Saturday April 11, 2009
AIKEN, S.C. – USC Aiken picked up its second consecutive Peach Belt Conference series sweep by taking both games of a doubleheader from rival Augusta State on Saturday at Roberto Hernandez Stadium. The Pacers won game one, 3-2, before taking an 8-5 win in the second game.
The Pacers have now claimed five straight Peach Belt Conference series victories, taking league series from Georgia Southwestern, Georgia College & State, Columbus State, Armstrong Atlantic State and Augusta State. The Pacers swept the Pirates of AASU last weekend and then followed that up by taking all three games from Augusta State this weekend.
The three-game sweep of the Jaguars leaves the Pacers at 13-8 in the PBC. The league mark has them just one game back of eighth-ranked GCSU, who is presently 14-7 in the league after splitting with Columbus State on Saturday.
USC Aiken is now 29-14 overall. The Pacers have turned it on as of late with the ASU three-game sweep extending their winning streak to a season-best 10 games. The 10-game winning streak leaves the Pacers just two games away from tying the all-time program record for consecutive wins. The 1992 Pacer baseball team won 12 straight at one point.
Dating back to the doubleheader sweep of GCSU on Saturday, Mar. 21 to claim the three-game series between the two, USC Aiken has also now won nine straight home games. The Pacers need one more win at home to tie the school record for most wins consecutively at home. The mark has been reached twice in program history with the 2008 and 2001 Pacers rattling off 10 straight wins at home at one point during the season.
USC Aiken’s current torrid play has also led to them winning 14 of their last 15 and 20 of their last 23 contests.
The Pacers with the three-game sweep of ASU took all five games between them and the Jaguars this season. All five games were played in the friendly confines of the ‘Bert with USC Aiken taking the inaugural Outback Cup by winning the first two games of the year between the two in the middle of March. USC Aiken won game one, 10-5 on Tuesday, March 17. They then claimed the cup by taking an 11-5 victory in the second game.