News 12 @ 6 Sunday, Feb 3, 2008
AIKEN, S.C.--Trailing 11-7 and down to their final out, USC Aiken pushed across four runs, the last on an RBI single up the middle by Ryne Salmon, to force extra innings. In the bottom of the 12th, David Vitko’s bases loaded single to right field plated Brad Johnson with the game winner as the 31st-ranked Pacers (2-1) pulled out the improbable 12-11 win over Lincoln Memorial (1-2) on Sunday evening at Roberto Hernandez Stadium.
USC Aiken improves to 18-8 all-time against the Railsplitters, taking the season-opening series for the second-straight year.
LMU jumped out to the quick 3-0 lead after one inning, spoiling the return of Peden Rucker. The 2006 ace of the Pacers’ staff missed the entire 2007 campaign with shoulder surgery. Derek Treece doubled home Tommy Casto and Eric Kitts added a two-out single through the left side, driving in a pair.
For Rucker, his day lasted 3.0 innings, allowing six earned runs on six hits and two walks, striking out three in the no decision.
Treece continued his strong start to 2008 finishing 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Kitts went 3-for-6 with two home runs and six RBI. As a team, Lincoln Memorial belted four long balls on the day, and six for the three-game series.