April 16, 2014 AIKEN, S.C. – The No. 16 University of South Carolina Aiken baseball team lost a 6-2 decision to visiting Newberry Wednesday evening in a non-conference contest.
The Pacers are now 30-11 on the season.
Head coach Kenny Thomas' team fell behind 1-0 in the top of the fourth, but quickly evened the game.
In the bottom of the fourth, Ryan Metzler led things off with a double to right. He quickly moved to third on a wild pitch and trotted home on Matt Bosse's sacrifice fly, which tied the contest at 1-1.
USC Aiken took the lead with a run in the fifth. Sean Miller got things going with a single to right. He advanced to second when Kody Belcher placed a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher. Tyler Moore singled to left, putting runners on first and third with one down. T.J. Costen ripped a single to right field, allowing Miller to score for the 2-1 edge.
Newberry tied the game in the top of the sixth, but the Pacers had a chance to regain the lead in the bottom of the stanza. However, USC Aiken left two on after having two of the first three runners reach base safely.
The visitors took advantage of an error in the seventh as they scored two runs, including one that was unearned, for a 4-2 advantage.
Newberry added two more runs in the eighth, including another that was unearned, for a 6-2 margin.
Nick Yobbi worked four solid innings for Thomas and his team. He gave up just five hits and one run while striking out three.
Jake Padgett tossed 2.1 innings and gave up three runs, including two earned. Ben Black threw two-thirds of a frame while Sam Daniel pitched just one-third of a stanza and gave up two runs on two hits, but only one was earned.
For the game, Moore paced USC Aiken with a pair of hits. Metzler notched the lone extra-base hit for the squad. Costen and Bosse each drove in one while Metzler and Miller scored a run apiece.
Newberry tallied six runs on 13 hits with two errors while Thomas' squad tallied two runs on seven hits with two miscues.
The Pacers return to action Friday night at 5 p.m., when they play at No. 10 Columbus State.