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March 3, 2013

Pacer Pitching leads to Winning Record at Mid-South Classic

DUNCAN, S.C. - The University of South Carolina Aiken softball team posted a 2-1 record at the Mid-South Classic on Sunday. Strong pitching led the way for the Pacers in both their victories and the hard-luck loss.

USC Aiken was able to win its first game against Ohio Dominican, 3-0, and the second game with Bellarmine, 1-0, in shutout fashion. USC Aiken fell to Lenoir-Rhyne, 1-0, in the third game Sunday.

The third game loss to Lenoir-Rhyne snapped a 10-game positive result streak for the Pacers. USC Aiken had entered the contest with Lenoir-Rhyne 9-0-1 in its last 10 games.

The Pacers (10-4-1) will next be in action at home against Wingate on Wednesday, March 6 as they play host to Wingate. They will begin Peach Belt Conference play the next day by traveling to Florence, S.C. to take on the Francis Marion Patriots.

Game 1: USC Aiken 3, Ohio Dominican 0

USC Aiken defeated Ohio Dominican, 3-0, in early action Sunday morning behind the first career no-hitter by freshman Taylor Morgan.

Morgan (5-1) struck out 11 Panthers, while tossing the complete-game no-hitter.

The Pacers scored their first run early on a double to right center by Alyssa Cook (St. Leonard, Md./Aiken Tech) that drove in Brandy Bossle in the bottom of the second inning. Bossle (North East, Md./Rising Sun HS) came in to pinch run for Cortney Sadler.

USC Aiken would add two insurance runs off the bat of Lindsey Jones (North Augusta, S.C./North Augusta HS) in the bottom of the sixth inning. Jones drove in Brittney Williamson (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll HS) and Victoria Burkett, both of whom reached on singles.

No Pacer was able to acquire multiple hits in the game, but the five hits and three runs were enough for Morgan (Chapin, S.C./Chapin HS).

Ohio Dominican (2-10) almost pushed across a run in the top of the fifth inning after a walk and an error put runners on base. Sadler (Bradenton, Fla./State College of Fla., Manatee-Sarasota) was able to field a squeeze play and throw out Alex Cribari at home as Cook blocked the plate. Morgan would strike out the next batter to end the inning.

Rachael Stanzel (1-7) took the loss for the Panthers.

Game 2: USC Aiken 1, Bellarmine 0

A strong pitching performance by India Kornegay led USC Aiken to its second-straight shutout victory on Sunday.

The only run of the game came from a solo blast to centerfield by Burkett (Gilbert, S.C./Gilbert HS) in the top of the second inning. The Pacers would get two more runners to third base, but they were not able to score any more runs.

Kornegay (5-2) only allowed two hits, while striking out 14 Knights in her complete game shutout. Kornegay (Eufaula, Ala./Eufaula HS) allowed only four base runners, and only one got past second base.

USC Aiken out-hit Bellarmine (5-7), 5-2, in the game. Sarah Montei (Summerville, S.C./Summerville HS) was the only Pacer to collect multiple hits in the game, going 2-for-3.

Tanner Tevis (1-3) took the loss for the Knights.

Game 3: Lenoir-Rhyne 1, USC Aiken 0

The USC Aiken softball team fell 1-0 to Lenoir-Rhyne in its final game Sunday at the Mid-South Classic.

Morgan (5-2) had another strong pitching performance, but was the hard-luck loser for the Pacers. Morgan struck out eight Bears and only surrendered four hits. The one run scored by Lenior-Rhyne (12-5) was unearned.

The Pacers best scoring chance came in the fourth inning when Jones doubled to right field and advanced to third by tagging up on a fly ball. The Pacers were unable to drive her in though.

USC Aiken and Lenior-Rhyne both collected four hits in the game. The Bears' Jody Mizelle was the only player to collect multiple hits in the game.

Maryann Hoskins (5-2) picked up the win for the Bears, pitching the shutout and also striking out eight.

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