No. 10 Pacers baseball rallies late for 13-8 win

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

AIKEN, S.C. – The nationally 10th-ranked University of South Carolina Aiken baseball team scored 12 of its 13 runs in the final four innings in a come-from-behind 13-8 victory over Lincoln Memorial on Saturday afternoon at Roberto Hernandez Stadium.

The Pacers entered the bottom of the eighth inning down 8-7 to the Railsplitters.

USC Aiken (2-0) took its first lead of the game at 9-8 in the bottom half of the eighth when Bryce Baur (Moncks Corner, S.C./Florence-Darlington Tech) blasted a two-run tater to score Grayson Smith (Aiken, S.C./Mercer), who had walked earlier in the inning.

The two-run shot by Baur would be the first two of six runs in the bottom of the eighth for the Pacers.

Shortly after Baur’s home run, Ty Barkell (Denver, Colo./Palmer Ridge HS) tripled in Josh Miller (Chapin, S.C./Chapin HS) to give the Pacers a 10-8 advantage. With Barkell on third, Dylan Durham (Trenton, S.C./Strom Thurmond HS) then bunted him in to leave the Pacers with an 11-8 lead.

Ben Donath (Aiken, S.C./Middle Georgia) then doubled in two more runs for USC Aiken to give the Pacers their eventual five-run win.

USC Aiken ended its win over Lincoln Memorial (0-2) out-hitting the Railsplitters, 19-10.

Six different Pacers finished with multiple hits in the contest with Baur leading the way with three hits, three RBIs and one run scored. Sean Miller (Crofton, Md./Archbishop Spalding HS) also had three hits in the game. He also scored one run and had an RBI.

Miller, Barkell, Donath and Bill Gerstenslager (Solon, Ohio/Mercyhurst) each claimed two hits in the contest.

Lincoln Memorial was led by Andre Rodriquez in its loss. Rodriquez closed out the game with three hits and two runs scored.

Six different Pacers pitched in the contest with reliever Cole Lee acquiring the victory on the hill for USC Aiken. Lee (1-0) pitched 1.1 innings and struck out one.

The six Pacer pitchers combined to strike out eight Railsplitters.

Lincoln Memorial reliever Hunter Hill (0-1) was saddled with the loss in the game. Hill gave up five runs in a third of an inning on the mound.

USC Aiken will next try and claim its second straight sweep of Lincoln Memorial in the final game of its three-game season-opening series at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3 at Roberto Hernandez Stadium.

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