No. 10 USC AIKEN 13, LINCOLN MEMORIAL 8
The 10th-ranked USC Aiken baseball team scored 12 of its 13 runs in the final four innings in a come-from-behind 13-8 victory over Lincoln Memorial on Saturday at Roberto Hernandez Stadium.
The Pacers (2-0) entered the bottom of the eighth inning down 8-7 to the Railsplitters (0-2). They took the lead in that frame when Bryce Baur blasted a two-run tater, also scoring South Aiken alum Grayson Smith, who had walked earlier in the inning.
The two-run shot by Baur would be the first two of six runs in the bottom of the eighth for the Pacers.
Shortly after Baur’s home run, Ty Barkell tripled in Josh Miller to give the Pacers a 10-8 advantage. With Barkell on third, Dylan Durham then bunted him in to leave the Pacers with an 11-8 lead.
Ben Donath then doubled in two more runs for USCA to give it a five-run win. The Pacers ended the win out-hitting the Railsplitters, 19-10.
Six different Pacers finished with multiple hits in the contest with Baur leading the way with three hits, three RBIs and one run scored. Sean Miller also had three hits in the game, scoring one run and driving in another.
Miller, Barkell, Donath and Bill Gerstenslager each had two hits in the contest. Lincoln Memorial was led by Andre Rodriquez with three hits and two runs scored.
Six different Pacers pitched in the contest with reliever Cole Lee getting the win. Lee (1-0) pitched 11/3 innings and struck out one. Overall, the six pitchers combined for eight strikeouts.
Lincoln Memorial reliever Hunter Hill (0-1) was saddled with the loss. Hill gave up five runs in a third of an inning on the mound.
USCA will try to sweep Lincoln Memorial for the second season in a row today. The final game of the three-game, season-opening series will start at 1 p.m. at Roberto Hernandez Stadium, with the Pacers sending Wyatt Brown to the hill to face Lincoln Memorial’s Austin Johnson.
Staff photo by Jeremy Timmerman USC Aiken's Bryce Baur prepares for contact with a go-ahead two-run home run against Lincoln Memorial on Saturday.×
Staff photo by Jeremy Timmerman USC Aiken's Ty Barkell slides into home to score on a bunt single by Strom Thurmond grad Dylan Durham.×
Staff photo by Jeremy Timmerman USC Aiken's Josh Miller (8) and Grayson Smith (12) celabrate with Bryce Baur after Baur's two-run home run gave the Pacers the lead over Lincoln Memorial on Saturday.×
Staff photo by Jeremy Timmerman USC Aiken's Cole Lee delivers home against Lincoln Memorial on Saturday. Lee was credited with the win after 1 1/3 innings of scoreless work.×