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PC softball, baseball open up with tournament losses
Peter Johnson led PC baseball at the plate with a 2-for-3 day with an RBI, while Cletis Avery hit a solo home run in his first PC at-bat to get the team on the board. Four other Blue Hose players recorded hits in the season opener, including Brett Auckland and Nick Wise, playing in their first games for PC.

CHARLOTTE - Charlotte scored three in the fourth and three more in the seventh to take a 9-1 win over the Presbyterian College softball team in action at the 49er Invite being held Feb. 19-21.

The Blue Hose, who face St. Joseph’s at 10 a.m., Saturday, fall to 2-2, while Charlotte moves to 6-0.

A RBI single in the first by Carroll put the 49ers up early, 1-0, before back to back RBI doubles helped Charlotte to three runs in the fourth for a 4-0 lead. A RBI single and two RBI walks in the top of the seventh helped the 49ers to the 9-0 lead.

The lone run for PC came in the bottom of the seventh off a Hope Rogers solo home run, her third of the season. She would finish the game with two hits for PC, her first coming in the bottom of the fourth off a two-out single. Adding PC’s third hit was Kelsie Sanchez, who had a single in the sixth inning.

Charlotte finished with 10 hits, with PC collecting three hits, along with three errors. Haley Wiseman earned the win for Charlotte, pitching a complete game shutout, giving up three hits and striking out 12. Katie Brown earned the loss for PC, going five innings and giving up seven hits and six earned runs.

Bailey Rhoney led Charlotte with three hits and two RBI. Becca Shipper added two hits and three RBI.

 

The Blue Hose matched hit for hit but it was St. Joseph’s that got them when it counted, taking the 8-0 win in five innings over the Presbyterian College softball team in game one of the 49er Invite being held Feb. 19-21. Megan Anderson paced the team with two hits on the afternoon.

Sarah Yoos led St. Joseph’s with two hits, her second a two-run home run in the bottom of the third to give the team a 5-0 lead. Kaylyn Zierke added a three-run home run in the fourth to make it 8-0.

The first two runs of the game came in the first off a passed ball, while the third came in the second off a PC fielding error.

PC threatened in the second with a single by Anderson and a walk by Kersten Legacki but the last at bat struck out to strand the runners. Anderson added a double in the fourth with one out by a strike out and ground out ended the potential rally.

Kelsie Sanchez collected her first double of the season with a shot to left in the fifth inning, but after another strike out, Hope Rogers recorded a single to push Sanchez to third. She was tagged out at home on the play to end the game.

Sydney Seigler picked up the loss, going two innings and giving up two hits and four earned runs with three strikeouts. Ashley Ventura got the win for St. Joseph’s after throwing five innings with five hits and five strikeouts.

PC and St. Joseph's each finished with five hits, with the Blue Hose recording two errors.

 

GREENVILLE – The Presbyterian College baseball team opened the season with a four-run first inning but the Michigan State offense was too much for the Blue Hose on Friday at Fluor Field, as the Spartans claimed an 11-5 win to open 2016. 

PC is back in action on Saturday with a 4 p.m. meeting with Fordham in its second game of the First Pitch Invitational.

Peter Johnson led PC at the plate with a 2-for-3 day with an RBI, while Cletis Avery hit a solo home run in his first PC at-bat to get the team on the board. Four other Blue Hose players recorded hits in the season opener, including Brett Auckland and Nick Wise, playing in their first games for PC.

Michigan State totaled 16 hits in the win with three-hit games from Marty Bechina, Alex Troop and Jake Kruk. MSU starter Cam Vieaux (1-0) earned the win, tossing 5.0 innings and allowing four runs (one earned) on six hits. PC starter Tanner Chock (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing six earned runs in 2.2 innings pitched.

The Blue Hose opened the game with a four-run first inning to take an early lead. Avery homered to left with two outs, just three batters in to the game, to put PC up 1-0. Nick Wise followed with a single in first his PC at-bat and Weston Jackson made it back-to-back hits with a double to left, putting runners on second and third.

Jacob Midkiff then scored two as the first baseman misplayed a sharply hit ball, which allowed Midkiff to reach and both runners to score. He then advanced to second on a throwing error by the pitcher. Johnson then singled to right, scoring Midkiff from second to give PC a 4-0 lead.

Michigan State came out swinging, scoring one in the first, five in the second and one in the third to take a 7-4 lead. The key play for the Spartans was a three-run home run by Bechina in second that tied the game at 4-4 at the time.

The Spartans added three runs in the sixth to extend its lead to 10-4. Back-to-back doubles to start the inning plated one, followed by a sac fly to score the second. Bechina drove in his fourth run of the game later in the inning with a two-out single to center.

PC added a run in the seventh on a bases load, RBI walk by Jackson to make it to 10-5 with just one out in the inning. Michigan State would call upon Dakota Mekkes, who recorded a groundout and a fielder’s choice to end the threat.

Michigan State added a run in the eighth, as Royce Ando tripled with one out and then came home on a balk to push it to the final score of 11-5.

Michael Trebendis tossed a scoreless seventh inning for PC, needing just 11 pitches to retire the side in his first appearance of the season. Hunter Kyzar tossed 2.2 innings for PC in his first game as a Blue Hose, while freshman Colton Springs tossed an inning in his first collegiate game.

 

Presbyterian College softball & baseball are back in action today in season-opening tournaments.

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