Presbyterian baseball won its 2nd straight Big South baseball game in High Point, N.C., the old-fashioned way, or at least the way from the day before as the Blue Hose once again warded off a Panther rally and won, 8-7.
After yielding a run to High Point in the 1st inning, PC (9-11, 2-0 BSC) scored 5 runs in the 2nd and rode homers by shortstop Brody Fahr and right fielder Ryan Ouzts to an 8-7 victory at Williard Stadium.
The Blue Hose took a 7-1 lead into the bottom of the 5th inning but were outscored by High Point (6-12, 0-2), 6-1, the rest of the way. The Panthers’ starter, Brett Wozniak (1-1), took the loss.
Kyle Mueller (2-1), the 4th PC pitcher, got the decision, and Colbey Klepper nailed it down with his 1st save.
Four PC batters – Jack Gorman, Dalton Reeves, Jake Randolph and Trey Fenderson – each provided 2 hits. Ouzts and Fahr each drove in 3. The Blue Hose ouhit the Panthers 14-10.
Third baseman Cael Chatham socked 3 hits apiece for High Point, which got 4-baggers from outfielders Brett Ahalt and Javon Fields.
The Blue Hose and Panthers closed out the opening series of league play on Sunday with a 1 p.m. fray.
Men’s tennis evened its record at 9-9 by stopping Limestone (5-4) in its tracks with a Saturday afternoon, 7-0 victory in Gaffney.
Limestone entered the match ranked 32nd in Division II.
Presbyterian has a week off before a road match at Elon on Saturday at 1 p.m.
1. #64 Dusan Milanovic (PC) def. Diego Arzaluz (LU) 6-0, 6-4
2. Max Benson (PC) def. Ramiro Hernandez (LU) 6-2, 6-3
3. Denim Yadav (PC) def. Andre Zamorano (LU) 6-4, 6-4
4. Javier Matos (PC) def. Andres Cortes (LU) 6-0, 6-1
5. David Mamalat (PC) def. Thomas Jouanneau (LU) 6-0, 6-0
6. Pedro Cardoso (PC) def. Rodolfo Villavicencio (LU) 6-0, 6-0
Order of Finish: 4,5,6,1,2,3
1. Javier Matos/Sebastian Dominguez (PC) def. Andres Cortes/Andrea Zamorano (LU) 6-1
2. Ramiro Hernandez/Diego Arzaluz (LU) def. Teo Cariov/Pedro Cardoso (PC) 6-4
3. Denim Yadav/David Mamalat (PC) def. Rodolfo Villavicencio/Thomas Jouanneau (LU) 6-4
Order of Finish: 1,2,3
PC’s softball performance in Greenville, N.C., was erratic, and the opposition had something to do with it.
East Carolina’s Jolly Roger Invite saw the Blue Hose thump Cleveland State, 13-2, before Ohio State claimed a 5-2 victory.
The Blue Hose scored in all but one inning and brought a premature end to the proceedings with a 7-run 5th inning against Cleveland State (4-18).
Presbyterian (18-7) scored in every inning but one. Jenna Greene (8-4) turned in a complete game, and three batters – catcher Lath Freeman, 1st baseman Jillian Hewes and 3rd baseman Blair Darby – each had 2 hits. Right fielder Morgan Hess belted her 8th home run.
Brooke Albaugh collected 2 hits for the Vikings. Torrie Jenkins (0-8) took the loss.
The Buckeyes (15-7) turned the tables in the day’s 2nd contest behind behind 1st baseman Mariah Rodriguez, who was 3-4, and 2nd baseman Kaitlyn Farley, who cracked a double and a single in 3 at-bats. Both drove in a couple.
The winning pitcher was Allison Smith (8-3), who struck out 14. Hess (6-2) took the loss.
Layna Johnson and Kendall Owens each provided a pair of singles for the Blue Hose, who were scheduled to face Cleveland State again and East Carolina on Sunday.
Fourth-ranked Quinnipiac (3-0) defeated Presbyterian (0-5) in acrobatics and tumbling, 271.410-255.730, on Saturday at Templeton Center.
The Blue Hose point total was a season high versus the Hamden, Conn., university.
After the meet, PC honored seniors Madeline Johnson, Ashlyn Getway, Annie Blakely, Elizabeth Grier, Morgan Todd, Maddie Watkins, Jaden Haley, Maya Cunningham, Ciera Carter, Amirah Boyd and Shayla Snow, competing for the final time on campus.
PC had season bests in four events. The Blue Hose next face Emmanuel on April 2 in Franklin Springs, Ga.
Led by Sarah Boteler’s 72, Presbyterian made a major move in the final round of the Low Country Intercollegiate, hosted by Wofford College at Moss Creek Golf Club on Hilton Head Island.
Entering Sunday in a tie for 10th place, PC advanced into a tie for 4th with Jacksonville (Fla.).
Poor weather on Saturday forced the tournament, originally set for 54 holes, to be completed in 36. Quinnipiac won the tournament by a stroke over 1st-round leader UNC Asheville, whose top golfer, Madyson Gold, won the individual race.
Boteler finished at 159 after matching her 72 with a 1st-round 87. PC’s best finisher was freshman Alina Shchepteva, whose 76 on Sunday put her in a tie for 13th at 156. Boteler tied for 23rd.
One of those who tied with Shchepteva was UNCA’s Phoebe Carles of Clinton. Her sister, Sofia, shot 163 for PC.
The Blue Hose close out the regular season with the Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate, hosted by Appalachian State, set to begin on April 3 at the Mimosa Hills Golf Club.
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