Presbyterian Outlasts Upstate in Slugfest

April 21, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Tyler Weyenberg had four hits and three RBIs to lead Presbyterian to a 16-11 victory over USC Upstate Tuesday afternoon from the PC Baseball Complex.

Seven hitters in the Presbyterian lineup had at least two hits as the Blue Hose finished with 19 hits.

Zach Krider and Erik Samples led the offensive attack for Upstate with three hits apiece. Samples has now reached base in 25 straight games.

Upstate opened the game with consecutive singles from Daniel Fickas, Samples and Krider to load the bases off starting pitcher Trey Hayes. First baseman Charlie Carpenter followed with a towering grand slam home run over the left field wall to up his team-leading RBI total to 38.

Presbyterian used an RBI double from Cam McRae and an RBI groundout by Jacob Midkiff in the bottom half to cut the Upstate lead in half.

Samples turned in his team-leading 14th double of the season in the second inning and came around to score when Krider singled up the middle to give Upstate a 5-2 advantage. Samples has now reached base in 25 consecutive games and stands in sole possession on the Upstate’s all-time doubles list with 31.

Two-run singles from Weyenberg and Jay Lizanich and a three-run home run by AJ Priaulx in the third inning highlighted an eight-run inning and put the Blue Hose ahead 10-5.

Krider singled home Jaden Savage in the fourth inning to register his third hit and second RBI of the game. Upstate added a second run later in the frame on a fielding error by Lizanich to pull within three runs.

After Weyenberg delivered an RBI single in the fourth inning, Upstate answered with a run in the top of the fifth on an RBI groundout from Fickas to cut the deficit to 11-8. But the Blue Hose used a two-run single from Peter Johnson in the bottom half to regain a five-run lead.

Upstate continued to chip away at the lead with three runs in the seventh inning to trail by two runs. Jordan Miller drove in the first run with a double to right-centerfield to plate Fowlkes, and Samples laced a two-run single to left three batters later to drive in Miller and Fickas.

Presbyterian added three insurance runs in the eighth on an error, an RBI double from Billy Motroni and an RBI single by Lizanich.

Russell Thompson was credited with the win, Tyler Jackson took the loss and Hayden Deal picked up the save.

Upstate returns to the diamond Wednesday at 6 p.m. when the Spartans host Wofford from Harley Park.