Monday April 27, 2009
AIKEN, S.C. – Fresh off capturing at least a share of the 2009 Peach Belt Conference baseball regular season title, USC Aiken learned on Monday that they had moved into the top five in the latest Collegiate Baseball Division II Top 30 at No. 4.
The fourth-ranked Pacers claimed at least a share of the 2009 Peach Belt Conference regular season championship with a doubleheader sweep of 28th-ranked UNC Pembroke on Saturday, April 25 at Sammy Cox Field.
The Pacers regrouped from a disappointing Friday loss to the Braves to outscore UNC Pembroke, 35-11, on Saturday. USC Aiken won game one, 22-7, before taking a 13-4 victory in the second contest. USC Aiken had dropped the series opener on Friday, 17-3.
The loss on Friday had snapped USC Aiken’s school record 16-game winning streak.
The two wins improved USC Aiken to 18-9 in the PBC in 2009. The Pacers no matter what happens are the No. 1 seed in the 2009 PBC Baseball Tournament on May 9-10 at Roberto Hernandez Stadium in Aiken, S.C., but No. 13 Georgia College & State still has a chance to claim a share of the 2009 regular season championship next weekend in their three-game PBC series with Augusta State.
Currently 15-9 in league play, GCSU has to sweep the Jaguars in all three games to claim a share of the regular season PBC championship.
If GCSU drops just one game then the Pacers will claim the 2009 PBC regular season championship outright.
USC Aiken will be the No. 1 seed in the PBC Tournament due to the fact that they took the season series between them and the Bobcats by taking two of three from GCSU at the ‘Bert.
The Peach Belt Conference regular season championship is the second overall and the first for the Pacers since the 1994 campaign. The Pacers also have two PBC Tournament crowns (1992 and 1993) in program history.
USC Aiken’s regular season championship may now be a reality, but at one point it seemed like only a dream as the Pacers began the conference season just 1-5, getting swept by North Georgia and taking just one game from Francis Marion in their first two league series.