Pacers sweep past Patriots to open conference play

USC Aiken

The Pacers opened Peach Belt Conference play on a high note, sweeping Francis Marion in three games. Left-hander Derek Beasley had another strong outing in the opener, throwing 5.1 shutout innings with no walks and four strikeouts. He has still yet to allow an earned run through four starts totaling 23 innings, striking out 19. Danny Wissmann was again up to the task of matching Beasley in the second game, throwing five no-hit innings with nine strikeouts. Taylor Peed followed with 11 strikeouts over 6.1 innings in the third game, allowing two runs on three hits.

 

First baseman Ty Barkell had two big games over the weekend, recording five hits, including two doubles and a home run, with six RBI, two walks and a stolen base. Barkell is up to .333 on the season with three homers. Tyler Moore had a tremendous weekend, going 8 for 14 with a double, triple and four RBI. He also added two walks and four stolen bases in the three games, and is now hitting .453 with eight stolen bases. Moore has seven consecutive games with multiple hits.

 

The Pacers are now 10-2, 3-0 in the conference. They will travel to Flagler for three this coming weekend.

 

Georgia Regents

The Jaguars suffered through a tough weekend, dropping three straight to Columbus State. Tristan Jones rebounded from a couple rough outings to post 3.2 solid relief innings in the second game, allowing one run with no walks and four strikeouts. Fellow freshman Will Robertson got the start in the third game, allowing three earned and five total in 4.2 innings.

 

There were few bright spots offensively for the Jaguars. JD Sabo recorded three hits and two stolen bases. Hunter Boose fell back to earth after earning Division II Hitter of the Week the previous weekend, going 1 for 11.

 

The Jaguars will split a two-game series between home and away with Erskine on Friday and Saturday. The home game is Saturday.

 

Georgia

The Bulldogs lost two to Florida State, and the series finale was canceled and will not be made up. Jess Posey, brother of former Florida State standout and world champion Buster Posey, stuck it to the Seminoles on Friday with three hits, including a home run and two RBI. Hunter Cole went 2 for 4 with a double, homer and three RBI on Saturday. Cole has five doubles and two homers this season.

 

Sean McLaughlin was bumped back a day to Saturday, allowing three runs on four hits in four innings, walking three and striking out one. Ryan Lawlor was moved up to Friday but allowed five runs in three innings, walking five. Georgia is still searching for consistent starters out of this group. It still has time to feel things out before conference play begins in mid-March.

 

The Bulldogs play host to Furman today and Georgia State on Wednesday. Binghamton comes to Athens for the weekend.

 

Georgia Tech

The Yellow Jackets swept UNC Greensboro over three games. Jonathan King had a solid start in the first game, allowing one hit over five scoreless innings. The left-hander has allowed three runs with six strikeouts in nine innings. Cole Pitts had a solid second game, allowing three hits over five scoreless innings, striking out six. Josh Heddinger followed with a good third game, allowing two runs in 5.1 innings with six strikeouts.

 

Thomas Smith went 5 for 11 with two home runs and six RBI in the three games. The big blow was a 3 for 3 day that included a home run and four RBI on Friday. The two home runs were his first two this season and he's hitting .292.

 

Georgia Tech will play host to Kennesaw State on Wednesday and Bowling Green for the weekend.

 

Georgia Southern

The Eagles demolished Maryland Eastern Shore for four games. Sam Howard had another impressive start in the opener, striking out 12 while allowing just hits over seven scoreless innings. Harlem product Josh Wirsu rebounded from a tough outing against Georgia to allow three unearned runs on one hit in five innings in the second game. Ryan Frederick had a solid fourth game, allowing one run on five hits in 5.1 innings.

 

Most Eagle batters had good weekends. Chase Griffin was among them, going 6 for 14 with two doubles, a home run and seven RBI. Stryker Brown is off to a good start this season and had another good weekend, going 6 for 13 with a double, two home runs and 10 RBI. Dalton Busby broke out with a big weekend, going 7 for 17 with two doubles, two home runs and seven RBI. Busby showed excellent mechanics at shortstop during the Georgia series, including fluid feet and a good arm.

 

The Eagles travel to Mercer on Wednesday and play host to Ohio on Friday.

 

Clemson

The Tigers took care of Maine in three games. Daniel Gossett was good in the series opener, allowing one run on four hits in seven innings, striking out seven. Matthew Crownover pitched a solid five innings in the second game, and Jake Long did the same over six innings in the third game.

 

Tyler Krieger has been on fire to start the year, recording 10 hits in 20 at-bats, including one double and four walks. Garrett Boulware has nine hits in 21 at-bats, including two doubles and three walks.

 

Clemson plays host to Presbyterian today and has the hyped series against South Carolina this weekend. The Gamecocks play host Friday, the two play at Greenville on Saturday and Clemson plays host Sunday.

 

Other notes

Kennesaw State's Max Pentecost hit his first home run of the season in Sunday's win over Gardner-Webb, going 2 for 4 with three RBI. Pentecost has 15 hits in 37 at-bats, recording five doubles and seven RBI. Reports said his home run Sunday was an absolute blast, and his bat is living up to the status so far in his junior season.

 

Mercer remains undefeated at 8-0 after sweeping Evansville over the weekend. Chesny Young has eight hits in 24 at-bats, including two doubles, three walks and three RBI.

 

South Carolina's pitching staff hasn't allowed a run in the past five games and has allowed just six in its seven games this season. Although the Gamecocks have a very good lineup, the pitching staff has stolen the show so far.

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