DUE WEST, S.C. – The University of South Carolina Aiken softball team picked up a victory and a tie in its doubleheader with Erskine on Wednesday at the EC Softball Complex.
The Pacers claimed a thrilling 4-3 come-from-behind win over Erskine (2-5-1) in game one before the two teams tied, 4-4, in eight innings in game two.
USC Aiken (4-3-1) will next 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, Erskine 3
USC Aiken arrived on the scoreboard first in game one when Lindsey Jones (North Augusta, S.C./North Augusta HS) doubled in Sarah Montei (Summerville, S.C./Summerville HS) for a 1-0 Pacer lead in the top of the third inning. Montei had singled earlier in the inning to get on base.
Erskine would then plate three in the bottom half of the inning to take a 3-1 advantage.
The Pacers would cut the Flying Fleet lead to just one at 3-2 in the top of the fifth inning. With Jones on second with two outs after doubling, Hillary Stewart (Blythewood, S.C./Blythewood HS) then doubled in Jones.
Still down by one run, USC Aiken's Brittney Williamson (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll HS) commenced the top of the seventh by singling. She then advanced to second on a passed ball. She was then able to come home and tie the game at 3-3 a little while later after an error by the Erskine pitcher.
Shortly thereafter, the Pacers went ahead when Jones scored on an error by the Flying Fleet first baseman.
India Kornegay (Eufaula, Ala./Eufaula HS) would then pitch a scoreless bottom of the seventh to secure USC Aiken's come-from-behind victory.
Kornegay fanned eight in her win in the circle. She only allowed two hits in the Pacer game one victory.
Kornegay is now 2-2 on the 2013 season.
USC Aiken overall out-hit Erskine, 9-2, in game one.
The trio of Montei, Williamson and Jones led the Pacers in game one with two hits each. Jones, who had two of USC Aiken's four doubles in game one, finished the first game with two runs scored and an RBI. Montei and Williamson both scored a run in the Pacer victory.
Kelsey Spurrier (1-3) suffered the loss in the circle in game one for the Flying Fleet. Spurrier was only able to fan two Pacers.
Game Two: USC Aiken 4, Erskine 4 (Eight Innings)
In the second game, Erskine scored the first three runs of the game.
The Pacers would battle back to tie the game with three runs of their own in the top of the fifth inning.
Cortney Sadler (Bradenton, Fla./State College of Fla., Manatee-Sarasota) secured the first run of the frame for the Pacers when she singled through the left side to score Kaitlyn White (McAllen, Texas/College of Charleston).
Nicole Borden (Jacksonville, Fla./Bolles School) collected the final two runs of the inning for the Pacers when she singled to centerfield to plate Jones and Williamson.
White gave the Pacers a 4-3 lead in the top of the eighth when she singled in Victoria Burkett (Gilbert, S.C./Gilbert HS). The Flying Fleet would then tie the game at 4-4 in the bottom half of the inning.
The game would unfortunately not go any further due to Erskine not having lights at its softball facility.
Borden and White led the Pacers in game two with two hits each. Borden had the two RBIs, while White scored a run to go along with her RBI.
Ericka McCarson led the Flying Fleet in game two. She was 3-for-4 with one run scored.
Overall, USC Aiken out-hit Erskine, 9-8, in game two.
USC Aiken's Taylor Morgan struck out eight in her eight innings in the circle in game two.
Three different pitchers were in the circle for Erskine in game two.