LEXINGTON, Va. -- Putting together five hits in the bottom of the seventh inning, the VMI baseball team secured its first Big South Conference win of the 2012 season, upending Presbyterian College 10-5 on Friday afternoon in game one of a three-game series.
Coby Cowgill earned the win, improving to 4-0 in the process, while John Garrett earned his second save of the year. Bud Jeter was charged with the loss, while an additional three pitchers, Tim Corbin, Buck Mosteller and Nick Ferguson, all saw action out of the bullpen for Presbyterian.
VMI's runs in the home half of the seventh came with two outs looming on the board. After George Piccirill grounded out and Cameron Walter popped to first the Keydets drove in five runs. Jacob Morley was intentionally walked, but Gary LeClair made the Blue Hose (9-15) pay as he drove in pair of runs on his single.
Despite the two outs, the Keydets kept hitting. Berkley Hawkins plated another two runs on his double down the left field line. Nick Dwyer eventually brought home Hawkins for the Keydets' fifth run.
After VMI (7-14, 1-3 BSC) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead at the end of the third, Presbyterian (9-15, 0-4 BSC) put up four runs in the fourth, thanks in large part to Tony Micklon's three-run home run. The Blue Hose got their fourth run of the frame after Andrew Williams put down a sacrifice bunt, pushing Jay Lizanich to second. Gabe Grammer stepped up singled up the middle to get Lizanich around to home.
Piccirilli had a solid outing at the plate for the Keydets, putting up three hits in four at bats. LeClair also had a nice afternoon, getting three hits on five at bats while tallying three runs and driving in another pair.
Hawkins logged three hits in his three at bats, including his first career home run, which drove in two runs, hitting it off the Gray-Minor Stadium scoreboard in the sixth inning, driving in LeClair. The Keydets had 36 at bats, getting hits in 15 of those chances.
The Blue Hose also logged a home run as Micklon put one out of play in the fourth inning. The three run homer tied the game at 3-3 before Grammer hit his single to give Presbyterian its only lead of the day.
VMI and Presbyterian return to action on Saturday for game two. The opening pitch is set for 2 p.m. at Gray-Minor Stadium.