Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019
AIKEN, S.C. – The University of South Carolina Aiken dropped a 9-1 decision to No. 5 Florida Southern in the final game of the three-game series Sunday afternoon.
The Pacers are now 7-3 on the season while the Mocs improve to 5-2.
Head coach Kenny Thomas' team jumped on top with a run in the bottom of the second. After loading the bags, Sean McQuillan's grounder to second base allowed Blake Jenkins to hustle home. Jenkins reached earlier in the frame with a single through the left side of the infield.
Garvin Alston Jr., was outstanding on the mound through the first four innings, keeping the Mocs off the board. He struck out seven for the day, including tallying four straight outs that way at one point. However, the visitors were able to plate three runs in the fifth to take the lead.
The Mocs pushed a run across in the sixth for a 4-1 advantage.
With one down in the bottom of the stanza, Conner Durden was hit by a pitch. He raced to second on a wild pitch. Luke Leisenring drew a walk to put two on base. However, a fielder's choice ended the threat and kept the contest at 4-1.
USC Aiken had a runner on base in the seventh, but the squad was unable to push across a run.
Florida Southern added three runs in the eighth and two in the ninth for the 9-1 victory.
For the game, Joey Smithers had a pair of hits and Jenkins had one. McQuillan drove in a run while Jenkins scored.
After Alston Jr., worked 4.1 frames, William Ard came in. He struck out one batter. Jon Yarbrough and Blake Seigler also saw time on the mound. Jacob Rye worked the ninth and promptly struck out three Mocs.
The Pacers return to action Tuesday when they travel to Wingate at 3 p.m.