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Jay Wetherington

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – The Big South baseball season is winding down, and Presbyterian needs to lock down one of 6 playoff spots for the league’s championship tournament.

The Blue Hose took a serious setback at the hands of Gardner-Webb, 11-3, on Friday evening in the 1st of 3 weekend games.

The Blue Hose entered the game tied for 5th place, and GWU was 7th. If the Runnin’ Bulldogs win on Saturday, they’ll be tied.

Seven different players collected the Blue Hose’ 7 hits, with only two – Jay Wetherington, who homered, and Kyle Decker, who doubled – going for extra bases. It was Decker who scored ahead of Wetherington on the 4-bagger.

PC’s most reliable starter, Charlie McDaniel (7-3), allowed 12 hits and 9 runs, though only 4 were earned. Darien Rorabeck and Ryan Folts mopped up the mess.

Presbyterian (22-26, 9-10 Big South) gave up 5 4th-inning runs, and the Runnin’ Bulldogs scampered home with 4 more in the 5th.

First baseman Alec Burns doubled and homered all by himself for Gardner-Webb (18-32, 8-11), driving in 4 runs. Curtis Robison and Benino Mendela each had 3 of the Bulldogs’ 15 hits.

Winning pitcher Joe Simeone (8-5) gave up 3 runs and 7 hits but struck out 13. He threw 121 pitches.

The Blue Hose and Runnin' Bulldogs continue their3-game series on Saturday at 4 p.m. on ESPN+.