Presbyterian, Liberty and Gardner-Webb Pick Up Wins Sunday


The Blue Hose scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to break open a 2-2 tie as the Presbyterian College baseball team took the 6-3 win over Charleston Southern in the series finale this afternoon at the PC Baseball Complex.

PC took the series win over CSU and improved to 18-22 overall and 6-9 in the Big South.  The Bucs fell to 16-27, 7-8.

CSU struck first with a run in the second inning after Robbie Streett led off with a double down the left field line and scored two batters later off a RBI single by Harrison Wilkins.

With one out in the bottom of the second, Nate Chong hit a single to right and, after advancing to second on a wild pitch, scored when Gabe Grammer tripled to right.  Brandon Paul plated Grammer the next at-bat with a single up the middle as PC took the 2-1 lead.

CSU tied the game in the top of the sixth when Streett scored from first off a double by Wilkins with two outs.  Wilkins attempted to stretch it to a double and was tagged out to end the inning.

The Bucs threatened in the top of the seventh with runners on second and third with two outs.  Chase Shelton hit a line drive that looked to sail over the second baseman but Andrew Williams made a spectacular leaping catch to save at least two runs and end the inning.

With one out in the bottom of the seventh Charleston Southern walked Williams.  Billy Motroni singled the next at bat and after Brad Zebedis was intentionally walked the Blue Hose found the bases loaded.  With Kenny Bryant at the plate CSU threw a wild pitch that brought in Williams.  On the play, the catcher threw wide to the pitcher covering home, allowing Motroni to score as well.

Bryant struck out but Chong singled to left center the next at-bat to bring in the third run of the inning.  Robby Swab's single up the middle drove in PC's fourth and final run to make it 6-2 in favor of the Blue Hose.

CSU would score in the top of the eighth when Walt Quattlebaum came home off a wild pitch.

Grammer, who came into pitch in the eighth inning, struck out three of four batters in the top of the ninth to hold down CSU and give PC its 18th win of the season.

CSU Starter Patrick Dolan went 6.1 innings in the loss (3-4) and gave up five earned runs off seven hits.  Beau Dees (3-5) went 7.0 innings with three strikeouts in his winning effort.  He surrendered two earned runs off nine hits.

PC recorded 10 hits and one error in the game, compared to CSU which had 11 hits and one error.

Chong and Grammer led PC offensively, both going two-for-four with one RBI each.  Wilkins led CSU with a two-for-two effort with two RBI.

PC is next in action at home Wednesday, April 25 at 3 p.m. against Furman.  Charleston Southern will have a nine day lay-off before returning to the diamond on May 2 as they travel to Statesboro, Ga. to take on Georgia Southern.  First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

Dalton Sype and Alex Close each hit home runs, as the Liberty Flames used a six-run seventh inning to pull away from the UNC Asheville Bulldogs in a 16-6 victory, Sunday afternoon in a Big South Conference contest at Greenwood Field.

Close had two hits, including his round tripper, and drove in a game-high four runs for the Flames.  Right fielder Justin Sizemore added three hits and three runs for the Flames.

Liberty moves to 10-5 in Big South play and 32-12 overall.  Liberty's 16 runs were the most in a game for the Flames this season.  UNC Asheville falls to 8-10 in conference and 19-22 overall.

Liberty opened the game with two runs in the first inning.  Left fielder Ian Parmley beat out an infield single and stole second to begin the game.  The next batter, center fielder Ryan Cordell, reached on a fielder's choice to put Flames at the corners and no one out.  Second baseman Bryan Aanderud followed with a ground out to plate Parmley with the first run of the contest.  Justin Sizemore then brought home Cordell with a single to left field, putting Liberty in front, 2-0.

UNC Asheville scored three runs in the second to stake itself to a 3-2 advantage.  Designated hitter Billy Creighton began the bottom half of the inning with his fifth home run of the season to get the Bulldogs on the scoreboard.  Catcher Ian Graham walked and moved to second on a fielder's choice grounder by left fielder Cody Adkins. Two batters later, shortstop Jordan Lurie grounded into a fielder's choice with the bases loaded, plating Graham and tying the game at 2-2.  Center fielder Thomas Bess followed with a run-scoring single, giving the Bulldogs a short-lived, 3-2.

Both teams tallied runs in the third.  Liberty sent 10 men to the plate in the top of the inning, scoring four runs to take back the lead.  The first three batters of the frame reached, as walks to Aanderud and designated hitter Cox sandwiched a single back through the middle by Sizemore. The first two Flames runs in the inning came home, when third baseman Cody Buch misplayed a grounder by Close.  Two batters later, Sype drove in Cox with a single for a 5-3 edge.  Later, Close scored on a fly out by Parmley for a 6-3 lead.

In the bottom of the inning, the Bulldogs countered with two runs to close to within one run at 6-5.  With two outs, Graham walked.  Adkins followed with his second home run of the year over the right field fence, trimming the Liberty advantage.

Asheville tied the contest with a run in the fourth.  With one out, Laurie walked and moved to second on a single by Bess.  Right fielder Patrick Koontz followed with a single, scoring Laurie to knot the game at 6-6.

Liberty answered in the fifth. Sype led off the inning by blasting his first home run as a Flame over the left field wall, putting Liberty back in front, 7-6.

The Flames erupted for six more runs in the top of the seventh.  Four of the runs came with two outs.  Close started the uprising by blasting his team-leading seventh home run over the center field wall to open the frame and extend the Liberty lead to 8-6.          

Later in the inning, shortstop Josh Richardson singled with two out and seemed to be picked off by Bulldog reliever Adam Spracklin.  But, the throw from first baseman Hunter Bryant was dropped by Laurie at second, allowing Richardson reach safely.  Parmley followed with a single to cash in Richardson for a 9-6 advantage.  After a single by Cordell and a walk to Aanderud to load the bases, Sizemore ripped a single back through the middle of the diamond, scoring two more Flames for an 11-6 lead.  Close then capped the uprising with a two-run single, stretching the Liberty lead to 13-6.

The Flames pushed their advantage to 16-6 in the eighth.  Aanderud drove in two runs with a single, and Liberty tallied another run on a wild pitch by Asheville reliever Creighton.

The second of three Liberty pitchers in the contest, reliever Blake Forslund evens his record at 2-2.  The right-hander allowed one run on two hits in one inning of work.  He struck out one and walked one.  Jacob Kemmerer pitched five scoreless innings to earn his second save of the year.  The right-hander yielded two hits, striking out one and walking one batter.

Spracklin drops to 1-4.  The fifth Bulldog reliever in the contest, Spracklin gave up five runs on five hits.  He struck out one and walked one batter.  Asheville pitchers gave up 11 free passes in the game.

Liberty collected 13 hits in the contest.  UNC Asheville had 10 hits in the game.

The Flames will now complete a nine-game road trip on Tuesday.  Liberty will travel to Harrisonburg, Va., for their third and final meeting of the season with the James Madison Dukes.  First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.  UNC Asheville hosts Wofford in a non-conference battle at Greenwood Field Tuesday at 3 p.m. 

Andrew Barnett pitched 7.0 scoreless innings and Gardner-Webb got its offense in gear over the middle innings to capture a 5-1 win over UAB in Sunday's series finale.

Barnett (3-3) fanned two and allowed just three hits in a strong mound performance.  Jeff Howell and Adam Izokovic closed out the game for the Runnin' Bulldogs (21-20).

Scott Johnson put Gardner-Webb on top for good in the fifth inning, driving home Scott Coleman with an infield single for a 1-0 lead.

The lead grew to 3-0 in the sixth, when Henry Rundio led off with a single and moved to third after a pair of ground outs.  Dusty Quattlebaum was intentionally walked and stole second to put a pair in scoring position - and John Harris delivered a clutch, two-run single to right center to put the 'Dogs up by three runs.

A two-run single by Quattlebaum in the seventh put Gardner-Webb on top 5-0, driving home Rundio and Johnson.

UAB struck for its lone run in the eighth, getting a one-out single from Ivan De Jesus and an RBI triple from John Frost to cut the lead to 5-1.  Howell closed out the eighth without any further damage, and Izokovic pitched a scoreless ninth to seal the win.

Gardner-Webb collected eight hits in the game, getting two each from Brad Collins (2-for-4) and Rundio (2-for-4).  Quattlebaum and Harris each drove in a pair of runs for the 'Dogs.

Frost went 2-for-4 to pace UAB's six-hit offensive effort.  Dylan Munger was tagged with the loss for the Blazers, allowing four runs on five hits while striking out eight.

The Runnin' Bulldogs will return home for a four-game homestand, opening by hosting North Carolina A&T at 3:00 pm on Wednesday.