USC AIKEN 3-1 LANDER 0-2
GREENWOOD — The USC Aiken softball team posted a 3-0 victory in a nine-inning contest at Lander before falling to the Bearcats 2-1 in the nightcap.
The Pacers are now 30-13 overall and 13-7 against Peach Belt Conference competition.
Senior India Kornegay’s 15-strikeout performance in the win moved her into second place on the PBC career list for strikeouts as she now has 1,023. With the victory, Kornegay improved to 21-3 on the season, breaking her own record for wins in a season. She is also just two strikeouts shy of tying the school record for strikeouts in a season as Kornegay owns the record that was established in 2013.
Neither team could get anything going in the game as the score remained at 0-0 through the first seven innings. After the Pacers were unable to score in the top of the eighth, the Bearcats threatened with a lead-off double. A sacrifice bunt put the winning run at third, but Kornegay made the next two batters strike out, sending the game into the ninth.
Sarah Montei led off the ninth with a walk and moved to second when Samantha Chubb put down a beautiful sacrifice bunt.
After Montei scampered to third on a wild pitch, she scored what turned out to be the game-winning run when Ashley Metts laced a single to left.
Victoria Burkett singled to left and after a pinch runner came in for Metts, Magan Thrower reached on an error to load the bases. Alyssa Cook singled home two for a 3-0 advantage.
In the bottom half of the stanza, Kornegay retired the side in order, striking out two en route to earning the victory.
Head coach Jerry Snyder’s team fell behind 2-0 in the second contest after the second inning, but fought back, slicing the deficit to one in the fourth.
With one down, Chubb slapped a single to right and scored on a double by Metts. Burkett singled to the pitcher and both advanced on a wild pitch. However, USCA was unable to knot the score.
Snyder’s squad had a runner on second in the fifth, but failed to bring in the game-tying run.
The Pacers return to action Saturday at 2 p.m., when they host Georgia College on Senior Day. Fans should arrive early for a ceremony honoring the five USCA seniors.