A tough football loss notwithstanding, most of the results were positive in the Presbyterian College athletics program.
Strong pitching was the foundation of a 3-game baseball sweep by the Blue Hose over Big South Conference foe Charleston Southern.
On Saturday at PC Baseball Complex, Presbyterian (5-8, 4-3 conference) swept a doubleheader with the Buccaneers, 3-0 and 3-1.
Neither starter (and winner) gave up an earned run. Eric Miles (2-1) and Duncan Howard (1-1) took the wins, and Eric Toth and Chris Veach earned the saves.
Veach collected 4 hits in the two games and now has hits in all 12 games of his collegiate career.
Miles struck out 7. Howard lowered his earned run average to 1.12.
PC earned its first home sweep in a Big South series since April 5-7, 2019, when the Blue Hose swept UNC Asheville. In the three games, PC pitchers allowed 2 earned runs, while totaling 15 strikeouts.
Parker Houston, who did not play in the latter game, went 2-3 for Charleston Southern (7-10, 7-7) in the former.
The Blue Hose open a 3-game series at UNC Asheville on Thursday at 5 p.m. PC and Asheville will play a Friday doubleheader to wrap up the series with first pitch at 1.
The news was no better for Charleston Southern nearby on the softball diamond, where the Blue Hose swept a doubleader, 2-1 and 4-1.
Lexi Palazzo and Jaiden Tweed drove in a combined 5 runs, and Jenna Greene and Haley Haselden each tossed complete games. The wins snapped a 6-game skid for Presbyterian (8-6, 2-3) against Charleston Southern (3-11, 1-7) and clinched the Blue Hose first season series victory over CSU since 2017.
Men’s tennis polished off Belmont Abbey 6-1, winning all but No. 6 singles at Templeton Tennis Courts.
Presbyterian (7-2) won all other matches in straight sets.
It took three sets for Belmont Abbey (8-9) to take the last singles match. Jhoan Avendano defeated PCs Daniel Martens 7-5, 1-6, 6-2.
At No. 2, Georgije Babic needed a second-set tie-breaker to prevail over the Crusaders’ Jai Rowe 7-5, 7-6 (7-4).
The Blue Hose return to league action on Friday at 3 p.m. when PC heads to Longwood (Farmville, Va.).
A.J. Nolin and Lleyton Renner each fired 73’s to lead Presbyterian College in round two of the Furman Intercollegiate on Saturday in Greenville. The Blue Hose shaved 6 strokes off of their opening-round score to post a 297 in Saturday’s second round.
Through 36 holes, PC’s 600 total is tied for 14th. The 3-day, 54-hole event is being played at the par-71, 6,984-yard Furman Golf Course.
Furman kept its position atop the team leaderboard with a 283 for the second straight day. The Paladins (566) are 2 strokes ahead of Wofford (568). After owning a share of the 18-hole lead, Furman’s Keller Harper (135) shot a 69 on Saturday to take a 2-shot edge over teammate Walker Crosby in the individual standings.
Freshman William Johnson shattered the Blue Hose record for 800 meters at the Weems Baskin Relays on Saturday at Cregger Track in Columbia. Johnson posted a 1:55.31, breaking the previous Blue Hose record by over 8 seconds.
Johnson led the Blue Hose with a third-place finish.
The Blue Hose are next in action at the Winthrop Quadrangular on April 10 in Rock Hill.