An early 5 run lead helped Presbyterian hold off Charleston Southern on Friday afternoon as the Bucs fell to PC 7-4.
The Blue Hose got on the board in the first inning, when a three run home run put them on top, 3-0. They added two more in the third, one off a single and the other from a rundown, to make it 5-0.
The Bucs cut into the PC lead in the fourth inning when Derek Horton’s single brought home two runs. Horton finished the game 3-for-4 with two RBI.
Presbyterian added a run on wild pitches in the fifth and sixth innings to move out to a 7-2 lead. CSU attempted their comeback in the seventh inning. Back-to-back doubles from Josh Litchfield and Kyle Vesnesky lead off the inning to score a run. Vesnesky later scored on a sacrifice fly from Jason Miller. The Bucs had other opportunities for runs, but batted 3-14 with runners on base.
Tanner Chock (2-1) got the win for Presbyterian. He threw six innings and allowed four runs on seven hits, three walks, and five strikeouts.
Daniel Johnson (0-3) took the loss for CSU, pitching three innings with four hits, five runs, four earned, two walks, and three strikeouts.
Ryan Hedrick (2) picked up the save for Presbyterian, working one perfect inning and one strikeout.
News & Notes
The four doubles CSU hit today ties a season high. The other four double performance came in an extra innings game with Savannah State.
The CSU pitching staff only allowed five hits today, which is tied for the second fewest hits allowed this season.
With Derek Horton’s three hits today, the Bucs have now had a player collect three hits in two straight games. Alex Andronica hit safely three times on Wednesday against USC Upstate.
Wil Hartsell made his team leading 11th appearance of the season.
CSU will continue their Big South Conference series with Presbyterian on Saturday. First pitch at the PC Baseball Complex is set for 2 p.m.