Friday, May 9, 2014
ANDERSON, S.C. – The University of South Carolina Aiken was unable to defeat the Pirates of Armstrong Friday afternoon, falling by a 6-0 score in the first round of the NCAA Southeast Regional Tournament, which was hosted by Anderson.
The Pacers are now 32-15 on the season.
Things started out well for head coach Jerry Snyder’s team as Kaitlyn White ripped a single up the middle to lead off the game. Sarah Montei put down a well-executed bunt, pushing White to second with one down. However, Samantha Chubb belted a shot into center field, which was caught. The center fielder quickly threw the ball back to the infield, doubling off White for the final out of the first frame.
The Pirates took control of the game in the bottom of the first, plating four runs, for the 4-0 edge. The big hit of the frame came when Haley Ellis cleared the bases with a double, which scored three on the play.
USC Aiken threatened in the second inning, but came away without a run. Victoria Burkett and Alyssa Cook each drew one-out walks, but a strikeout and a hard-hit liner to second ended the stanza.
The Pacers gave up another run in the bottom of the second on a solo homer, making the score 5-0.
Snyder’s team was unable to get another base runner until the top of the fifth. With one down, Magan Thrower singled up the middle. After Brielle Jungblut came in as a pinch hitter, Madison Labrador reached on a fielding error, putting runners on first and second. Brittney Williamson’s sacrifice bunt pushed the runners up 60 feet, but a groundout stranded two.
Armstrong tacked on a run in the bottom of the sixth and the Pirates managed to retire the side in order in the top of the seventh, securing the victory.
India Kornegay took the loss for USC Aiken. She now stands at 22-5 and has 298 career strikeouts. Snyder’s team left four runners on base, tallying just two hits and drawing two walks in the contest.
The Pacers return to action tomorrow at 1:30 p.m., in an elimination game.