ATLANTA, Ga. – After Andrew Williams­­­­­two-run homer tied the game in the eighth inning, the Presbyterian College baseball team pushed No. 10 Georgia Tech to 10 innings before succumbing 9-8.

The Blue Hose now stand at 10-33 on the season.

PC had the bases loaded in the top of the ninth as Cory Lyda singled to right field and moved to second on a passed ball. After Jared Combs walked, the two moved up on a wild pitch. However, Tony Micklon and Zac Rhinesmith both struck out to leave the runners stranded.

 

The Blue Hose jumped out to an early lead, gaining a 1-0 advantage in their first at bat. Williams walked to lead things off and moved to second on Mack Hite’s sacrifice bunt. Williams scampered to third on a wild pitch before coming home on Lyda’s groundout to the right side.

 

After the Yellow Jackets knotted the score at one apiece in their at bat, head coach Elton Pollock’s team made the score 3-1 in the second inning. Micklon singled up the middle on the fourth pitch of the inning and went to second on Nate Horton’s single.

 

Rhinesmith reached on a throwing error, moving to second base. Horton went to third and Micklon crossed home for a 2-1 lead. Gabe Grammer then grounded out, scoring Horton for the 3-1 score.

 

PC retired the side in the second, but gave up three runs in the third inning on Matt Skole’s three-run homer. The Yellow Jackets extended the margin to 5-3 in the fifth. However, Pollock’s team once again battled back.

 

In the sixth, Kenny Bryant singled to get things going. He moved to second on a wild pitch. Micklon then worked the count full before walking. Horton laid down a beautiful sacrifice bunt, reaching on a throwing error by the pitcher. Horton wound up on second base as Bryant scored.

 

That play forced a pitching change. Rhinesmith reached on a fielder’s choice, bringing up Grammer. He hit a deep fly ball to right field, plating Micklon. Williams’ fielder’s choice brought home Horton, putting the score at 6-5 in favor of the visitors.

 

Chase Burnette smashed a three-run homer in the seventh inning, which gave Georgia Tech an 8-6 lead with just six outs to play in regulation.

 

Pollock’s team was extremely impressive in its fight. With one down in the eighth, Grammer singled to right field on a full count. Williams then smacked an 0-1 pitch over the right field fence to tie the game.

 

Andrew Foushee came in to start the bottom of the eighth, relieving Jesse Harmon. With two on, Foushee intentionally walked a batter to load the bases with just one away. The intentional walk allowed PC to go to any base for the out. However, that would not be necessary as he struck out Tony Plagman for the second out before getting Jason Haniger to fly out to end the threat.

 

In the 10th, PC failed to have anyone reach base. Then, on the first pitch of the bottom of the 10th, Jeff Rowland notched the game-winning homer.

 

Harmon went seven innings, giving up eight runs on eight hits. He walked three but struck out four. Foushee took the loss, giving up one run on four hits in two innings of work. He walked one and struck out two.

 

Williams led the way with two hits. He drove in three and crossed home twice. Combs also had two base knocks. Micklon and Horton each scored twice. Grammer had two RBI in the loss.

 

The teams wrap up the series tomorrow at 1 p.m.