The USC Aiken softball team won the second game of its season-opening doubleheader, to split with Catawba at J.H. Satcher Field Saturday. Catawba (2-1) earned a 5-1 victory in game one, while USCA (1-1) garnered a 3-2 victory in game two.
In the first game, preseason All-Peach Belt Conference pitcher India Kornegay set a program record with 18 strikeouts in the complete game performance. Kornegay (0-1) was strong through six innings, surrendering only one run. In the seventh, the Indians loaded the bases on a hit, an error and a walk. Then, after two more strikeouts, Mollie Kovalcin hit a grand slam to put Catawba ahead for good. The home run was the second of the game for Kovalcin, as she hit a solo home run in the fourth inning.
North Augusta alum Lindsey Jones hit a solo home run in the fifth inning, providing all of the USCA offense.
The Pacers salvaged the split behind a strong pitching performance by freshman Taylor Morgan (1-0). She tossed a complete game, giving up two runs on five hits while striking out 10.
Brittney Williamson hit a solo home run for the Pacers, who got a strong performance out of Kaitlyn White, going 3-for-4 with an RBI. Sarah Montei picked up the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the fifth with her first hit as a Pacer.
USCA will be in action again today as it travels to Charlotte, N.C. to take on Queens (2-5).
No. 20 Walters State 3-4
Aiken Tech 0-3
The Aiken Tech softball team was swept in a doubleheader against NJCAA No. 20 Walters State Community College. Tiffany Osmanski took the loss in the first game and Tiffany Sellers was the hard-luck loser in the nightcap, which went eight innings.
The Knights will return to action on Friday and Saturday when they host the Aiken Tech Fastpitch Invitational at Citizens Park. They’re scheduled to play five games in two days, with contests against Heartland Community College, Chipola College and Surry Community College on Friday. On Saturday, they’ll play Shelton State Community College and Middle Georgia College.
Cape Fear 52
Aiken Tech 48
The Aiken Tech men’s basketball team suffered a loss to Cape Fear. Maurice Strong led the Knights (9-12, 3-3 Region 10) with 15 points while Keith Crump added 11 for the squad that will return to action on Tuesday at Denmark Tech.