Hose Headed to Fluor Field
UPDATE: Wofford Edges Presbyterian in Back-and-Forth Affair
GREENVILLE – Two eighth-inning solo home runs pushed Wofford past the Presbyterian College baseball team, 10-9, on Wednesday night at Fluor Field.
The Blue Hose fall to 12-15 this year, while Wofford improves to 12-14.
How It Happened
PC got on the board with a run in its first at-bat. Cletis Avery got things started with a one-out single to right and moved to second on a wild pitch a few pitches later. After a groundout moved Avery to third, Nick Wise drove him in with an RBI double to left center to put PC in front 1-0.
Wofford responded in a big way in the bottom half of the first. A leadoff single by Andrew Orzel was followed by a two-run home run by McClain Bradley to give the Terriers a 2-1 advantage. Brett Hash then kept it going with a single, before a flyout to right accounted for the first out of the inning. Carson Waln then doubled to right to put two on for Reed Massey, who homered to left to give Wofford an early 5-1 lead.
The Blue Hose immediately began to chip away at the lead, getting a run in the second and four more in the third. Brett Auckland hit his second home run of the year in the second with a solo drive to right center, cutting the lead to 5-2.
PC kept it going in the third as Avery and AJ Priaulx got back-to-back singles to start the inning. Wise then doubled for the second time in the game, this time to right center, to score Avery and put runners at second and third with no outs. TJ Richardson then hit his first home run on the season with a drive over the Green Monster in left to clear the bases and reclaim the lead for PC at 6-5. The Blue Hose weren’t done just yet, though, as Glen Casaceli singled for the second time with one out and Nick Guimbarda followed with a single to right to runners at the corners. A wild pitch then allowed Casaceli to score from third to push the lead to 7-5.
Wofford cut in to the lead with a run in the fifth. The first two Terriers of the inning reached via the walk, forcing PC to go to the bullpen again and bring on righty Eric Miles. A passed ball allowed the runners to move to second and third, but Miles got a groundout to third to keep the runners three.
The Terriers retook the lead with a pair of runs in the seventh. Brett Hash reached on a hit-by-pitch with one out and Mack Nathanson followed with a double to left to put two in scoring position with one out. Carson Waln followed with a two-run single to right that gave Wofford the lead, 8-7, at the time.
PC responded with two runs of its own in the eighth, coming without a hit. The Blue Hose loaded the bases with three straight walks by Casaceli, Guimbarda and Andrew Bladt with no outs. After a Wofford pitching change, Tyler Weyenberg tied the game by scoring Casaceli from third on an RBI fielder’s choice to first, leaving runners on the corners with one out. A wild pitch then brought home Guimbarda to give PC the lead at 9-8.
Wofford then answered with two runs in the bottom half of the eight to retake the lead. Kody Ruedisili and Dylan May hit back-to-back solo home runs to give the Terriers lead for the eventual final score of 10-9.
Pitchers of Record
Austin Higginbotham (1-3) earned his first win of the year with 2.0 scoreless innings in relief, as he didn’t allow a hit or a walk and struck out three.
Hunter Kyzar (0-4) suffered the loss, allowing two runs on the two solo home runs in 1.0 inning of relief work.
Player of the Game
Nick Wise had a big night at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a run and two RBIs. In each of his first two at-bats, the lefty had an RBI double with one headed to the left center gap and one to the right center gap. It was the second three-hit game of the season for the junior and his seventh multi-hit game.
- Cletis Avery also had a big night at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Avery singled in each of his first three at-bats and scored in each of his first two with Wise driving him in both times. It was his first three-hit game of the season, tying his career-high set against Charleston Southern last season.
- Glen Casaceli managed a 2-for-3 evening at the plate with a pair of runs scored as well.
PC hosts Radford in its second Big South series of the year, beginning Friday at 3 p.m. at the PC Baseball Complex.
PC and Wofford Tangle in Greenville
• Who: Presbyterian (12-14) vs. Wofford (11-14)
• When: Wednesday – 7 p.m.
• Where: Fluor Field – Greenville, S.C.
• Live Audio: Sunny 103.5
• Live Stats: WoffordTerriers.com
• Social Media – @PresbyterianBSB (Twitter) | @BlueHoseSports (Twitter/Instagram)
Series History (since 2008)
• Overall - PC leads 13-10
• at Fluor Field - Wofford leads 2-0
• RHP Jackson Dean (PC) vs. RHP Jake Hershman (WOF)
• PC has played 11 one-run games on the season with 16 games total decided by three runs or less.
• The Blue Hose will play its third game at Fluor Field this season on Wednesday. PC topped UT Martin, 3-2, and fell to Furman, 7-6, in its two previous games in Downtown Greenville.
• PC leads the Big South hits (234) and sac bunts (27). The Blue Hose rank seventh nationally in sac bunts, while coming in 63rd in hits and 82nd in doubles (43).
• The Terriers enter the midweek affair with an 11-14 record on the year, after taking two of three from SoCon rival Furman over the weekend.
• Wofford is batting .285 as a team with 44 doubles and 29 home runs as a team. Brett Hash leads the squad with a .333 average, seven home runs and 20 RBIs. The Terriers have also totaled 62 stolen bases in its 25 games to lead the country.
• On the bump, Wofford has a 5.79 ERA as a team with opponents managing a .296 average. Jake Hershman will take the hill on Wednesday, having compiled a 1-0 record and an 8.68 ERA in 9.1 innings pitched this season.
PC Defeated Wofford, 6-1, on Feb. 22
• PC took the first meeting between the two teams this season, 6-1, at the PC Baseball Complex on February 22.
• Eric Miles earned his first career victory with 5.0 innings of one-run baseball in his first collegiate starter. The righty struck out the side in the first inning and retired five straight at one point to get his college career off to a winning start.
• The Blue Hose put up five runs in the first inning to take the early lead in the win. Colton Chapman provided a big two-run double in the inning, while Tyler Weyenberg hit a solo home run later in the contest.
Players Rank in Big South and Nationally
• Cletis Avery leads the Big South in sac bunts with six, to place 17th in the nation in that category.
• Avery is also third in the conference in stolen bases (12) and ranks 20th nationally.
• Brian Kehner leads the Big South in strikeout-to-walk ratio (9.75) and walks allowed per nine innings (0.88). He ranks 16th and 14th in the two categories, respectively. His 39 strikeouts also lead the Big South this season.
• Nick Guimbarda is second in the Big South in doubles (9) and ranks 58th nationally.
• Ryan Hedrick has recorded three saves on the season, third-most in the Big South.
• Eric Miles is second in the Big South in victories with three this season.
Close Games the Norm
• PC has already played 11 one-run games with three others decided by three runs or less. The Blue Hose are 6-5 in one-run games wiith an 8-6 record in all games decided three runs or less.
• In the 14 games, PC is batting .275 as a team with 38 extra-base hits, led by Nick Guimbarda with a .468 average and seven doubles to go with 10 RBIs.
Starting Pitchers Settling In
• In four games last week, PC starting pitchers compiled a 1.78 ERA, allowing five earned runs in 25.1 innings of work.
• Eric Miles, Brian Kehner, Hayden Deal and Tanner Chock combined to record 23 strikeouts against seven walks, while allowing 26 hits.
• Miles worked 6.0 scoreless innings at USC Upstate on Wednesday, leaving the game with a 4-0 lead. Kehner then tossed 7.0 scoreless innings on Friday, allowing just five hits with eight strikeouts against no walks.
He’s Gumby, Dang It
• Sophomore Nick Guimbarda, known to his teammates as Gumby, has become one of PC’s most reliable hitters in his second season with the program.
• The lefty is batting .337 on the year with a team-high 16 RBIs and nine doubles. The nine doubles rank second in the Big South, while his four sac bunts are tied for sixth.
• Guimbarda has also drawn 14 walks on the year to push his on-base percentage to .426 on the season. Once on base, he has four stolen bases in six tries.
• Gumby leads the team with 10 multi-hit games this season, including eight two-hit games, and six multi-RBI games.
Auckland Surging at the Plate
• Senior Brett Auckland is in the midst of a hot streak at the plate, going 16-for-36 (.444) with 10 walks over his last 10 games.
• The outfielder has scored eight times over his last eight games and has driven in eight runs over the 10-game stretch, while doubling twice and homering once.
• It started with a 4-for-5, three-RBI game at Auburn to break out of an early season slump. He has since recorded multi-hit games in three of his last four games and raised his batting average from .222 to .333 on the year.
Avery Making an Impact
• Senior Cletis Avery has stolen 12 bases on the season to lead the team and rank third in the Big South in that category.
• The senior second baseman also leads the team and the Big South in sacrifice bunts this season with six sac bunts to date. He ranks 17th in the nation in that category.
• Avery has raised his average to .253 over his last seven games, going 8-for-24 (.333) with four walks, two doubles, a homer, three runs, nine RBIs and three stolen bases.