The Presbyterian College softball team was defeated by Campbell in a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at home.
PC fell in game one, 7-0, and then dropped the second contest, 13-6. The pair of losses brings the Blue Hose to 11-37-2 on the year, 1-19 against Big South opponents.
Casey Gerhard led the Blue Hose offensive charge in the second game of the day. The senior was 3-3, highlighted by a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning. She led the team with her three hits, but four teammates also had a multi-hit game. Jonnie Petree, Ansley Wilbanks, Kiley Kross, and Courtney White all had a pair of hits in the second half of the twinbill. Wilbanks, Kross, and White also each drove in a run. Petree collected her 31st stolen base of the season in the defeat and is now two away from tying the PC Division I single-season record.
Petree led the team with a pair of hits in the opening contest. Wilbanks, White, and Chelsea Lyons also collected singles in the game.
The Blue Hose will play their final series of the season next weekend against Longwood. PC is slated to face the Lancers in a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. Senior day festivities are scheduled to take place prior to the start of Sunday’s game, beginning at 1 p.m.
The Longwood Lancers pulled away in the second half with nine unanswered goals to spoil Senior Day for the Presbyterian College women’s lacrosse team, as the Lancers picked up a 22-9 victory on Saturday at Bailey Memorial Stadium. Longwood was led by Kaitlin Luccarelli’s nine points (8G-1A) and Emma Johnson’s seven goals. Senior Natalie Barnett led the Blue Hose with seven points (4G-3A).
Marshall scored her team-leading 30th goal of the season at 28:50 of the second half and cut the deficit to three, 10-7. Longwood scored the next three goals before Berg scored her 11th of the season, assisted by Marshall, with 21:40 remaining. Megan Dreyer then scored a beautiful goal among traffic at 20:43, assisted by Barnett, to make it a four-goal game again at 13-9.
It was all Longwood from there, though. Presbyterian College ends the year with an overall record of 1-16 (0-6 Big South), while Longwood improves to 8-8 (5-1 Big South) and is one of four teams to advance to the Big South Tournament.
Longwood saw large advantages in shots, 38-14, shots on goal, 29-14, and draw controls, 23-9. The Lancers saw a slight edge in groundballs, 12-10, and caused turnovers were tied 6-6.
Presbyterian College finished 10that the Big South Men’s Golf Championship on Thursday with an aggregate of 944 (312, 313, 319) at The Patriot Golf Course (par-72, 7120 yards) in Ninety Six.
Ben Pirro (t33) led the Blue Hose with a two-day score of 232 (75, 78, 79) and finished just ahead of AJ Nolin (t35) who shot 233 (78, 78, 77). Seniors Weston Sanders (40) and Cole Patterson (44) shot 236 (82, 75, 79) and 243 (77, 82, 84) respectively in their final collegiate tournaments. Nat Simkins alternated in as the fifth golfer for the final two rounds and shot 166 (82, 84).
Campbell’s Jesper Svensson claimed individual medalist honors at 207 (71, 65, 71).
Host Radford defeated the Presbyterian men on Thursday afternoon in the Big South tennis quarterfinals, 4-1. The Blue Hose finish the 2018-19 season with a 13-14 record.
“First off, big congrats to Radford today,” said head coach Patrick Fediuk. “It’s pretty simple: they outplayed us for large stretches of the match, and that’s a huge credit to them.”
The Blue Hose began the match by dropping the doubles point to Radford with loses on courts two and three. Max Benson and Jaime Castillo-Lopez, as well as Alberto Conde and Vance Mercer, fell 6-4 to their opponents. Oscar Alvarez and Daniel Stenger did not finish their match on court one.
In singles action, the Highlanders jumped out to a 3-0 advantage with straight set wins on courts four and six. Stenger brought the score to 3-1 with a straight-set victory of his own on court one, playing an extra game in the second set. Shortly afterward, Alvarez was defeated on court three and Radford clinched the match. Benson was in the third set of his match on court two after rallying to win the second. Conde won a tiebreaker, 7-1 in his first set, and was knotted up at three in the second when the match ended.
“I can’t say enough about how our guys dug deep when it was looking very bleak out there,” continued Fediuk. “We were down 3-0 and guys hung around and gave themselves an opportunity. It makes be proud to be their coach and Blue Hose Nation should be proud of them, too.”
The Presbyterian College women’s tennis team was defeated by UNC Asheville in the Big South Quarterfinals on Wednesday afternoon, 4-2. PC concludes the 2018-19 season with a record of 17-7, with a 7-2 Big South regular season mark.
PC began the match by dropping the doubles point. Beth Taylor and Katie Thompson were upended on court three and then Samantha Calais and Jessica Leeman fell on court two to give the Bulldogs the first point of the match. Sydney Patton and Tracy Johnson did not complete their match on court one.
The Blue Hose bounced back in singles action. Leeman, playing on court four, grabbed the first victory of the day for the Blue Hose to tie the match at one. On court two, Calais gave PC a 2-1 advantage in the match with a straight-set victory. The sophomore did not lose a single game in the deciding second set. UNC Asheville then won the next three contests that finished, clinching the match. Ella Rowley did not finish her match on court six, after having fought back from a 5-1 deficit to force a tiebreaker in the first set.
“All season we were able to put pressure on our opponent and come out on the good end,” said head coach Steve Brooks. “Today, it was Asheville that came out on top. They played us very well on courts 1, 3, and 5 and that was the difference.”