) earned the victory, going 6.0 innings and allowing two runs on seven hits with no walks against five strikeouts. PC starter Tanner Chock (2-3) was tagged with the loss, allowing seven runs on 10 hits with four walks against five strikeouts in 4.1 innings.
PC got on the board first with two runs in the second. Avery singled to left field with two outs, before swiping his 12th base of the season to put a runner in scoring position. Koski followed with a deep shot to left that landed beyond the fence to give the Blue Hose the early 2-0 lead.
The VCU bats came alive in the middle innings, though, as the Rams got three runs in the fourth, four runs in the fifth and five runs in the sixth. In the fourth, Cody Acker scored one run with an RBI double, before a wild pitch scored the second and a sac fly by Cooper Mickelson plated the third.
In the fifth, the Rams hit three straight home runs off the bats of Darian Carpenter, Matt Davis and Jimmy Kerrigan. Later in the inning, Mickelson drove in his second run of the game with an RBI single to make it a 7-2 advantage.
The sixth inning would prove to be the biggest output yet for the Rams. Davis drove in the first with an RBI single and Acker followed with a sac fly to left to plate the second run of the frame. Dylan Isquirdo singled in a third run in front of Mickelson, who then doubled to score two more and make it a 12-2 game. The Rams added one more in the ninth on an RBI double to left by Logan Ferrar for the final score of 13-2.
Davis, Kerrigan and Ackey each had three hits with at least one run and two RBIs apiece. Mickelson had two hits and four RBIs, while Ferrar and Isquirdo each had two hits apiece as well.
Ryan Hedrick and Robert Moss each tossed scoreless innings in relief for PC, throwing the seventh and eighth innings, respectively. Seniors Michael Trebendis and Trey Hayes each made relief appearances on Senior Day as well.
The two will wrap the series on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the PC Baseball Complex.