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PC Outlasts Wofford, 6-5, in 10 Innings
SPARTANBURG – Peter Johnson doubled to lead off the 10th inning and Cletis Avery later drove in him with an RBI groundout to second to put PC ahead for the 6-5 win over Wofford on Tuesday night at Russell C. King Stadium. PC splits the season series with the Terriers with the win and improves to 13-11 overall on the year.
With PC leading 5-4 in the ninth, Derek Hirsch hit an RBI single to right to plate Carson Waln from third base and tie the game at 5-5. Then in the top of the 10th, with the bases loaded and one out, Avery drilled a ball right at the second baseman Alec Paradowski that he knocked down and corralled for the out but Johnson scored the go-ahead run on the play to give the Blue Hose the 6-5 victory.
Avery went 2-for-6 on the night with two RBIs to push his season total to 13. Colton Chapman was 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI in his sixth start of the year, while Johnson went 2-for-5 with two runs to lead PC. Tyler Weyenberg had an RBI single in the eighth inning to extend his PC record hitting streak to 19 games.
Hayden Deal (1-0) earned the victory with 2.0 innings of relief work in his longest outing of the season. He allowed a hit and an unearned run with no walks and four strikeouts to earn the victory. The loss went to Wofford reliever Will Stillman (1-1), as he allowed one run on two hits with two walks against two strikeouts.
PC starter David Sauer did not factor in the decision but recorded one of his best starts of the year, going 6.0 innings and allowing just two first-inning runs on five hits with four strikeouts against two walks. After the opening frame, Sauer faced just two above the minimum over the next five innings, retiring 15 of the 19 batters to come to the plate.
Wofford got on the board first with two runs in the bottom of the first. The first two in the inning reached on a walk and single with a balk putting runners on second and third with no outs. A groundout plated the first run of the game, before a two-out, RBI single by Dylan May drove in the second to give the Terriers a 2-0 lead.
PC tied the game with two runs in the top of the fourth. Chapman and Johnson singled back-to-back to start the inning and Auckland followed with a walk to load the bases. A 6-3 double play allowed the first run to come home, while putting a runner on third with two outs. Weyenberg then reached on an error to score Johnson from third and tie the game at 2-2.
PC added a run in the fifth to take the lead. Weston Jackson led off the inning with a walk, before moving to second on a fly out and to third on a groundout. Chapman then hit an RBI single to center to score him and give the Blue Hose the 3-2 advantage.
The Blue Hose tacked on a pair of runs in the eighth with all of the action coming with two outs. Brett Auckland singled to right and moved to second on a bobble and Patrick Burt followed with a single to put runners on the corners, as Evan Troutt came on to pitch run for Burt at first. Weyenberg then singled to center to extend his hitting streak and plate Auckland from third to extend the lead to two runs.
Troutt would move to third on the single and Weyenberg was able to advance on an error by the centerfielder to put runners on second and third. Avery then singled deep in the hole between third and short to drive in Troutt and give PC the 5-2 lead.
Wofford responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning. A leadoff single and a walk put two runners with no outs in the frame. Three batters later, with runners on second and third with two outs, Brett Hash hit a two-RBI double to right to cut the PC lead to 5-4.
In the ninth, the Terriers tied the game on a hit and two PC errors. Waln reached to lead off the inning on an error but Deal followed with a strikeout for the first out. A fielding error then allowed Demetrius Jennings to reach base and put runners on second and third with just one out. Hirsch followed with the single through the right side to plate Waln but Jackson would nail Jennings at plate for the 9-2 putout and keep the game tied at 5-5. Deal then got Paradowski to strikeout swinging to send the inning and send the game to extras.
In the top of the 10th, PC loaded the bases with no outs, as Johnson doubled, Auckland walked and Rob Koski singled. After a foul out to third for the first out, Avery then grounded out to second to plate Johnson and give PC the lead with runners still at second and third. Stillman got a strikeout to end the inning and strand both runners with his team trailing 6-5.
In the bottom half, Deal retired the side in order, getting a groundout to short and back-to-back strikeouts clinch the 6-5 victory for the Blue Hose.
Hirsch led the Terriers with a 3-for-4 night at the plate with a run and an RBI. Hash went 2-for-5 with two RBIs, while Paradowski was 1-for-3 with two walks and two runs.
It was the first extra-inning victory for PC this season in its second such game. The last PC win in extra innings came last season when the Blue Hose topped Charleston Southern, 5-4, in 11 innings in Charleston, S.C.
PC returns to action this weekend with a three-game series at UNC Asheville, beginning on Friday.