Sunday Feb. 10, 2008
AIKEN, S.C.--USC Aiken (4-2) twice rallied from early two-run deficits to take the rubber game of the weekend series with Carson-Newman (6-3) 6-4 in non-conference baseball action on a windy Sunday afternoon at Roberto Hernandez Stadium. All three games were decided by a total of four runs, as the 30th-ranked Pacers win the series for the second-straight season.
The Eagles plated a pair of unearned markers in the top of the second on a double down the left field line off the bat of Tyler Wynn.
Peden Rucker (1-0) led up three early runs, but all were unearned, scattering five hits and two walks, fanning two in 5.0 innings of work. It was the first win for the former staff ace, who missed the entire 2007 season with a shoulder injury, since May 11, 2005.
The Pacers got on the board in the home half of the second on a two-out, solo homer by David Vitko (1).
After trading runs in the third, Jamie Benjamin (1) smacked his first long ball as a Pacer, another two-out solo shot just inside the left field foul pole, to knot the game at 3-3. Benjamin and Vitko each finished 1-for-3, scoring a run, and combining for three of the team’s five RBI.
In the fifth, John Sherrer scored from second with one out on a pinch-hit grounder from Gary Owens that got by the Eagles’ first baseman. Later in the inning, Vitko drew a four-pitch, bases loaded walk to make it 5-3.
Owens added an RBI single through the left side to plate Cody McMorris, who stole his way from first to third in two pitches, to extend the advantage to three runs.