Two Run Sixth Inning Propels Pacers past CSU 4-3 in Game Two
Aiken, SC– USC-Aiken scored two runs in the sixth inning with two outs to register a come from behind 4-3 victory over Columbus State in game two this afternoon at J.H. Satcher field. CSU closes out the regular season at 36-14 and 12-8 in conference play. USC Aiken improves to 26-14 on the year and 9-11 in league action.
The Lady Cougars capitalized on an error by USC Aiken to get on the board first in game two. Keeley Kennedy walked and then stole second before a Casey Googe pop out to short was dropped with two outs, allowing Kennedy to score to put CSU up 1-0.
Once again the lead wouldn't last long as the Pacers would plate two runs on back to back doubles in the bottom of the frame to make it 2-1.
CSU would battle back to tie the game at 2 all in the fourth as Senior Rocky Hemmer launched her third home run of the year over the fence in right center.
The Lady Cougars would add another run in the fifth on an RBI single from Kennedy to make it 3-2. Kara Gordon started things with a walk, then stole second and advanced to third as the throw sailed into center.
Columbus State retired the first two hitters in the sixth before USC Aiken used some clutch two-out hitting to score a pair of runs on three straight two-out hits to put the Pacers up 4-3.
Pacer reliever Kylee Knopp would induce three ground balls to retire the side in order for CSU in the seventh to secure the 4-3 game two win for USCA hand Columbus State its third one run loss in its past four games.
Erin Tyson suffered the tough loss for Columbus State in game two, falling to 3-2 on the season. Tyson worked 5.2 innings allowing five hits and five runs (four earned) while fanning two.
Columbus State was held to just four hits in the nightcap. Gordon, Kennedy, and Branigan Wix all registered hits in the game. Rocky Hemmer was 1-for-2 with a home run.
CSU will return to action on Friday April 15 when it travels to Florence, South Carolina to participate in the 2011 Peach Belt Conference tournament.