February 24, 2013

Pacers Sweep Tornados with Two Shutouts

AIKEN, S.C. – The University of South Carolina Aiken softball team swept a doubleheader from Brevard College at J.H. Satcher Field Sunday afternoon.

The Pacers have now claimed six straight positive results.

The Pacers (6-3-1) won game one 6-0, and secured the sweep over the Tornados (4-6) with a 2-0 victory in game two.

USC Aiken will next be in action on Tuesday, Feb. 26 as they host North Greenville for a doubleheader. The first pitch of the twinbill is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Game 1: USC Aiken 6, Brevard 0

The USC Aiken softball team opened the doubleheader with Brevard with a 6-0 shutout victory.

The Pacers jumped out to an early lead by plating three runs in the first inning against the Tornados. Sarah Montei led off the home half of the first inning with a double and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Brittney Williamson then singled her in to put the Pacers on the board.

Hillary Stewart (Blythewood, S.C./Blythewood HS) and Victoria Burkett would also drive in runs in the first inning to give USC Aiken a lead that pitcher India Kornegay would never relinquish.

Kornegay (3-2) would pitch the complete game, while surrendering only one hit. Kornegay (Eufaula, Ala./Eufaula HS) was honored between games for becoming the 13th player in Peach Belt Conference history to strike out 500 batters in a career. She would add 12 more strikeouts to her total in game one to leave her with 536 career strikeouts.

Montei (Summerville, S.C./Summerville HS) and Cortney Sadler (Bradenton, Fla./State College of Fla., Manatee-Sarasota) would also drive in runs for the Pacers in game one. Montei, Williamson (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll HS) and Burkett (Gilbert, S.C./Gilbert HS) would earn multiple hits in the game to lead the offense.

The Pacers out-hit the Tornados 9-1 in game one. The lone hit for Brevard came on a double by Alyssa Miller in the top of the fourth inning.

Alyssa Miller (0-2) would earn the loss for Brevard in game one, while facing only three batters.

Game 2: USC Aiken 2, Brevard 0

The USC Aiken softball team saw another strong pitching performance by Taylor Morgan (Chapin, S.C./Chapin HS) in game two to complete the sweep with a 2-0 shutout.

Morgan (3-1) also pitched a complete game, while giving up only three hits and striking out seven Tornados in the game.

The Pacers scored their only runs of the game in the bottom of third inning. Montei would reach base on an error for the second time in the game. She would then steal second base to get into scoring position.

Williamson would next hit a home run over the left field fence to plate USC Aiken's two runs. The home run was the second of the year for Williamson.

Williamson and Burkett were the only Pacers to secure multiple hits in game two of the doubleheader.

USC Aiken out-hit Brevard 7-3 in the game. No Brevard player was able to earn multiple hits in game two.

Kayla Clemens (2-2) would get the loss for the Tornados in game two.

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