USC AIKEN 7-10 MONTEVALLO 10-2

The USC Aiken baseball team split a pair of games against visiting Montevallo Sunday afternoon. After falling in the first game by a 10-7 count, the team won 10-2 in the nightcap.


The Pacers are currently 23-8 on the season and 11-6 in PBC play.


USCA got things going with a pair of runs in the first as Ty Barkell's single plated Kody Belcher. Matt Bosse's sacrifice fly allowed T.J. Costen to cross home for the two-run lead.


The Falcons plated a run in the fifth and sixth, knotting the contest for an inning. In the seventh, Tyler Moore tripled to right center, allowing Sean Miller to score. Miller had reached on a fielding error. Costen singled home Moore and after swiping second, Costen crossed home on Barkell's single for a 5-2 edge.


Montevallo pulled within two in the eighth, but head coach Kenny Thomas' team got the run back in its half of the stanza when Miller singled in Ryan Metzler.


However, the bullpen was unable to hold the lead in the ninth as the Falcons scored seven runs for a 10-6 lead. Costen's solo blast pulled the team within three in the bottom of the ninth, but the Pacers were unable to get another runner on base.


For the game, Barkell was four-for-five while Costen had three hits and Charles Padilla posted two. Barkell and Costen each drove in two. Derek Beasley worked seven innings and struck out five while giving up just two runs but did not figure in the decision. Danny Wissmann took the loss.


Thomas' squad got hot in the nightcap, plating eight runs in the first and never looked back.


With one down in the first, Moore singled and moved to second on a wild pitch. He came around to score on Costen's single. After Barkell walked, Bosse doubled down the left field line for a 3-0 margin. With two down, Ben Donath beat out an infield single, allowing Bosse to score. Connor Oliveri's double plated Donath and Miller's single plated Oliveri. Belcher kept things going as he doubled to right and Miller touched home. Belcher would later score when Moore reached on an error for the eight-run lead.


After Costen tripled to left center to start off the second, Barkell's single drove him in. Metzler doubled and later scored on Donath's hit for a 10-run margin.


It was more than enough for Thomas' squad as Matt Hissong worked extremely well on the mound. He tossed seven innings, striking out three and giving up just two runs on three hits.


For the game, Bosse and Donath drove in two runs apiece. Donath led the way, wrapping out three of the team's 15 hits. Costen, Barkell, Metzler and Oliveri all had two hits apiece. The squad tallied five extra-base hits in the win.


The teams return to action Monday at 12 p.m., for the final game of the three-game series.