CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College baseball team heads to the steel city for a non-conference weekend series with the University of Pittsburgh set to begin on Friday at 6 p.m. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1:00 p.m. with all three games being shown on ACC Network Extra.
WHAT: Presbyterian (20-21, 11-7 Big South) at Pittsburgh (12-27, 4-17 ACC)
WHERE: Pittsburgh, Pa. (Charles L. Cost Field)
WHEN: Friday April 26 (6:00 p.m.) | Saturday April 27 (1:00 p.m.) | Saturday April 27 (4:30 p.m.)
THE SERIES (Since 2008): Pitt leads 2-0
ON THE MOUND
PC – RHP Eric Miles (6-2, 3.47 ERA, 58 K)
PITT – RHP Derek West (1-2, 3.94 ERA, 53 K)
PC – RHP Jackson Dean (3-3, 3.71 ERA, 26 K)
PITT – TBA
PC – RHP Grayson Stoneking (1-3, 7.36 ERA, 16 K)
PITT – TBA
About the Blue Hose
• The Presbyterian College baseball team used the power of four home runs to score a season-high 15 runs en route to a 15-7 victory over Davidson Tuesday at the PC Baseball Complex.
• Johnny Cook and Zacchaeus Rasberry both paced the offense with three hits on Tuesday, including each hitting home runs and driving in season high four runs.
• Matt Burke added a pair of hits and his first career RBI to the Blue Hose offense. Burke also picked up a pair of stolen bases in the win. Ashby Smith picked up his third home run of the season in the second inning. Jeremiah Boyd hit his first career home run in the second.
• Nick Guimbarda has reached base safely in each of his last 18 games, while hitting at a .333 clip during that stretch with two home runs and 16 RBIs.
• Zacchaeus Rasberry carries a six-game hit streak to the steel city this weekend as he is hitting a red hot .520 during that stretch. He has six extra base hits and eight runs driven in during that stretch.
• Rasberry has at least one hit in 33 of the Blue Hose 41 games this season highlighted by 17 multi-hit games which is a team-high.
• PC is 13-4 when hitting at least one home run in a game this season. The Blue Hose are also 11-3 when scoring at least six runs in a game this season.
• Presbyterian is a solid 16-1 when leading after eight innings this year.
• Pittsburgh leads the all-time series 2-0 dating back to 2008 as the Panthers earned a pair of wins over PC during the 2014 season.
• The Panthers enter with a 12-27 record following dropping two-of-three at the hands of Notre Dame last weekend.
• Pitt is led offensively by Nico Popa who sits at .324 with a pair of home runs and 19 runs driven in on the year. Ron Washington Jr. enters the weekend with a .306 average with a team-high 17 doubles. Connor Perry leads the team with 10 home runs which puts him in a tie for sixth place in the ACC.
• On the mound, Pitt is led by Chase Smith who has a team best 2.70 ERA over 23 appearances. He has a 2-5 record with three saves.
• Zacchaeus Rasberry checks in with a .346 average on the season good enough for sixth place in the Big South. Rasberry leads the conference with four triples.
• Rasberry also is tied for second in the league with 54 total hits. Jimmy Marcelli is tied for sixth with 50 hits on the year.
• Nick Guimbarda is tied for fourth with 12 doubles on the year. Guimbarda has also drawn 23 walks on the year which puts him in a tie for seventh in the Big South.
• Eric Miles is tied for second in the Big South with six victories as he is the only pitcher in the league to toss two complete games on the year.
• In Big South games, PC has both Reagan Fowler and Eric Miles in the top ten in earned run average as Miles is at 2.44 which ranks fourth with Fowler at 2.62 which sits seventh in the league.
• Head Coach Elton Pollock earned his 300th career win on Saturday with a 6-2 victory over UNC Asheville.
• With his next win, Eric Miles would tie the single season record for most wins by a pitcher in the Blue Hose D1 era. He would match a mark he set in 2017 and Chandler Knox hit during the 2014 season.
• With his next double, Nick Guimbarda moves into a tie for sixth in the program’s D1 record book with his 39th career double.
• Nick Guimbarda needs three more home runs to move into a tie for fourth place in the program’s D1 record book for career home runs. Guimbarda has 16 homers after his home run in Friday’s series opener against UNC Asheville.
• Colton Springs with his next save would move into solo fourth in the program’s D1 record book with his seventh career save. Springs with his next save also takes sole possession of eighth in the Blue Hose career record book.
• Eric Miles is just two wins away from matching the Presbyterian D1 record for wins with 21 victories. Miles currently has 19 wins over his two and a half seasons as a Blue Hose.
• With his next sacrifice fly, Nick Guimbarda would take the PC D1 record for most sac flies in a career as a Blue Hose with 12.
• The Blue Hose take the next week off for final exams before returning to the PC Baseball Complex on Friday May 3rd for a Big South series against Winthrop. The series opener with the Eagles on Friday afternoon is set for 3 p.m.