Pacers take opener in softball tournament

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Friday April 17, 2009

FLORENCE, SC - On a day when the Pacers honored USC Aiken's women's basketball player, Meredith Legg, the Pacer softball team defeated the No. 6 seed Columbus State at the Peach Belt Conference Tournament on Friday, April 17 at the Freedom Florence Complex in Florence, S.C.

The Pacers improve to 32-12 on the season as Columbus State goes to an even 29-29.

The Pacers recorded their first hit in the bottom of the third inning as freshman Whitney Clary steps to the plate with one out. She ripped a pitch to left field for her second double of the season. Junior Kellie Hair singled to right field that allowed Clary to score as the CSU's RF committed an error.

Adding to the damage, senior Jessica Strickland leads off the fourth inning by taking a pitch deep to left field for a solo shot. That is her 10th home run of the season and 38th in a Pacer uniform.

In the top of the first inning, Columbus State got the first runner on by a light ground ball before getting moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt. The third batter, singled up the middle as the runner on second tried to come around and score. She got thrown out at home as the Pacers center fielder, Hair, throws the ball to Strickland for the out and to keep the score at zero.

The Cougars started the second inning the same way as they put the first two batters on and advanced them both up one bag on a slow dribbler back to the pitcher. CSU left the runners there as they could not get anyone across for a run.

Junior pitcher Toni Flessate threw her record-tying 14th shutout of her career today as she pitched the entire game. She gave up nine hits and struck out one batter.