#17 USC Aiken Holds Off Late Rally from Baseball


AIKEN, SC -- The #17 ranked Pacers of USC Aiken withstood a ninth-inning rally to edge #14 Catawba 6-5 Saturday afternoon at Roberto Hernandez Stadium. With the weekend sweep, Aiken betters its record to 33-16 overall as the Indians fall to 39-14.

In the top of the ninth inning down 6-4, Catawba loaded the bases with no outs to set up a potential comeback. Brett Underwood (Greensboro, NC/SW Guilford HS) and Ethan Satterfield (Madison, NC/McMichael HS) both had singles while Cameron Beard (Conover, NC/Bunker Hill HS) reached on an error by Aiken reliever Taylor Grover.

After Garrett Furr (Gold Hill, NC/Mt. Pleasant HS) popped up to second, Underwood scored on a wild pitch from Grover to inch the Indians closer at 6-5. The Pacer hurler then got out of the jam by getting Chris Dula (Troutman, NC/S. Iredell HS) to pop up to first and Ryan Bostian (Kannapolis, NC/S. Rowan HS/Montreat) to strike out swinging as he picked up his sixth save of the year.

Will Tankersley picked up where he left off Friday night hitting a two-run homer to right in the first inning for the Pacers. Tankersley drove in Stephen Carmon who was on base after being hit by a pitch.

Catawba got one run back in the second when Julio Zubillaga (China Grove, NC/Carson HS) reached on an error by the third baseman Kevin Gifford. The mistake allowed Bostian to cross home plate after he also reached on an earlier error.

Aiken pushed two more runs across in the second inning to go up 4-1. Ty Barkell scored on a Logan Erickson groundout to second base while Bryce Baur singled in Tyler Bourdo on the next play.

With two out in the second, Ross Whitley (Mooresville, NC/Lake Norman HS) replaced starting pitcher Nick Lomascolo (Mooresville, NC/Lake Norman HS) after he gave up four runs on three hits. The junior left-hander took the loss and dropped to 9-4 on the season.

To start the fourth frame, Bostian walked and then stole second and third base to position himself to score. Mario Parisi (Shirley, NY/Longwood HS) singled to right field two plays later, sending Bostian home and cutting the deficit in half at 4-2.

The Pacers responded in the fifth inning, again scoring at a two-run clip to go ahead 6-2. Baur led off the frame with a double and later scored along with Carmon on a Bill Gerstenslager single up the middle.

Bostian found his way on base again in the sixth inning, this time being hit by new Pacer pitcher Thomas McLeod. A Satterfield shot past McLeod with two outs brought in Bostian while Dula had scored earlier on a Zubillaga sacrifice fly to center that made it 6-4.

Kelly Holt (5-4) was the winning man on the mound for Aiken, going five innings with just one earned run and two hits against him. He walked four while striking out six.

Catawba managed just five singles against Pacer pitching on the day, but was aided by seven walks and four defensive errors from Aiken as well. Satterfield completed the day with two hits and an RBI for the Indians.

The Indians now wait to see if they make the NCAA Southeast Regional Baseball Tournament in three weeks’ time. The top six teams from each region make the tournament based on regional rankings released from the NCAA.

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Today's Events

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 1),
Tennis (W) @ Mount Olive, 2:00
Tennis (M) @ Mount Olive, 2:00
Lacrosse (M) vs. CHOWAN, 27-12 WVideoStats
Baseball vs. COKER, 6:00Stats
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«February 2018»
February 1

Baseball @ Nova Southeastern 5-8

February 2

Baseball @ Palm Beach Atlantic 0-11

February 3

Golf (W) @ Barton Invite at Kiawah - Day 1 (Cougar Point GC)

Track/Field @ Maillet UNC Open

Softball vs. AUGUSTA 0-6

Baseball @ Lynn 11-12

Basketball (W) @ Anderson 69-75

Softball vs. AUGUSTA 4-3

Basketball (M) @ Anderson 77-65

February 4

Golf (W) @ Barton Invite at Kiawah - Day 2 (Cougar Point GC) 12th of 16

Baseball @ Nova Southeastern 6-25

Softball @ Mount Olive, ppd.  1 p.m.

Softball @ Mount Olive, ppd.  3 p.m.

February 6

Baseball @ Belmont Abbey 5-6

February 7

Basketball (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 56-61

Basketball (M) vs.LENOIR-RHYNE 84-77

February 9

Softball @ UNC Pembroke 6-4

Softball @ UNC Pembroke 0-8

Baseball vs,. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 7-9

Lacrosse (M) @ Belmont Abbey 10-18

Baseball vs. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 3-12

February 10

Baseball vs. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 6-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. FLORIDA SOUTHERN 6-24

Basketball (M) @ Bluefield St. 76-55

February 12

Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Fleming Isl. GC)

February 13

Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Fleming Isl. GC) 14th of 17

February 14

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 1)

Baseball vs. BELMONT ABBEY 5-7

Basketball (W) @ Coker 63-60

Basketball (M) @ Coker 79-77

February 15

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 2)

Softball @ Belmont Abbey 3-4

Softball @ Belmont Abbey 3-2

Lacrosse (W) vs. CONVERSE 16-6

February 16

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 3)

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 11-2

February 17

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 4) W-5th;M-7th

Softball vs SHIPPENSBURG 3-4

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 11-3

Softball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 8-4

Lacrosse (M) @ Mount Olive 3-15

Basketball (W) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 49-80

Basketball (M) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 89-104

February 18

Softball vs BARTON 11-3

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 4-6

Lacrosse (W) @ UVA-Wise 12-13

Softball vs BARTON 11-0

Tennis (W) @ Elon 0-7

February 19

Track/Field @ SAC Indoor Championships W-10th,M-10th

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 1 (Carolina CC) 

February 20

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 2 (Carolina CC) 4th of 9

Baseball @ Mount Olive 9-4

Lacrosse (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 11-10

February 21

Tennis (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 6-3

Basketball (W) @ Newberry 39-59

Basketball (M) @ Newberry 84-92

February 23

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 1) 

Tennis (W) @ Mount Olive 2 p.m.

Tennis (M) @ Mount Olive 2 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) vs. CHOWAN 27-12

Baseball vs. COKER 6 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) vs. ROLLINS 7 p.m.

February 24

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 2)

Baseball vs. COKER 1 p.m.

Softball vs USC AIKEN 1 p.m.

Basketball (W) @ Mars Hill 2 p.m.

Softball vs USC AIKEN 3 p.m.

Baseball vs. COKER 4 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Mars Hill 4 p.m.

February 25

Softball vs YOUNG HARRIS 1 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) vs. FLORIDA SOUTHERN 1 p.m.

Softball vs. YOUNG HARRIS 3 p.m.

February 28

Basketball (M) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Basketball (W) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Lacrosse (W) @ Belmont Abbey 3 p.m.

Baseball @ UNC Pembroke 3 p.m.

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