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No. 11 baseball swept in doubleheader finale at USC-Lancaster

February 13, 2016

LANCASTER, S.C. — The No. 11 NJCAA, Division II Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) baseball team capped its four-game, season-opening series at USC-Lancaster, dropping Saturday’s (Feb. 13) doubleheader 20-13 and 5-4.

The Patriots (1-3) split Friday’s doubleheader but had a pair of innings Saturday cost them in each game. A 10-run, third inning in Game 1 erased a 6-1 lead, and a three-run rally in the sixth in Game 2 squashed the Patriots’ 4-2 advantage, helping the Lancers (7-1) earn the sweep.

Freshman Henry Duval (Puerto Rico) hit a pinch-hit home run in Game 1 on the first pitch of his first collegiate at bat. Sophomore (Richmond, Va.) Jose Castro and freshman Cody Powers (Mechanicsville, Va.) had three-hit games. Castro also hit home run and finished with five RBI. Powers added a pair of doubles and four RBI.

Sophomore Ryan Coale (Lexington, Va.) had two RBI and freshman Brandon Nania (Murrysville, Pa.) added two runs and an RBI in Game 1, as well. The Patriots had five errors in the game but only accounted for two unearned runs. USC-Lancaster had four errors leading to three unearned runs and out-hit PHCC 21-17.

Sophomore Anthony Zona (Mechanicsville, Va.) pitched six innings and allowed four runs and seven hits in the Game 2 loss. He pitched into the sixth but go into early trouble and Robert Fitzwater (Suffolk, Va.) was unable to contain the rally.

Sophomore Jonah McReynolds (Martinsville, Va.) hit a homer in the loss while Powers added another double while sophomore Rashad Stewart (Dinwiddie, Va.) had three hits, including a double.

“Zona gave us the start we were looking for (in Game 2),” Patriots coach Frank Jagoda said. “Bottom line is we need to play in all phases of the game. It starts on the mound and it continues on the defensive end. We swung the bats well all weekend but we need to be able to defend. We weren’t able to piece all three phases together this weekend.

“The way we put together team at bats I think will give us momentum heading into next weekend.”

The Patriots will open their home schedule Feb. 20 at Hooker Field against another Region X, Division I opponent, Louisburg College. The home-and-home doubleheader series will finish in North Carolina Feb. 21.

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