AIKEN, S.C. – Seventh-ranked USC Aiken tied an NCAA Division II record, broke numerous school records and obtained two Peach Belt Conference records in a 28-10 non-conference victory over Pfeiffer on Wednesday evening at Roberto Hernandez Stadium.
The Pacers picked up most of their runs in the game in the bottom of the third inning, posting 15 runs on 15 hits. The 15 hits acquired by the Pacers in the frame tied an NCAA Division II record for most hits in a single inning. The 15 hit-inning ties them with Northern Colorado (2003), North Alabama (1997), South Dakota (1996), St. Francis (1996) and Metro State (1999) for most hits in a single inning.
The 15-hit output in the bottom of the third frame also set the Peach Belt Conference record for most hits in a single inning. It was one of two PBC marks set by the Pacers on Wednesday evening. The Pacers also set the conference record for most hits in a single game at 32.
The 32 hits secured by the Pacers was also a school record and it was one of four school team records broken in the game. USC Aiken also set the new school mark for runs in a single inning (15) to go along with the most hits in the third frame.
The 28 runs obtained the Pacers in the contest set a new program standard in addition to the 32 hits in the contest.
Chris Grandinetti (Broomfield, Colo./Broomfield) led the Pacers at the dish in their dominating win, going 5-for-7 with four runs scored and five RBIs.
Grandinetti was one of six Pacers with three or more hits in the game, which included three others with four hits. Alex Franklin (North Augusta, Ga./North Augusta) was 4-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBIs, while John Sherrer (LaGrange, Ga./LaGrange) ended his night 4-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBIs. Nick Aranas (Lexington, S.C./Lexington) was the final Pacer to finish with four hits as he was 4-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs scored.
In total, 12 different Pacers recorded at least one of the 32 hits. All but one of the starters recorded at least one RBI with seven Pacers tallying multiple RBIs in the game.
The Pacers opened the game by making sure that there would never be any question as to the winner, scoring 11 runs in the first two innings to take an 11-0 lead.
Pfeiffer behind a Myles Pearl grand slam in the top half of the third would cut the lead to seven at 11-4, but the Pacers set out upon an uprising like none other before in school history in the bottom of the third to take a stout 26-4 lead.
Justin Fry (Augusta, Ga./Darton) pitched five innings of four-strikeout baseball to record the win for the Pacers on Wednesday evening.
Senior hurler Chris Miller took the loss for the Falcons, pitching just an inning and a third before being pulled from the game after giving up eight runs and seven hits. He would be one of nine different Pfeiffer pitchers on the evening.
USC Aiken with the 18-run victory over Pfeiffer on Wednesday evening is now 34-14 on the 2009 season. The Pacers are currently in the midst of a school record 15-game winning streak.