USC Aiken improves to 4-0 after two wins Saturday

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Feb. 8, 2014 ORANGEBURG, S.C. – The University of South Carolina Aiken softball team racked up wins over Ohio Valley and Fayetteville State Saturday afternoon on the final day of the Claflin Tournament.

The Pacers downed Ohio Valley 9-3 before ousting Fayetteville State by an 8-0 score in just five innings.

For the second straight day, India Kornegay showed impressive work in the circle. She pitched her second complete game of the season and did not allow an earned run. She struck out 17 batters while walking just two.

At the plate, Kaitlyn White was four-for-four with a run scored. Victoria Burkett wrapped out three hits and two RBI while Magan Thrower posted a homer and a triple en route to a three-RBI performance. Hillary Stewart added a pair of RBI. Burkett and Ashley Metts each crossed home plate twice.

Kornegay struck out two of the first three batters and held the Fighting Scots off the board in the first inning.

Head coach Jerry Snyder’s team scored more than enough runs in the bottom of the first frame for Kornegay.

White doubled and moved to third on Madison Labrador’s single. After Labrador swiped second, Burkett’s single put runners on first and third as White was out at home. Metts singled home Labrador for a 1-0 lead.

Two batters later, Samantha Chubb drew a walk, plating Burkett. Then, Stewart’s groundout pushed the margin to 3-0.

Brittney Williamson scored in the second after singling and coming home on Burkett’s double. Stewart plated Chubb in the third frame after Chubb stretched a hit into a triple. Thrower launched a solo homer in the fifth before OVU got on the board with three unearned runs in the sixth.

In the bottom of the sixth, White doubled and scored on Burkett’s single. Burkett eventually scored, along with Metts, on Thrower’s triple, capping off the nine runs for the home team.

In the victory over FSU, Taylor Morgan threw her second straight shutout for the victors. She worked five innings, striking out eight and walking just three in the win.

Metts drove home three while Burkett added two RBI. Andrea Daring and White each had one RBI. White and Sarah Montei each crossed home twice.

After scratching a run across in the bottom of the first, Snyder’s squad broke things open in the second when White drove in Montei on a single. Two batters later, Burkett doubled home Shannon Traylor and Daring.

In the third inning, Chubb walked, stole second, third and home, giving the Pacers a 5-0 lead.

Metts doubled home Burkett and White in the fourth inning and the mercy rule kicked in when Montei scored on an error in the fifth frame, making it an 8-0 contest.

The Pacers are off until their home opener on Saturday, Feb. 15. USC Aiken hosts Queens at 1 p.m., and 3 p.m., in a doubleheader.