Saturday, March 23, 2013
DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Winners of 10 straight, the nationally eighth-ranked University of South Carolina Aiken baseball team completed a three-game Peach Belt Conference sweep of North Georgia on Saturday at Bob Stein Stadium.
After opening the series with a 13-2 win on Friday, USC Aiken (25-5, 12-3 PBC) opened Saturday’s doubleheader sweep with a 9-4 game one victory. The Pacers closed out the three-game sweep of North Georgia (9-18, 3-9 PBC) with a 14-10 second game win on Saturday.
USC Aiken has now claimed seven of its eight three-game series this season (Lincoln Memorial, Carson-Newman, Shepherd, Francis Marion, Flagler, Young Harris and North Georgia). The Pacers swept Lincoln Memorial, Shepherd, Flagler, Young Harris and North Georgia.
USC Aiken will next travel just up the road to face rival Augusta State in the first game of the Fifth Annual Outback Cup. USC Aiken and Augusta State will open the two-game Outback Cup with a 6:30 p.m. contest on Wednesday, March 27 in Augusta, Ga. The second game of the Outback Cup will be at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24 at Roberto Hernandez Stadium. USC Aiken is 7-1 all-time in Outback Cup games. The Pacers own a 64-20 all-time series lead over Augusta State.
Game One: #8 USC Aiken 9, North Georgia 4
The Pacers entered the bottom of the eighth inning of game one clinging to a 5-1 advantage. North Georgia would then plate three in the bottom of the frame to pull within one at 5-4.
USC Aiken would then put the game out of reach for North Georgia in the top of the ninth inning with four runs.
The Pacers closed out their game one win out-hitting North Georgia, 13-10.
Bryce Baur (Moncks Corner, S.C./Florence-Darlington Tech) led the Pacers in the first game with a 3-for-5 performance with three runs scored and two RBIs. Baur was just a home run short of the cycle in the game as he singled, doubled and tripled in the contest.
Bill Gerstenslager (Solon, Ohio/Mercyhurst) continued his recent tear at the plate in the game as he was 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored.
Ty Barkell (Denver, Colo./Palmer Ridge HS) and Sean Miller (Crofton, Md./Archbishop Spalding HS) both concluded the game one win with two hits each.
Four Saints concluded their loss in game one with two hits each.
USC Aiken starting pitcher Derek Beasley (Harlem, Ga./Harlem HS) improved to a perfect 7-0 on the year in the game by dealing seven innings. He struck out four in the game.
Taylor Grover (North Augusta, S.C./Midland Valley HS) dealt the final 1.1 innings for USC Aiken to acquire his seventh save of the year.
North Georgia starter Clint Spratlin (1-1) earned the loss for the Saints on the mound in game one Saturday. He allowed five runs, while striking out three.
Game Two: #8 USC Aiken 14, North Georgia 10
In the second game on Saturday, USC Aiken owned an 11-3 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning.
North Georgia would then plate seven runs over its next two team at-bats to pull within one at 11-10.
The Pacers would not let the Saints any closer, scoring three runs over the course of the next two innings to claim the win.
Gerstenslager led the Pacer cause in game two. He was 4-for-5 at the dish, driving in one run and scoring another. Gerstenslager has now hit safely in 17 straight games.
Both Josh Miller (Chapin, S.C./Chapin HS) and Baur closed out the Pacer win with three hits each.
Josh Miller scored two runs and drove in another two in the game, while Baur scored three times and drove in another three runs in the Pacer victory. Both Josh Miller and Baur homered in the Pacer win.
Ben Donath (Aiken, S.C./Middle Georgia) also hit a dinger in the Pacer second game victory on Saturday.
Branden Millhouse (Summerville, S.C./USC Upstate), Sean Miller and Ryan Metzler (Glen Burnie, Md./Siena) each ended the second game on Saturday with two hits each.
Barkell did not claim multiple hits in game two, but with his hit in the second game on Saturday he now has hit safely in 21 straight games.
North Georgia narrowly out-hit USC Aiken, 20-19, in game two. Kenny Bellavance and Devin Gearhart each had four hits for the Saints in game two.
USC Aiken starting pitcher Wyatt Brown (Suwanee, Ga./Middle Georgia) improved to 4-1 on the year with his victory in game two. He dealt 5.1 innings, striking out two.
Sam Daniel (Evans, Ga./Greenbrier HS) pitched the final 2.1 innings for USC Aiken to obtain his first save of the year.
North Georgia starting pitcher Jacob Beauchamp dropped to 0-4 on the year with his loss on the mound in game two.
Game One: http://www.pacersports.com/sports/bsb/2012-13/boxscores/20130323_vqbk.xml
Game Two: http://www.pacersports.com/sports/bsb/2012-13/boxscores/20130323_lgvf.xml