Friday March 14, 2008
AIKEN, S.C.--Senior hurler Scott Wandless tossed nearly eight innings of three-hit baseball as 10th-ranked USC Aiken (21-5, 5-2 PBC) calmed the Georgia Southwestern Hurricanes (7-15, 3-4 PBC) 6-1 in Peach Belt Conference action on Friday evening at Roberto Hernandez Stadium. After suffering a three-game sweep in Americus, Ga. last year, this win marks the first-ever for the Pacers over the newest member of the PBC.
Wandless (5-0) got a five-to-three double play to get out of a jam in the first frame and then settled in to strikeout the next four batters he faced. The lefthanded ace allowed just one run on three hits and five walks, fanning nine in 7.2 innings of work. He threw 84 of his 138 pitches for strikes.
Moving to 23-3 in his career, the Evans, Ga. native is tied with teammate Peden Rucker (4-0) for the school’s all-time wins record.
The Pacers gave Wandless an early working lead with two in the home half of the first, the second coming on a sacrifice fly by Nick Aranas.
Miles Martin got the Hurricanes on the board in the fifth with a two-out double down the right field line, plating Daniel Stokes to make it a 2-1 game.
But USC Aiken responded with a pair of insurance runs in the sixth coming on a big two-out RBI double by John Sherrer. The junior catcher drove the 1-2 pitch to right center, scoring Gary Owens and Ken Raborn.