Pacers start the season with a chip on their shoulder

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Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019

Aiken, SC--In just a week, the college baseball season starts on the division two front. As is the case, USC Aiken should be among the top teams not only in the Peach Belt, but in the southeast as well.

This year's team is built around its experienced pitching staff. The pacers return starters Mitch Spence and Zach Refuse, who ranked among the top pitchers in the PBC a year ago. Add in a bullpen, stacked with talent, the Pacers are good to go on the mound. Offensively, they have big shoes, as they've lost two of their top hitters to graduation. It's a next man up mentality and they're confident everything will fall into place.

"Still that's our question mark, where we are there. We're trying to figure out our identity. One day I think, 'hey I'm going to put all speedsters out there and we're going to run, run, run. Next day I say nah, I'm going to put some power out there, trying to hit it over the fence.' We've got to figure out what our identity offensively is." Kenny Thomas said.

The Pacers say they're playing with a chip on their shoulder this year after being snubbed for a spot in the NCAA's. They open the season next Friday against Lincoln Memorial.