It's (almost) spring. It's PC baseball.
The Presbyterian College baseball team opens its 2016 season this weekend with three games in the First Pitch Invitational at Fluor Field in Greenville. PC is set to open its 29th season as a program in the modern era and its ninth since moving to Division I in 2008.
• Friday – Presbyterian vs. Michigan State – Noon | Live Stats
• Saturday – Presbyterian vs. Fordham – 4 p.m. | Live Stats
• Sunday – Presbyterian vs. Furman – 3 p.m. | Live Stats | Watch
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Series Histories (since 2008)
• PC vs. Michigan State – First Meeting
• PC vs. Fordham – PC leads 1-0 (2014)
- At Neutral Site – PC leads 1-0 (2014)
• PC vs. Furman – Furman leads 11-6 (2008-15)
- At Neutral Site – PC leads 1-0 (2015)
PC Coming Off Winningest Division I Season
• Head coach Elton Pollock returns for his 12th season at helm of his alma mater, after leading the Blue Hose to a Division I era record 27 wins last season. PC knocked off traditional in-state powers Clemson and South Carolina, while also defeating ranked foes Indiana and UCF.
• PC got out to a 14-5 start in its first 19 games and put together two five-game winning streaks throughout the course of the season. The Blue Hose will look continue their strong play against non-conference foes after a 21-10 mark non-Big South opponents in 2015.
Experienced Veterans Highlight Roster
• PC returns six of its nine position starters from last season, while three of its four key starters from a year ago return. The roster features eight seniors and 13 juniors with just three freshmen on the 35-man squad.
• PC’s top hitter, Weston Jackson, returns after missing most of last season with an injury. He batted .395 with nine extra-base hits in 11 games in 2015. Tyler Weyenberg also returns to help lead the offense, after batting .332 last season with a team-high 10 stolen bases.
• On the mound, opening day starter Tanner Chock returns to lead the Blue Hose after moving in to the rotation as a freshman in 2015. Lefty Brian Kehner and righty Ryan Hedrick join Chock in the rotation for opening weekend. Ethan Wortkoetter, Russell Thompson and Hayden Deal return to as key bullpen arms from 2015.
• Michigan State compiled a 34-23 overall record last season with a 14-10 mark in the Big Ten to finish tied for third in the conference. The Spartans will look to reload after losing six every-day starters from last year’s squad.
• Fordham went 22-32 last season with 13-11 conference record in the Atlantic 10 in a schedule that featured 29 games away from home. The Rams return their top hitter (Matthew Kozuch) and top pitcher (Ben Greenberg) from the 2015 team.
• Furman recorded a 25-33 record last season with an 11-13 mark in the SoCon to finish in the middle of the pack in the conference. Sunday’s meeting will mark the first of three matchups between the Paladins and the Blue Hose in 2016.