Sunday Feb. 17, 2008
AIKEN, S.C.--For the second-straight day, #26 USC Aiken (7-2) got some late inning, clutch hitting to edge Lynn University (5-4) 7-6 in non-conference baseball action on Sunday afternoon at Roberto Hernandez Stadium. Winners of four-straight, the Pacers complete their first-ever sweep of Lynn, improving to 6-2 all-time versus the Sunshine State Conference institution.
Tied 6-6 heading into the bottom of the seventh, senior Chad Jacobsen led off the frame with a single through the left side of the infield. Ken Raborn followed with a sharp grounder to third, but the junior infielder legged out the relay throw from second to prevent the double play. With a 2-0 hitters count, sophomore designated hitter Kyle Rice slapped a double to left center, scoring Raborn who was moving on the plate with the eventual game winner.
Jacobsen finished 3-for-5 with a solo home run, and two runs scored. John Sherrer added a 3-for-4 day including the first home run of his three-year Pacer career, coming in the second inning.
USC Aiken jumped on Lynn starter Carl Gorman early in the first inning as Gary Owens crushed a two-out, bases loaded offering over the wall in left field for the 4-0 lead.
Owens finished 2-for-4 with four RBI while Gorman lasted just 1.0 inning, allowing five earned runs on four hits, walking two and striking out one in the no-decision.
Leading 5-0 heading to the top of the fifth, two Pacer errors combined with Gabe MacDougall’s three-run blast pulled the Knights within 5-4. It was MacDougall’s third home run in the past 48 hours. In the series, the two teams combined for 15 long balls.