Nationally top-ranked Pacers draw No. 8 Montevallo in PBC Tournament

By: Staff Reporter
By: Staff Reporter

Saturday, May 4, 2013

GREENWOOD, S.C. – The top-seeded and nationally top-ranked University of South Carolina Aiken baseball team will face off against eighth-seeded Montevallo in its first game of the 2013 Peach Belt Conference Baseball Tournament at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8.

The 2013 Peach Belt Conference Baseball Tournament will be contested May 8-12 at Dolny Stadium at the Jeff May complex in Greenwood, S.C. The championship will be hosted by Lander.

The PBC Tournament is an eight-team double-elimination event whose bracket is modeled on the NCAA World Series model. The tournament will consist of four games per day on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and lead to a single championship game at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 12.

USC Aiken and Montevallo (31-18, 16-14 PBC) will be meeting in the first round of the Peach Belt Conference Baseball Tournament for the second straight year. Last season, Montevallo claimed a 6-5 10-inning win over the Pacers in the 2012 Peach Belt Conference Baseball Tournament First Round. The then 13th-ranked Pacers would knock the Falcons out of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament two days later with a 7-5 victory.

USC Aiken owns an 8-6 all-time series lead over Montevallo. The Falcons took two of three from the Pacers earlier this season in Montevallo, Ala.

The winner of the top-seeded USC Aiken-eighth-seeded Montevallo game will move on to face the winner of the fourth-seeded Lander-fifth-seeded UNC Pembroke game in game No. 8 of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 9.

The loser of the USC Aiken-Montevallo game will face the loser of the Lander-UNC Pembroke game in game No. 6 of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 9.

Winners of 14 of their last 15, the Peach Belt Conference regular-season champion Pacers closed out the regular-season with a 41-9 overall record. The Pacers were 24-6 in league play in the 2013 regular-season.

The 2013 Peach Belt Conference regular-season championship was the second for USC Aiken in the last five years. The Pacers also obtained the league regular-season title in 2009.

The Pacers have three regular-season championships in school history now as they also acquired the 1994 regular-season title. USC Aiken has two Peach Belt Conference Tournament championships (1992 and 1993) in its history.

USC Aiken's regular-season-closing three-game sweep of Georgia Southwestern left the Pacers having claimed 11 of its 13 three-game series in the 2013 regular-season (Lincoln Memorial, Carson-Newman, Shepherd, Francis Marion, Flagler, Young Harris, North Georgia, Augusta State, Lander, Columbus State and Georgia Southwestern).

The Pacers swept three-game series from Lincoln Memorial, Shepherd, Flagler, Young Harris, North Georgia, Augusta State, Lander and Georgia Southwestern.

For ticket information and further information on the 2013 Peach Belt Conference Baseball Tournament, please visit the official tournament website at: http://www.peachbeltconference.org/information/13basetournament/index
2013 Peach Belt Conference Baseball Tournament Bracket: http://www.peachbeltconference.org/information/13basetournament/13_tournament_bracket.pdf

2013 PBC Baseball Tournament
Hosted by Lander

Wednesday, May 8
Game 1- #2 Columbus State vs. #7 Georgia College – 10 a.m.
Game 2 - #3 Armstrong vs. #6 Francis Marion – 1:30 p.m.
Game 3 - #4 Lander vs. #5 UNC Pembroke – 5 p.m.
Game 4 - #1 USC Aiken vs. #8 Montevallo – 8:30 p.m.


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