Few are the college baseball games – or any baseball games, for that matter – in which nine runs in a single inning do not come in handy.
Such was the case on Tuesday as Presbyterian score nine in the fifth inning to close out the home schedule with an 11-7 victory over Georgia State on senior day at the PC Baseball Complex.
Prior to first pitch, the Blue Hose honored their six seniors. Pitchers Chase Blueberg, Jackson Dean and Colton Springs, as well as catcher Michael Varga, infielder Jonathan White and outfielder Nick Guimbarda, were recognized.
With three games left in the regular season, PC edged above the .500 mark with 27 wins and 26 losses. Georgia State fell to 14-39. The Blue Hose improved to 16-7 at home.
In the fifth, following a double from Andrew Livingston and a bunt single from Zacchaeus Rasberry, Jonathan White doubled to left center to score both and push the lead to 4-1. PC added a run off of a fielder’s choice from Jimmy Marcelli before an RBI single from Jeremiah Boyd made it 6-1.
With the bases loaded and one out, Garrett Jones and Rasberry drew bases-loaded walks around a hit-by-pitch from Livingston and the Blue Hose had a 9-1 lead.
PC capped off the nine-run fifth with an RBI single from White and a fielder’s choice off the bat of Guimbarda to give Presbyterian an 11-1 lead thru 4-1/2 innings.
Georgia State answered with five in the sixth and added one more in the ninth before Springs closed it out.
Austin Paradis (3-1) was the winner. Brendon Case (0-2) took the loss.
Rasberryled the Blue Hose with three hits, including a double and his 18th stolen base of the year. Whiteand Livingston each added a pair of hits as White drove in three runs. Jones added a pair of RBIs for the Blue Hose.
The Blue Hose hit the road for their final Big South series of the season as they travel to Charleston Southern for a three-game series against the Buccaneers beginning Thursday night at 6 p.m.