USC Aiken takes two from Augusta State

USC Aiken 2-13, Augusta State 1-0

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USC Aiken went about the two games of its doubleheader in different ways but both contests ended with the same result.

The Pacers held Augusta State to one run in Sunday’s twin bill at Lake Olmstead Stadium, taking the first game 2-1 before rolling to a 13-0 victory in the nightcap.

Two seventh-inning runs put the Pacers ahead in the first game.

Augusta State (6-13, 1-8 Peach Belt) struck first in the third inning when Kevin Dodson singled in a run. The lead remained intact through six behind six scoreless innings from Josh Barks, but a leadoff double and error led to the runs in the seventh, including an RBI single by Stephen Carmon to break the tie.

Despite eight baserunners between the sixth and ninth innings, the Jaguars failed to score. They left five on base, and two were cut down on the basepaths between attempting to go first to third on a single in the seventh and a steal attempt with the tying run on third in the ninth.

“It was a close ballgame, and we scratched two across there to win,” Pacers coach Kenny Thomas said. “The last inning was tough. It was really a tough ninth inning. I don’t know we got out of it, but we did.”

USC Aiken (12-4, 6-3) received six strong innings from Ryan Milewski, allowing one run on four hits while walking three and striking out three.

The Pacers unleashed their offense in the second game.

It took the third inning before the Pacers got on the board, but they scored 10 runs between the sixth and eighth innings. Carmon led the onslaught with two hits and four RBI, while Josh Miller went 3 for 4 with three RBI.

Former Augusta Christian standout Tyler Bourdo had two hits
including a homer for the Pacers, and Bill Gerstenslager hit a two-run home run. For the series, Gerstenslager went 5 for 11 with two home runs and four RBI.

Former Harlem star Derek Beasley pitched six shutout innings on three hits while walking three and striking out nine for the Pacers.


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