HIGH POINT, NC – The Presbyterian College baseball team dropped a pair of one-run games to High Point on Saturday at Williard Stadium. The Panthers took game one by a score of 1-0 and then walked off in extra innings in game two, 4-3, courtesy a solo home run from Jordan Sergent in the bottom of the 10th. PC ends the regular season with an overall record of 15-39 and 8-19 in the Big South, while HPU improved to 31-21 and 19-8.
How It Happened
Early in game one, Nick Guimbarda was the only threat at the plate for either team. The junior started 3-for-3 while everyone else combined for just four hits over the first five innings.
In the bottom of the sixth, Austen Zente reached base on a hit-by-pitch. He would come around to score on a two-base error during a fielder’s choice that allowed Travis Holt to reach second. After a sac bunt advanced the runner to third, Colton Springs came in from PC's bullpen and pitched out of a bases-loaded jam to keep the game 1-0.
The Panthers would call to their bullpen frequently down the stretch to protect their one-run lead. PC would collect two more hits, totaling six for the game, but High Point held on to win 1-0.
In the top of the first, Guimbarda drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third on a single from Jonathan White. The Blue Hose would then score their first run of the series and take the 1-0 lead off a wild pitch.
In the bottom of the fifth, Conner Dunbar tied the game at 1-1 with a solo home run to right field.
High Point would take the lead in the bottom of the seventh inning. Dunbar doubled to lead off the inning and advanced to third on a passed ball. Holt hit an RBI single up the middle to give the home team a 2-1 lead.
The Blue Hose would rally back in the top of the ninth inning. Colton Chapman led off with a pinch-hit double to center field. Then, Guimbarda continued to stay hot and tied the game with an RBI double. White laid down a sac bunt to advance Guimbarda to third with just one out. AJ Priaulx delivered an RBI single to give PC the 3-2 lead.
In the bottom of the ninth, Dunbar reached on an error and eventually tied the game on a passed ball with the bases loaded and two outs. Ryan Hedrick stayed calm and got the third out on a called strike to take the game into extra innings.
The Blue Hose threatened with runners on the corners in the top of the 10th. However, High Point was able to force a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning.
In the bottom of the 10th, Sergent hit the walk-off home run to right center to give the Panthers the 4-3 win and a series sweep.
Pitchers of Record
Eric Miles (6-5) took the loss for PC in game one. He allowed one run on two hits and struck out four batters over 5.1 innings.
Jonny Vizcaino (5-2) picked up the win for HPU in game one. He allowed two hits over 3.1 innings of work out of the bullpen and had two strikeouts against one walk.
Grey Lyttle picked up his second save of the season by allowing just one hit over 2.0 innings and striking out three.
Ryan Hall (0-3) took the loss for PC after giving up the solo home run in the bottom of the tenth.
Nick Niarchos (1-0) picked up his first win of the season after forcing a 5-4-3 double play to end the top of the 10th inning.
Nick Guimbarda went 5-for-8 with two runs and an RBI on the day to lead PC.
Jonathan White ends the regular season with a team-high 76 hits and 25 multi-hit games.
AJ Priaulx ends the regular season with a career-best 75 hits, 14 doubles, 41 RBI, 107 total bases, and 19 multi-hit games.
The Blue Hose will await the results from Sunday’s games to see if they qualify for the Big South Conference Tournament.