Pacers Upend No. 5 Mount Olive In Battle Of Top-10 Teams
AIKEN, SC (USC-Aiken Sports Information) - After falling behind 2-0 in the fourth inning, the No. 2/8 University of South Carolina Aiken baseball team picked up the pace, turning a close game into a rout and claiming a huge victory over No. 5 and region foe Mount Olive by a 10-5 count Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Prestige Appliance Classic.
The Pacers are now 4-2 on the young season.
The Trojans scratched two runs in the fourth and the visitors had allowed just a lead-off walk in the first. From that point forward, USC Aiken was unable to get anyone on first base until the sixth stanza.
With one out in the sixth, Sean Miller drew a base on balls and moved to third on Dylan Durham’s bunt single that hit the third base bag and trickled into left field. The third baseman and let fielder converged on the ball, leaving the base open. Miller took advantage and scampered to third safely.
Kody Belcher was hit by a pitch and Tyler Moore belted a pitch over the left field fence, giving USC Aiken a 4-2 advantage.
After Taylor Peed shut down the visitors in the top of the seventh, the Pacers blew open the game with six runs in the bottom half of the frame.
Ty Barkell started the inning by getting on base via a hit by pitch. He moved to second on a single by Ryan Metzler. Donath’s well-placed sacrifice bunt pushed the runners to second and third with one down. Miller’s sacrifice fly drove in Barkell and made it 5-2.
With Durham on second base, Belcher sent a shot to center field, scoring Durham. Moore drove home Belcher with a single before T.J. Costen launched a two-run homer for the 10-2 lead.
Mount Olive scored three runs in the ninth, but Randy Sipp came in for Peed and shut the door on the visitors.
For the day, Moore was two-for-four with five RBI. Durham collected a pair of hits while Belcher, Costen and Metzler all had one. Belcher, Miller and Durham all had one RBI apiece.
Peed was credited with the win after going 4.2 innings. He struck out four in the game.
The Pacers return to action Friday when they host Belmont Abbey. Game time is slated for 5 p.m.