AIKEN, S.C. – The University of South Carolina Aiken softball team fell in both games to Carson-Newman at J.H. Satcher Field on Wednesday.
Carson-Newman (26-12) was able to pick up a narrow 1-0 victory in game one, and defeated USC Aiken (20-16-1) 4-3 in 10 innings in game two.
The Pacers will next be in action on the road on Friday, April 5. The Pacers will make the short trip to take on rival and Peach Belt foe Augusta State. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Game 1: Carson-Newman 1, USC Aiken 0
USC Aiken dropped a close game to Carson-Newman in game one, 1-0, on Friday afternoon.
The Eagles lone run came off the bat of Sara Kelley in the fourth inning. Kelley hit a solo home run over the right field fence.
The Pacers threatened multiple times, including loading the bases in the sixth inning, but were unable to push across any runs.
USC Aiken out-hit Carson-Newman 5-2 in game one. Victoria Burkett was the only player in the game to collect multiple hits. Burkett was 2-for-2 with a walk.
India Kornegay (11-8) was the tough-luck loser in game one. Kornegay (Eufaula, Ala./Eufaula HS) gave up only two hits and the one earned run, while striking out eight Eagles over seven innings.
Katie Sims earned the win for the Eagles in game one. Sims pitched the complete game, striking out three Pacers
Game 2: Carson-Newman 4, USC Aiken 3 (10 innings)
USC Aiken was unable to complete the comeback in game two, falling to Carson-Newman 4-3 in 10 innings.
The Eagles started the scoring early by plating three runs in the top of the first inning. The three runs came on back-to-back home runs by Britany Hefner and Kelley. Hefner hit a two-run homer and Kelley's was a solo shot.
The Pacers were able to get two runs back in the fourth inning to cut the deficit to 3-2. Cortney Sadler hit a two-run bomb to right-center field that scored Andrea Daring (Ridgeland, S.C./Thomas Heyward Academy).
The Pacers would add another run in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game, 3-3, and force extra innings. Burkett (Gilbert, S.C./Gilbert HS) started off the ninth inning with a triple down the right field line. Sarah Montei (Summerville, S.C./Summerville HS) singled to right field to drive in the tying run.
Neither team would be able to score until the 10th inning. Hefner hit a solo home run, her second of the game, to score the eventual game-winning run for the Eagles.
The Pacers out-hit the Eagles 19-7 in game two. The Pacers' 19 hits are a season high, and it is also the most hits ever surrendered by Carson-Newman.
Seven Pacers were able to claim multiple hits in game two. Lindsey Jones (North Augusta, S.C./North Augusta HS) and Brandy Bossle each had three hits in the game. Jones went 3-for-6 and Bossle (North East, Md./Rising Sun HS) was 3-for-4 in the contest.
Kaitlyn White (McAllen, Texas/College of Charleston), Montei, Daring, Sadler and Alyssa Cook (St. Leonard, Md./Aiken Tech) all had two hits in the game. Sadler (Bradenton, Fla./State College of Fla., Manatee-Sarasota) was 2-for-4 with a homer and a double, driving in two runs.
Taylor Morgan took the loss for the Pacers, pitching all 10 innings. Morgan (Chapin, S.C./Chapin HS) struck out 13, while falling to 9-8 on the season.
Sims picked up the win in game two also, pushing her record to 16-2 on the year. Sims pitched five innings in relief.
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