staff reports

AIKEN, S.C. — Before a record crowd on “Pack the Park” day at Roberto Hernandez Stadium, the nationally fifth-ranked USC Aiken baseball team claimed a dominating 19-4 win over Columbus State.

The victory allows the Peach Belt Conference-leading Pacers to move to 21-6 in league play this season. The Pacers now need just one more victory to guarantee an outright Peach Belt Conference championship.

Columbus State (25-18, 17-9 PBC) opened the game with two runs in the first inning.

From there, it would be all Pacers as USC Aiken posted 19 of the next 21 runs in the game. USC Aiken scored in six of its eight team at-bats. They posted four runs each in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.

Tyler Moore led five Pacers with multiple hits with four. Moore was 4-for-6 with four RBIs and two runs scored in the resounding Pacer victory.

USC Aiken’s Ryan Metzler was 3-for-5 with three runs scored and an RBI in the game, while JJ Loker scored three runs and drove in another to go along with a 2-for-3 performance at the dish.

Bryce Baur and Branden Millhouse were the final Pacers with multiple hits. Baur scored twice and Millhouse drove in two, while scoring two.

USC Aiken starting pitcher Ryan Milewski obtained the win on the hill..

dealt six innings, fanning three.

Columbus State starter Jake Ezell pitched the first 4.2 innings in his loss. He is now 2-3 on the year.