Pacers Blow Past Tornado on Monday

Pacers Blow Past Tornado on Monday

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The University of South Carolina Aiken softball team swept a road doubleheader on Monday afternoon against King at the King Softball Complex.

USC Aiken (3-3) obtained a 4-1 win in nine innings over King (2-8) in game one. The Pacers picked up a 5-0 shutout victory over the Tornado in game two. 

The Pacers will next stay on the road to face off against Erskine in Due West, S.C. on Wednesday, Feb. 20. First pitch of game one of the doubleheader is scheduled for 2 p.m. 

USC Aiken will then return home to host Brevard on Sunday, Feb. 24 at J.H. Satcher Field. The first game of the twinbill is slated to start at 2 p.m.

Game One: USC Aiken 4, King 1 (Nine Innings)

The score tied 0-0 in the top of the eighth inning, USC Aiken scored its first run of the contest when Brittney Williamson (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll HS) singled in Kaitlyn White (McAllen, Texas/College of Charleston).

The Tornado were then able to tie the game 1-1 in the bottom of the inning.

The run in the bottom of the inning for King would not be enough with USC Aiken scoring three in the top of the ninth to claim the victory.

Victoria Burkett (Gilbert, S.C./Gilbert HS) obtained the first run of the inning for the Pacers when she singled in Alyssa Cook (St. Leonard, Md./Aiken Tech).

A little while later with the bases loaded, Sarah Montei (Summerville, S.C./Summerville HS) singled up the middle to score two more runs and give the Pacers a 4-1 advantage.

Taylor Morgan (Chapin, S.C./Chapin HS) would then pitch a scoreless bottom of the ninth to secure the three-run win for the Pacers.

Morgan (2-1) garnered the win in the first game of the doubleheader, striking out 11. She allowed only two hits to the Tornado.

Hannah Light (1-4) suffered the loss in the circle for King in game one. She struck out five Pacers.

USC Aiken out-hit King, 8-2, overall in game one.

Lindsey Jones (North Augusta, S.C./North Augusta HS) and Cortney Sadler (Bradenton, Fla./State College of Fla., Manatee-Sarasota) were the only two to claim multiple hits in game one for the Pacers. Jones was 2-for-3 at the dish, while Sadler was 2-for-4. 

Game Two: USC Aiken 5, King 0 

USC Aiken opened the second game of the twinbill by plating two runs in the top of the second.

Brandy Bossle (North East, Md./Rising Sun HS) brought in the two runs for the Pacers in the frame when she doubled in Andrea Daring (Ridgeland, S.C./Thomas Heyward Academy) and Sadler. 

Two innings later, USC Aiken added another run when Bossle singled in Burkett.

USC Aiken would score its final two runs of the contest in the top of the seventh.

The first run in the seventh was claimed when Montei scored on a wild pitch. Montei had doubled to right centerfield in the inning to get on base.

A little while later, Jones hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield to bring in Williamson, who had reached on an error earlier in the inning.

Bossle was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate for USC Aiken in game two. She had three RBIs in total.

Montei was the only other Pacer with multiple hits in the game. She was 2-for-4 in the contest with one run scored.

USC Aiken out-hit King, 8-2, in game two as well.

India Kornegay (Eufaula, Ala./Eufaula HS) claimed her first win of the year in game two. Kornegay (1-2) fanned nine and allowed just two hits.

Morgan White (1-2) took the loss for King in game two. She struck out just one in the game.

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