How It Happened
PC got on the board first with a lone run in the bottom of the second. Connor Slagill hit his third home run of the season with a drive to left field to put his team in front 1-0.
Gardner-Webb got its lone run of the game in fourth inning. After a flyout, Chandler Redmond and Gage Parham got back-to-back singles with Mason Fox reaching on a hit-by-pitch to load the bases with one out. Chris Clary then drew a bases loaded walk to bring in Redmond and tie the game at 1-1. PC starter Hayden Deal would minimize the damage with a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Neither team would manage to scratch across a run through the remainder of regulation, sending the game to extra innings tied at 1-1.
In the 10th, Casaceli was hit by a pitch and Brett Auckland slapped one through the left side to put the first two aboard in the ninth. Richardson then placed a perfect bunt on the third base side and a wild throw by the Gardner-Webb pitcher got by the first baseman and allowed Casaceli to score from second to end the game and give PC the 2-1 victory to take the series.
Pitchers of Record
PC reliever Eric Miles (5-0) earned the win with more good work out of the bullpen, tossing 3.0 scoreless innings in relief in which he allowed four hits and one walk against three strikeouts.
GWU reliever Wil Sellers (3-3) suffered the loss, allowing one run on one hit with three walks and two hit batters in 1.1 innings of work. Sellers exited the game in the ninth with both runners on base his responsibility.
Player of the Game
TJ Richardson had two hits in the contest for his ninth multi-hit game of the season and his third of the weekend. The catcher singled twice in the game and is now batting a team-high .308 on the season, after going 6-for-12 on the weekend.
- Hayden Deal turned in another quality start on Sunday, allowing just one run on five hits with eight strikeouts against three walks and three hit batters. The lefty faced just one over the minimum in his final three innings of work to keep the game locked at 1-1.
- Brett Auckland singled in the ninth inning to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, tied for the longest by a PC player this season. Cletis Avery had an 11-game hitting streak earlier this season.
- PC wins its second straight one-run game, both by a score of 2-1 over the Runnin’ Bulldogs, and is now 11-8 in games decided by a lone run this season.
- Today’s game was the fourth extra-inning contest of the year for PC and the second against a Big South opponent. The Blue Hose are now 2-2 in extra innings this season, having won each of their last two.
PC will play two midweek games for the final time this season, traveling to Davidson on Tuesday before hosting USC Upstate on Wednesday in the final home game of the season. The Blue Hose break for exams following the midweek action with no games on the schedule for next weekend.