FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. –In their second game of the Big South baseball tournament, Presbyterian simply couldn’t keep up the pace.

Winthop pounded the Blue Hose, 12-5, forcing PC to play a second Thursday game against High Point at Segra Stadium. That elimination game begins at 4 p.m.

The Blue Hose overcame a 3-0 deficit and grabbed a 4-3 lead. After four innings, it was 5-5, before the deluge.

First baseman Ashby Smith paced the Blue Hose with a pair of hits, including his fifth home run of the season and his 13th double. Left fielder Matt Burke hit his second home run of the season.


Nate Pawelczk (9-4), who threw seven innings and 114 pitches, took the win for the Eagles. Jackson Dean (6-5) gave up eight earned runs and predictably took the loss.

Winthrop (33-21) got on the board in the opening inning with a three-run home run by first baseman Grant English.

Presbyterian (30-28) answered in the second with an RBI single from White to cut the Eagles lead to 3-1. Burke gave the Blue Hose a lead with a three-run home run to make it 4-3 Presbyterian after 1.5 innings.

In the fourth, the Eagles regained the lead with a two-run home run, also by English, to give Winthrop a 5-4 lead.

The Blue Hose evened the game up at five the next half inning with a Smith home run.

The Eagles outhit the Blue Hose 15-6. Alex Raines and English each had three of them.