GREENWOOD — The top-seeded and nationally top-ranked USC Aiken baseball team will face off against eighth-seeded Montevallo in its first game of the 2013 Peach Belt Conference Baseball Tournament at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
The 2013 Peach Belt Conference Baseball Tournament will be contested May 8-12 at Dolny Stadium at the Jeff May complex in Greenwood, S.C. The championship will be hosted by Lander.
The PBC Tournament is an eight-team double-elimination event whose bracket is modeled on the NCAA World Series model. The tournament will consist of four games per day on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and lead to a single championship game at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 12.
USCA and Montevallo (31-18, 16-14 PBC) will be meeting in the first round of the Peach Belt Conference Baseball Tournament for the second straight year. Last season, Montevallo claimed a 6-5 10-inning win over the Pacers in the 2012 Peach Belt Conference Baseball Tournament First Round. The then 13th-ranked Pacers would knock the Falcons out of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament two days later with a 7-5 victory.
USCA owns an 8-6 all-time series lead over Montevallo. The Falcons took two of three from the Pacers earlier this season in Montevallo, Ala.
The winner of the top-seeded USCA-eighth-seeded Montevallo game will move on to face the winner of the fourth-seeded Lander-fifth-seeded UNC Pembroke game in game No. 8 of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 9.
The loser of the USCA-Montevallo game will face the loser of the Lander-UNC Pembroke game in game No. 6 of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 9.
Winners of 14 of their last 15, the Peach Belt Conference regular-season champion Pacers closed out the regular-season with a 41-9 overall record. The Pacers were 24-6 in league play in the 2013 regular-season.
The 2013 Peach Belt Conference regular-season championship was the second for USCA in the last five years. The Pacers also obtained the league regular-season title in 2009.
The Pacers have three regular-season championships in school history now as they also acquired the 1994 regular-season title. USCA has two Peach Belt Conference Tournament championships (1992 and 1993) in its history.
USCA’s regular-season-closing three-game sweep of Georgia Southwestern left the Pacers having claimed 11 of its 13 three-game series in the 2013 regular-season.
The Pacers swept three-game series from Lincoln Memorial, Shepherd, Flagler, Young Harris, North Georgia, Augusta State, Lander and Georgia Southwestern.
For ticket information and further information on the 2013 Peach Belt Conference Baseball Tournament, please visit the official tournament website at: http://www.peachbeltconference.org/information/13basetournament/index
Wednesday, May 8
Game 1- #2 Columbus State vs. #7 Georgia College – 10 a.m.
Game 2 - #3 Armstrong vs. #6 Francis Marion – 1:30 p.m.
Game 3 - #4 Lander vs. #5 UNC Pembroke – 5 p.m.
Game 4 - #1 USC Aiken vs. #8 Montevallo – 8:30 p.m.