#22 USC-Aiken squeaks by #2 Baseball 3-2

AIKEN, S.C.--Senior third baseman Ian Kowalchuk’s one-out single to right field in the bottom of the seventh brought home the eventual winning run as #22 USC Aiken defeated visiting #2 Catawba 3-2 in baseball action on Saturday afternoon at Hernandez Stadium.  The Pacers win their fifth-straight overall to improve to 7-2, while Catawba falls to 7-3.    
Peden Rucker (3-0) got off to a rocky start as David Thomas and Mark Smith sandwiched hits around Matt Smith’s hit by pitch to load the bases in the first with no body out.  Rucker regained his form, however, and struck out the side.  The junior lefthander from Lexington, S.C. scattered 10 hits over eight innings allowing just two runs, both earned, fanning six and walking one in the win.  

Catawba got on the board first in the third after the Smith brothers walked and doubled to bring up the hard-hitting Jimbo Davis with no one out.  Davis slapped a double down the right field line to make it 2-0 Indians.  

The Pacers wasted little time in pulling back even with Catawba.  Montoya Young, the hero in Friday night’s 5-4 win over the Indians in 10 innings, led off the home half of the third with a single to left field.  After stealing second base, Young scored on an RBI double by Zach Cooper.  A wild pitch moved Cooper to third, and he then scored on Casey Derhak’s infield single to shortstop, tying it up at 2-2.  

Cooper went 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored and had two of the Pacers’ three extra base hits, both doubles.  Darryl Pui was the only other Pacer with a multi-hit day going 2-for-3 with a triple.  

Both teams were held in check until the Pacers’ seventh when Kowalchuk drove home the game winner.  It marks the second time in three games Kowalchuk has delivered the game winning hit.  

Nick Wandless came on to work a perfect ninth, striking out two of the three batters he faced for his league-leading fourth save.    

Mark Smith continued his tear against USC Aiken going 3-for-4 with a double and one run scored.  He is now 7-for-9 in the series.  Thomas finished 2-for-5.  

On the mound, Tim Smith (2-1) went the distance for Catawba tossing eight strong innings allowing just three runs, two earned, on seven hits and two walks, striking out three in suffering his first loss of the season.  


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«October 2019»
October 2

Soccer (W) @ Newberry 2-2

Soccer (M) @ Newberry 0-1

October 4

Swimming @ King Invitational 

Volleyball @ Lincoln Memorial 2-3

October 5

Cross Country @ Paul Short Run (Lehigh Univ.) M-32nd,W-37th

Swimming @ King Invitational W-2nd,M-4th

Football @ Limestone 24-52

Soccer (W) @ Coker 3-0

Volleyball @ Carson-Newman 0-3

Soccer (M) @ Coker 0-4

October 7

Golf (W) in RENDLEMAN INV. - Day 1 (CC of Salisbury)

Golf (M) @ State Farm Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Woodlake CC)

October 8

Golf (M) @ State Farm Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Woodlake CC) 6th of 12

Golf (W) in RENDLEMAN INV. - Day 2 (CC of Salisbury) 8th of 16

Volleyball vs. UNC PEMBROKE 1-3

October 9

Soccer (M) vs. LEES-McRAE 4-2

October 11

Cross Country @ Royals Challenge (McAlpine Park) M-12th;W-26th

Volleyball vs. ANDERSON 1-3

October 12

Football @ Carson-Newman 14-59

Soccer (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 1-0

Volleyball vs. NEWBERRY 3-1

Soccer (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 1-0

October 14

Golf (W) @ LeeAnn Noble Memorial - Day 1 (Achasta GC)

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Mimosa Hills CC)

October 15

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Mimosa Hills CC) 6th of 16

Golf (W) @ LeeAnn Noble Memorial - Day 2 (Achasta GC) 5th of 15

Volleyball @ Francis Marion 2-3

October 16

Soccer (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 1-2

Soccer (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 4-3

October 17

Tennis (W) @ Mount Olive 3-4

October 18

Volleyball vs. UVA-WISE - Dig Pink Match 3-0

October 19

Swimming @ East Carolina w/Campbell,LR 

Football vs. NEWBERRY 21-44

Volleyball vs. TUSCULUM 2-3

Soccer (W) vs. TUSCULUM 2-0

Soccer (M) vs. TUSCULUM 3-6

October 21

Golf (W) @ Flagler Fall Slam - Day 1 (Marsh Creek CC)

Golf (M) @ Queens Invitational - Day 1 (Irish Creek CC)

October 22

Golf (W) @ Flagler Fall Slam - Day 2 (Marsh Creek CC)

Golf (M) @ Queens Invitational - Day 2 (Irish Creek CC)

Volleyball @ Queens 7 p.m.

October 23

Tennis (W) v. Newberry 2 p.m.

October 25

Volleyball @ Coker 7 p.m.

October 26

Cross Country @ SAC Championships (Wingate Univ.) 9 a.m.

Football vs. MARS HILL 1:30 p.m.

Volleyball @ Wingate 2 p.m.

Soccer (W) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 5:30 p.m.

Soccer (M) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 8 p.m.

October 30

Soccer (W) @ Limestone 5:30 p.m.


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