No. 5 Pacer baseball gets another shutout

In the rubber game of its second series of the year, the nationally fifth-ranked USC Aiken baseball team claimed its second straight series victory to open the 2013 season with a 7-0 shutout victory over Carson-Newman on Sunday afternoon at Roberto Hernandez Stadium.

The shutout win is the third in the last four games for USCA (5-1).

For the second consecutive day, the USCA pitchers held Carson-Newman (3-4) in check with four Pacer pitchers holding the Eagles to just four hits. The foursome fanned eight Eagles.

USCA starter Wyatt Brown pitched six scoreless innings. Brown (1-0) allowed just three hits and fanned five in his six innings on the mound.

Pacer relievers Jake Padgett, South Aiken grad Caleb Smith and Midland Valley product Taylor Grover each pitched an inning the rest of the way with the trio only allowing one hit. Smith struck out two, while Grover fanned one in the top of the ninth.

Carson-Newman starter Quinton Yocom pitched the first 51/3 innings in his loss. Yocom (1-1) allowed 11 hits and six runs. He was one of four Carson-Newman pitchers utilized on the day.

Ryan Metzler and Bill Gerstenslager both finished the Pacer win 3-for-4 at the dish.

Metzler scored two runs and had an RBI in the game. He had two doubles. Gerstenslagler scored two runs in the Pacer victory.

Four Pacers finished with multiple hits in total with Bryce Baur and John Fidanza each recording two hits.

Kornegay gets 500 Ks, Pacers drop pair

CHARLOTTE — The USC Aiken softball team was unable to claim victory in its first road doubleheader of the 2013 season, falling twice to Queens in extra innings on Sunday afternoon at Park Road Park.

Queens (4-5) took a 1-0 eight-inning win in game one before earning the sweep with a 3-2 victory over USCA (1-3) in eight innings in game two.

USCA pitcher India Kornegay pitched the whole first and was once again strong in the circle in the first game. Kornegay (0-2) struck out 10 Royals and allowed no earned runs.

Kornegay now has 28 strikeouts in the 2013 season. The 28 strikeouts allowed her to move past 500 strikeouts in her career. USCA’s all-time leader in strikeouts now has 507 strikeouts in her career.

Kornegay is only the 13th softball player in Peach Belt Conference history with 500 or more strikeouts in their career.

Taylor Morgan pitched the whole game in suffering the loss in the circle for USCA in game two. Morgan (1-1) struck out 11 Royals and allowed just the two hits.