Thursday Feb. 19, 2009
AIKEN, S.C. – Three Pacers finished with three hits each in No. 17 USC Aiken’s 8-4 victory over North Greenville on Thursday afternoon at Roberto Hernandez Stadium.
In a game that was supposed to be played one day earlier and was postponed until Thursday due to transportation issues by North Greenville the Pacers looked a slight sluggish at the start of the game, but regrouped to finish with the four-run win.
The Pacers finished with 15 hits in total with Cody McMorris (Canton, Ga./Southern Union CC), Travis Howard (Bonneau, S.C./USC Salkehatchie) and John Sherrer (LaGrange, Ga./LaGrange) acquiring nine of the 15 hits.
McMorris was 3-for-4 on the day with one run scored and two RBIs. Howard was 3-for-5 from the dish with two RBIs and one run scored. Sherrer scored one run and ended the game 3-for-5.
The trio were part of five Pacers to obtain multiple hits in the game. Ken Raborn (Evans, Ga./Evans) was 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored, while Jamie Benjamin (Alpharetta, Ga./Southern Union CC) was 2-for-5 with one RBI.
No Crusader recorded more than one hit in the game with six different players capturing a hit in the loss to the Pacers.
In a bullpen day, USC Aiken utilized the services of six different hurlers on Thursday. The second pitcher on the day for the Pacers, Joe Tart (Charlotte, N.C./Marion Military College) picked up his first win as a Pacer.
Tart went out of the game with the Pacers down 3-2 in the bottom of the third inning. The Pacer offense came alive in the bottom half of the frame, ending the bottom of the third with three runs scored.
Howard squared the game for USC Aiken 3-3 in the bottom portion of the third when he tripled to right field to score Raborn, who had arrived on base earlier in the inning on an error by the North Greenville shortstop.