Pacers climb in national baseball poll

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AIKEN, S.C. – Winners of their last 10 contests, USC Aiken moved into the top 15 at No. 14 in the latest NCAA Division II Collegiate Baseball Top 30 poll.

The Pacers jumped 10 spots in the poll from last week. USC Aiken was 24th in the poll the previous week.

The Pacers opened the year as a preseason consensus top 10 choice, but had fallen out of the poll until last week.

USC Aiken ended last week by picking up its second consecutive Peach Belt Conference series sweep by taking both games of a doubleheader from rival Augusta State on Saturday, April 11 at Roberto Hernandez Stadium. The Pacers won game one, 3-2, before taking an 8-5 win in the second game.

The Pacers won the first game of the Peach Belt Conference series between the two last Friday before Saturday’s sweep by the resounding score of 21-9.

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 one weekend prior and then followed that up by taking all three games from Augusta State this past 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, April 11.

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.