Wednesday April 1, 2009
AIKEN, S.C. – Gary Asbill tripled, stole a game-high two bases and finished the game with two hits to help lead USC Aiken to a dominating 15-2 victory over St. Andrews on Wednesday evening in non-conference baseball action at Roberto Hernandez Stadium.
Asbill (Batesburg, S.C./Batesburg-Leesville) was 2-for-3 in total in the game, finishing with two RBIs and one run scored in addition to the two hits. Asbill reached base in every one of his at-bats.
He was one of five Pacers to record multiple hits with three of the five collecting three hits in the contest.
Two-time Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week Travis Howard (Bonneau, S.C./USC Salkehatchie) led the players with three hits in the game. Howard was 3-for-5 in total with four RBIs and two runs scored. Leadoff hitter Cody McMorris (Canton, Ga./Southern Union CC) was also 3-for-5 from the dish in the contest, scoring three runs and obtaining one RBI.
Local product Jowan Gray (Aiken, S.C./South Aiken) had his best game in a Pacer uniform in the domination of St. Andrews on Wednesday evening. A freshman, Gray was 3-for-5 with two RBIs and one run scored.
Alex Franklin (North Augusta, S.C./North Augusta) was the final Pacer to tally multiple hits in the game. Franklin was a perfect 2-for-2 with two runs and one RBI.
Ken Raborn (Evans, Ga./Evans) could only manage one hit in the contest, but it was a big one as he lifted a James Shadaya pitch to left centerfield in the top of the eighth inning for his fifth home run of the year. The tater acquired three runs for the Pacers and helped them continue to extend their lead in the game as the dinger was three runs of a five-spot for the Pacers in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Jeremy Fisher was the star for the Knights in the loss. Fisher only managed one hit in the contest, but for a depleted St. Andrews lineup he was the epitome of a utility player as the junior from Cantonsville, Md. played six positions in the game, including pitcher.
Fisher began the game as the designated hitter but due to an injury that forced the designated hitter out of the lineup and left the Knights with only nine spots, Fisher was forced to play numerous positions. Fisher in addition to designated hitter and pitcher also played second base, right field, left field and shortstop.