Raborn becomes all-time hits leader in 14-2 win

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Thursday, April 23, 2009.

Ken Raborn became USC Aiken’s all-time leader in hits in No. 7 USC Aiken’s 14-2 victory over Pfeiffer on Thursday evening at Roberto Hernandez Stadium.

Raborn (Evans, Ga./Evans) entered Thursday’s tilt against the Falcons needing two hits to eclipse Ashley Farr (269 – 2002-2004) for most hits in a Pacer uniform.

The two hits are exactly what the senior finished the game with, going 2-for-2 with two RBIs and a run scored. Raborn now has 270 hits as a Pacer.

The record is one of a plethora of major records acquired by Raborn in the last few games. In USC Aiken’s series finale win over Lander last Sunday, Raborn became the all-time leader in school history in home runs. Raborn, who was tied with Farr for the all-time record in the category entering the final game of the Pacers’ sweep of the Bearcats, hit two home runs in the game to become the program’s new all-time home run king with 36.

Raborn also recently became the school’s all-time leader in runs scored (188), RBIs (196), total bases (445) and at-bats (775).

Already the school’s all-time leader in walks entering the 2009 season, Raborn now holds the all-time school record in seven offensive categories. He is also only eight doubles away from owning the all-time doubles record in program history.

Raborn’s efforts Thursday helped USC Aiken to its school record 16th straight victory. The Pacers are still perfect in the month of April entering their Peach Belt Conference showdown with No. 24 UNC Pembroke in Pembroke, N.C. this weekend.

USC Aiken, who has won 20 of its last 21 and 26 of its last 29 contests, enters the three-game set against the Braves atop the PBC with a 16-8 record.

The league mark leaves them a half-game ahead of second-place and No. 18 Francis Marion (16-9). The Pacers are a full game ahead of No. 14 and third place team Georgia College & State (15-9) entering the weekend.

USC Aiken has swept its last three PBC series and the Pacers have claimed a series victory in their last six PBC series overall.

Only one other Pacer besides Raborn finished Thursday’s domination of Pfeiffer with more than one hit with freshman sensation Stephen Carmon (Camden, S.C./Camden) going a perfect 3-for-3 with four RBIs and three runs.

Carmon picked up all four RBIs on a grand slam to right field in the bottom of the third inning. The bases juiced, Carmon connected beautifully on Pfeiffer starter Jason Brown’s pitch, lifting the baseball to deep right field. The baseball would hit the top of the fence and then bounce over for Carmon’s second home run of the year.

The four-run tater by Carmon in the bottom portion of the third inning would give the Pacers a 9-1 lead after three innings.

USC Aiken would never look back, scoring five more runs over the rest of the game to take the 12-run victory.