Beasley’s brilliance guides Pacers past Crusaders

Feb. 15, 2014 AIKEN, S.C. – Derek Beasley’s outstanding performance on the mound delivered the No. 2/8 University of South Carolina Aiken baseball team to a 7-3 victory over visiting Belmont Abbey Saturday afternoon.

The Pacers improve to 5-2 on the young season.

After a scoreless first frame, USC Aiken jumped on top in the bottom of the second stanza and never looked back.

With two down, Ryan Metzler doubled to center field and trotted home when Ben Donath rocketed a double toward the left field line for a 1-0 advantage. Head coach Kenny Thomas’ team struck for two runs in the third. Sean Miller singled to lead off the inning.

Then, with one down, Tyler Moore singled to left, putting runners on first and second. On a wild pitch, the two scampered ahead 90 feet. T.J. Costen’s grounder plated Miller and after an intentional walk, Moore came home on a wild pitch for a 3-0 margin.

In the fourth, Metzler singled and scored on Doanth’s double to left center, increasing the advantage to 4-0. The Pacers tacked on their fifth run of the game in the fifth when Matt Bosse laced a shot that inched over the right field fence for a solo homer.

USC Aiken was unable to push any runs across in the sixth, but quickly countered with two more in the seventh frame.

Ty Barkell led off the seventh with a solid double to left. With one down, Metzler walked. Then, with two down, Randy Luckett earned a base on balls to load the bases. Miller singled back up the middle, plating two for a 7-0 lead.

For the game, Beasley worked 6 2/3 innings before giving up a hit. He struck out seven and walked five in the contest. He surrendered just the one hit, coming in the seventh inning. Kevin Gifford came in with two outs in the ninth and picked up the save.

Donath and Miller each drove in two for USC Aiken in the win. Bosse and Costen had one apiece. Metzler was three-for-four with three runs scored. Donath and Moore were each two-for-four in the contest.

The Pacers return to action tomorrow when they host Belmont Abbey tomorrow for a doubleheader. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.