SPRING: The Crack of the Bat
TODAY: Presbyterian College Baseball Opens 2018 Season at Home vs. La Salle
• Who: Presbyterian (0-0) vs. La Salle (0-0)
• When: Friday (2 p.m.), Saturday (DH - Noon), Sunday (11 a.m.)
• Where: PC Baseball Complex
• Live Stats: Friday | Saturday – Game 1 • Game 2 | Sunday
• Social Media – @PresbyterianBSB (Twitter) | @BlueHoseSports (Twitter/Instagram)
• Admission is free
Series History (since 2008)
• Overall - PC leads 2-1
• At PC - PC leads 2-1
PC Opens 2018 Season
• PC opens the 2018 season at home against La Salle this weekend, hosting the Explorers in a four-game series. The Blue Hose open the season at home for the first time since 2015 when they swept Delaware State in a four-game series at the PC Baseball Complex.
• PC has won six of its last seven non-conference home series dating to 2015 (three or four-game series). PC is 16-6 across those seven series for a .727 winning percentage.
• It is also the first four-game series for PC since the 2015 series against Delaware State. PC will play two four-game series at the PC Baseball Complex this season, also hosting Harvard from March 9-11.
• PC and La Salle last met in 2016 at the PC Baseball Complex in a three-game series, the only other meeting between the two. The Blue Hose won two of three, outscoring the Explorers, 19-9.
Scouting La Salle
• The Explorers went 10-41 a year ago with a 4-20 record in the Atlantic 10.
• Austin Constantini returns after leading the team last season with a .304 average and six stolen bases. Ben Faso returns to the lineup after a team-high six homers and 26 RBIs last season.
• La Salle’s top hurler from a year ago, Luke Reilly (2-6, 3.75 ERA), departs and the Explorers will look to Matt Holt to lead the staff after a 2-3 record and a 3.97 ERA across 14 appearances (10 starts) last season.
• Constantini recorded five saves out of the pen a year ago, compiling a 2.16 ERA and a .164 opponent batting average across 12 appearances.
PC Coming Off Record Season
• The Blue Hose established a number of new Division I era program records last season, under the helm of now 14-year head coach Elton Pollock.
• PC totaled 32 wins and 15 Big South victories a year ago, both Division I era program records. It was also the most victories by PC since 2000 when it won 37 games as a member of the SAC.
• PC also managed a winning record for the first time in Div. I, going 32-29 on the season for a .524 winning percentage. It was the team’s first winning record since 2001 (30-29) and its best winning percentage since 2000 when it went 37-20 for a .649 winning percentage.
• PC finished the regular season third in the Big South standings, its best ever finish, before advancing to the Big South Championship Game for the first time in program history.
• The Blue Hose have compiled 86 wins over the past three seasons, its best three-year stretch in Division I, led by head coach Elton Pollock. That is the most wins by PC in a three-year period since 2000-02 when it won 94 games.
• The 15 conference victories are tied for the most in the program’s modern era. The 1998 team went 15-3 in the SAC that season.
• PC recorded a .625 winning percentage in the Big South, its best winning percentage since joining the league and its first winning record in Big South action. The .625 conference winning percentage is the best by a PC team since 1999 when it went 12-6 in the SAC for a .667 winning percentage.
PC Returns Seven Starters
• PC returns seven starters from a year ago, five position players and a pair of starting pitchers.
• Nick Guimbarda, A.J. Priaulx, T.J. Richardson, Connor Slagill and Nick Wise each return in the field. Richardson was a first team All-Big South selection last season, while Guimbarda and Wise were named to the Big South All-Tournament team.
• Guimbarda is the leading returner for hits (60) and doubles (12) with Priaulx as the leading returner for homers (8) and RBIs (42). Wise is the leading returner for runs (34) and Richardson returns after leading the team with a .335 batting average.
• Tanner Chock and Eric Miles return on the bump for PC. Miles recorded seven wins and a 3.06 ERA a year ago, while Chock totaled 68 strikeouts and amassed 79.1 innings pitched.
• Other key returners on the mound include Ryan Hedrick, who was an honorable mention All-Big South selection last season and made 27 appearances with 10 saves, and Will Smith, who recorded a 2.77 ERA as a reliever.
• In the field, three other returners made double-digit starts in 2017. Andrew Bladt (32 starts), Thatcher Coleman (25 starts) and Colton Chapman (18 starts) each return for PC.
31st Season of PC’s Modern Era
• The 2019 season marks the 31st season of the PC Baseball program since it was reinstated in 1988. The program’s last season had been 1967 before it was revived in with the 1988 season. The Blue Hose have won 700 games over the previous 30 seasons.
• During the 30-year span, PC has seen just three coaches lead the program. Its first head coach when the program returned was Tim Corbin, who led the Blue Hose for six seasons from 1988-1993. Corbin recently won a National Championship as head coach at Vanderbilt in 2014.
• Doug Kovash took over as head coach in 1994 and would lead the program for 11 seasons. Kovash won two conference championships, coming in 1998 and 2003, and established school record for wins in a season with 40 in 1998.
• One of Corbin’s and Kovash’s former players would become PC’s third head coach, as Elton Pollock assumed the duties beginning with the 2005 season. Pollock is now in his 14th season at the helm of the program and helped lead PC through the transition to Division I.