Kornegay Strikes Out All 18 Batters In Perfect Game; Pacers Win Three At Shaw Tournament
RALEIGH, N.C. – Senior India Kornegay threw an unbelievable perfect game, striking out all 18 batters in a 10-0 victory against Paine. The University of South Carolina Aiken continued on the winning path, knocking off Mansfield 4-0 and Barton 3-0 Saturday on the first day of the Shaw Tournament.
The Pacers are now 9-2 on the season.
In the first game, USC Aiken won by a 10-0 count. Kornegay's perfection had 17 batters swinging while one struck out looking.
In the bottom of the second, White scored when Metts reached on an error. Chubb followed Metts with an RBI single for a 2-0 lead.
The score remained the same until the Pacers broke open the game in the fifth. Labrador's single plated Jungblut. Metts followed it up with her three-run round-tripper for a 6-0 lead. Traylor came in as a pinch runner for Andrea Daring and later scored on a throwing error. Head coach Jerry Snyder's team ended the game due to the mercy rule thanks in part to Chubb's three-run double in the sixth for a 10-0 final.
Head coach Jerry Snyder's team rattled off a 4-0 win in the second game of the day with the win over Mansfield.
In the win, Taylor Morgan threw a complete game, striking out 12 while giving up just three hits.
Magan Thrower and Madison Labrador each launched homers in the contest. The Pacers had just four hits, but three went for extra bases. Sarah Montei registered the lone hit that was a single.
The contest was scoreless until the bottom of the fifth. Montei singled on a bunt and scampered to second on a sacrifice bunt by Shannon Traylor. After moving to third on a passed ball, Kaitlyn White's grounder plated Montei for what turned out to be the game-winning run.
USC Aiken broke open the game in the sixth. Labrador led off the frame with a solo homer. Then, with two away, Cook doubled and came home on Thrower's round-tripper for the final tally.
Despite the large lead, Mansfield tried to put together a rally in the seventh. An error and a walk allowed there to be two on, but with two outs Morgan struck out the final batter swinging to end the game.
Kornegay stepped back in the circle in the third game of the day against Barton. She worked 5.2 innings, striking out seven while giving up just one hit. Morgan came in to pick up the save, working 1.1 innings and striking out one.
Labrador paced the squad with two RBI while Mackenzie Barbor added the other. White, Hillary Stewart and Jungblut all crossed home in the win.
With the contest still scoreless, Snyder's squad broke out on top in the third with a run. Labrador' Labrador's sacrifice fly allowed Jungblut to score, giving the Pacers more than enough in the win.
Barbor's single drove in Stewart in the fourth for a 2-0 advantage. Stewart had reached when the center fielder dropped a fly ball. USC Aiken tacked on the third run of the game in the fifth when Labrador launched a double, allowing White to score. She had reached on a fielder's choice and moved to second on a steal.
The Pacers return to action tomorrow for two games. USC Aiken takes on Indiana (Pa.) and Mount Olive before returning home. First pitch against IUP is at 1 p.m. The Pacers and Trojans tangle at 3 p.m.