AIKEN, S.C. – Derek Beasley and Zach Hayden combined to strike out 17 and the nationally 10th-ranked University of South Carolina Aiken baseball team opened its three-game series with Augusta State with a 7-1 Peach Belt Conference victory over the Jaguars on Friday evening at Roberto Hernandez Stadium.
In moving to a perfect 9-0 on the year, Beasley (Harlem, Ga./Harlem HS) pitched the first six innings of the game. He fanned 10 and walked just two. Beasley allowed just two hits.
Hayden (Martinez, Ga./Middle Georgia) followed Beasley's lead by striking out seven in his time on the hill for USC Aiken (28-8, 14-5 PBC). Jake Padgett (Gilbert, S.C./Gilbert HS) then dealt a scoreless ninth to secure the six-run win for the Pacers.
The trio of Pacer pitchers only allowed three hits to the Jaguars.
Augusta State (10-26, 3-16 PBC) starter Kip Custer (5-5) suffered the loss. He pitched the first six innings of the game for the Jaguars, fanning five.
USC Aiken overall out-hit Augusta State, 8-3, in the game.
Josh Miller (Chapin, S.C./Chapin HS) led the Pacers in the game with a 3-for-4 performance at the dish. He had two doubles in the game. Miller scored twice and drove in another two in the Pacer victory.
Bryce Baur (Moncks Corner, S.C./Florence-Darlington Tech) and Grayson Smith (Aiken, S.C./Mercer) both concluded their efforts in the contest with two hits each. Baur doubled, while Smith was 2-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI.
Jeff Rice homered to claim Augusta State's lone run of the contest.
The three-game league set between USC Aiken and Augusta State will conclude with a doubleheader at the 'Bert on Saturday, April 6. The first game of the doubleheader is set to get underway at 1 p.m.
Saturday will be "Bark in the Park" day at Roberto Hernandez Stadium with the USC Aiken Student Government Association sponsoring the special event that will allow fans to bring their dog to the facility for the day.
SPCA will be in attendance with information about how to adopt dogs. They will also have some dogs to pet and play with on Saturday.
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