Pacers split doubleheader
The No. 10 USC Aiken baseball team split a pair of games against Armstrong Sunday, winning the first game 18-4 before falling 7-4 in the nightcap.
The Pacers are now 14-5 overall and 6-3 against PBC competition.
The Pacers wasted little time scoring in the first game of the afternoon. After a quick first frame by Danny Wissmann, the Pacers plated five runs on the bottom half of the frame.
Kody Belcher led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on Tyler Mooreís single. T.J. Costen doubled home Belcher. With one down and runners on second and third, Matt Bosse blasted a three-run opposite field homer for a 4-0 lead. Later in the inning Sean Millerís single drove home Ryan Metzler for the 5-0 advantage.
Head coach Kenny Thomasí team scored five more runs in the third stanza for a 10-0 advantage. With one away, Metzler reached on a fielding error. A walk to Ben Donath put runners on first and second. The pair each stole a base and came home on Millerís double to center. After a fielderís choice, Belcher launched a two-run homer. USCA completed the scoring when Ty Barkellís single plated Moore, who had reached on a single.
In the fifth, Costen singled with one away and moved to second on Barkellís base knock. Both came home as Bosse registered his second homer of the day for the 13-0 margin. Thomasí team made it 14-1 in the sixth when Belcher scored off a throwing error, which allowed Costen to reach first.
After adding a run in the sixth, the home bats picked back up in the eighth frame. With one down, Randy Luckett singled and moved to second on Mooreís base hit. Costenís double scored one and then Grayson Smithís triple pushed two more across home before Robby Assemanyís single scored the teamís final run of the game.
Wissmann picked up the victory and improved to 4-0 on the season.
In the second game, the Pirates jumped on top with a three-run homer in the top of the first and never trailed despite the Pacers pulling within one on multiple occasions.
The Pacers return to action Tuesday when they play host to Chowan. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.