North Carolina Central Sports Information
CLINTON, S.C. – North Carolina Central University hit the ground running as it scored five runs before recording just the second out of the game, but Presbyterian made a late charge and the Eagles were able to hold off the Blue Hose for a 14-7 final score at the PC Baseball Complex on Wednesday, March 7.
NCCU (10-3) has now won five-straight games, and are outscoring opponents 65-26. The Eagles scored six runs on six hits in the first frame and batted around to set a strong tone early in the contest. Both Andrew Valichka (Pedricktown, N.J.) and Corey Joyce (Lexington, N.C.) knocked doubles in the inning, and Joyce collected the first RBI of the afternoon.
PC (5-8) picked up two runs in the second inning and then held the Eagles quiet until the fifth inning. Zach Michalski (Belews Creek, N.C.) created some separation for the Eagles on his second homer of the year, a two-run lift that moved NCCU ahead 8-2 at the midway point.
PC came surging back in the seventh and eighth innings with five runs including a three-run blast from Jonathan White (Lawrenceville, Ga.) in the eighth frame, but the Eagles answered with six runs in the eighth and ninth innings.
NCCU compiled four runs in the ultimate inning of the context, with Valichka delivering a decisive blow with a bases-clearing three-RBI double for the Eagles’ final runs of the game.
Defensively, NCCU closed the game on a double play on the combination of Dominic Cuevas (Gurnee, Ill.), Joyce, and Michalski.
The Eagles used a full pitching staff and Chris Kernen (Greensboro, N.C.) got his second win of the year. Valichka was responsible for three RBI in the game on a pair of doubles, and Michalski reached three RBI as well on two hits.
NCCU will enter MEAC Southern Division play on Friday, March 9 with a doubleheader at North Carolina A&T to start a three-game series.