#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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«April 2018»
April 3

Golf (M) @ Tennessee River Rumble - Day 1 (Tennessee National GC)

Tennis (W) @ JC Smith 9-0

Softball @ Newberry 5-2

Tennis (M) @ JC Smith 8-1

Softball @ Newberry 3-5

Lacrosse (M) vs. MARS HILL 11-9

April 4

Golf (M) @ Tennessee Rumble - Day 2 (Tennessee National GC) 10th of 16

Tennis (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 3-6

Tennis (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 4-5

Baseball vs. North Greenville (Flour Field) 5-6

April 6

Tennis (W) vs. MARS HILL 9-0

Tennis (M) vs. MARS HILL 8-1

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 18-12

Lacrosse (M) vs. LIMESTONE 11-12

April 8

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Cobbs Glen GC)

Softball @ Anderson 1-2

Softball @ Anderson 0-4

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 8-6

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 8-6

April 9

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Cobbs Glen GC)

April 10

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 3 (Cobbs Glen GC) 10th of 11

Baseball vs. MOUNT OLIVE 13-9

April 11

Softball vs WINGATE 3-4

Tennis (M) @ Coker 1-8

Tennis (W) @ Coker 4-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 9-14

Softball vs WINGATE 2-4

Lacrosse (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 11-20

April 12

Tennis (W) vs. SHAW 7-2

Tennis (M) vs. SHAW 5-4

April 13

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 3-6

April 14

Track/Field @ Phoenix Invitational

Football Spring Blue/White Game

Lacrosse (M) @ Queens 10-18

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 8-9

Lacrosse (W) @ Queens 10-16

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 13-12

April 15

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Woodcreek CC)

Softball vs LANDER, ccd. 2 p.m.

Softball vs LANDER, ccd. 4 p.m.

April 16

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Woodcreek CC)

April 17

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 3 (Woodcreek CC) 9th of 11

Softball @ Coker 2-3

Softball @ Coker 1-4

Baseball vs. BARTON 16-10

April 19

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships (Day 1)

April 20

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships (Day 2) M-9th; W-10th

Baseball @ Wingate 2-8

April 21

Softball vs CARSON-NEWMAN 0-5

Softball vs CARSON-NEWMAN 3-2

Baseball @ Wingate 9-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. TUSCULUM 13-11

Baseball @ Wingate 7-3

Lacrosse (M) vs. TUSCULUM 14-10

April 24

Lacrosse (M) @ Queens (SAC Tourn. - 1st Round)

Lacrosse (W) vs. LINCOLM MEMORIAL (SAC Tourn. - 1st Round) 4 p.m.

Baseball vs. UNC PEMBROKE 5 p.m.

April 27

Lacrosse (M) @ SAC Tournament (Semifinals)

Lacrosse (W) @ SAC Tournament (Semifinals)

Baseball TBA @ SAC Tournament noon

Softball vs. Coker (SAC Tournament) 3 p.m.

April 28

Softball @ SAC Tournament

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

April 29

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

Lacrosse (M) @ SAC Tournament (Championship)

Lacrosse (W) @ SAC Tournament (Championship)

April 30

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

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