Pacers clinch regular-season title
AMERICUS, Ga. — The nationally third-ranked USC Aiken baseball team swept a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader from Georgia Southwestern on Friday at Hurricane Stadium.
USCA (40-9, 23-6 PBC) claimed a 3-2 11-inning win in game one before taking a 4-3 game two victory over Georgia Southwestern (15-30, 5-21 PBC).
The doubleheader sweep of Georgia Southwestern on Friday allowed the Pacers to claim the Peach Belt Conference regular-season championship outright.
In the first game, with the game tied at 2-2 in the top of the 11th inning, USCA’s Tyler Moore hit his first home run of the year to give the Pacers a 3-2 advantage.
In the top-10 nationally in saves and the Peach Belt Conference leader in the category, Taylor Grover then retired the side in order in the bottom of the 11th to complete the dramatic Pacer victory. Grover, who struck out the final batter, now has 11 saves on the year.
USCA’s Danny Wissmann improved to 4-0 on the mound in the first game. Wissmann pitched two innings in relief of starter Derek Beasley, who dealt the first seven innings and struck out six.
Wissmann fanned four in his two innings on the hill.
Georgia Southwestern reliever Bray Bishop (3-3) suffered the loss for the Hurricanes in game one. He pitched the final two innings in relief of starter Frank Ambrosino.
The hero of game one, Moore was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI in the contest. Sean Miller was 3-for-5 with an RBI, while Branden Millhouse was 3-for-5 with a run scored.
Millhouse arrived on base to start the second game as he was hit by a pitch to commence the contest. After moving over to second on a passed ball, Josh Miller advanced Millhouse to third.
Baur then grounded out to plate Millhouse for an early 1-0 Pacer lead.
Georgia Southwestern plated one run in the bottom half of the first to tie the game at 1-1, but the Pacers took the lead once again in the top of the fourth when Baur scored on a wild pitch.
Georgia Southwestern out-hit the Pacers, 9-4, in game two. No Pacer was able to secure multiple hits in the game.
Randall Sheffield led the Hurricanes in their loss in game two with three hits.
USCA starting pitcher Wyatt Brown improved to 6-3 on the year with the victory in game two. He pitched the first six innings, fanning five.
Caleb Smith pitched the ninth inning to claim his first save of the year.
Matthew Suggs suffered the loss for Georgia Southwestern. He dropped to 4-7 on the year with the loss.