PEMBROKE, N.C. – The University of South Carolina Aiken
softball team earned a doubleheader sweep against UNC Pembroke on Friday
evening at LRA Field.
USC Aiken (20-14-1, 7-7 PBC) picked up a come-from-behind
victory in game one, 13-3, and won game two over UNC Pembroke (18-25, 4-10
The Pacers will next be in action on the road on April 2
against West Georgia. The doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.
USC Aiken will be at home the next day, April 3, as they
play host to non-conference opponent Carson-Newman. First pitch of game one is
slated for 1 p.m.
Game 1: USC Aiken 13, UNC Pembroke 3
USC Aiken earned a comeback win over UNC Pembroke, 13-3,
in game one on Friday.
The Braves owned a 3-0 lead after five innings in the
first game of the doubleheader. Taylor
Cloninger led off the bottom of the first inning with a solo home run, and the
Braves added single runs in the third and fifth frames to take the three-run
The Pacers' first runs came off of a Sarah Montei single
with the bases loaded in the top of the sixth inning. Lindsey Jones and
Victoria Burkett scored on the play. Kyle Maguire would score later in the
inning on an error to tie the game at 3-3.
USC Aiken was able to post a 10-run inning in the top of
the seventh, led by Victoria Burkett picking up two hits and three RBIs in the
inning. A Shannon Traylor (Prosperity, S.C./Mid-Carolina HS) single and Cortney
Sadler double also drove in two runs each in the inning. Kaitlyn White and
Alyssa Cook (St. Leonard, Md./Aiken Tech) picked up RBIs in the top of the
seventh as well.
USC Aiken out-hit UNC Pembroke 15-7 in the victory.
Cloninger was the only Brave with multiple hits in the game.
Every Pacer starter was able to pick up a hit in the
game. White (McAllen, Texas/College of Charleston) and Burkett led the way with
three hits apiece; each went 3-for-5 at the plate. Burkett (Gilbert,
S.C./Gilbert HS) also had three RBIs and scored three runs in the win.
Nicole Borden (Jacksonville, Fla./Bolles School) and
Montei both collected two hits, and Montei (Summerville, S.C./Summerville HS)
had two RBIs in the game.
Taylor Morgan earned the complete-game victory in game
one. Morgan (Chapin, S.C./Chapin HS) fanned three Braves in pushing her record
to 9-7 on the season.
Starr Gilley took the loss for UNC Pembroke, giving up
five earned runs in five innings.
Game 2: USC Aiken 6, UNC Pembroke 5
USC Aiken secured the doubleheader sweep with a 6-5
victory over UNC Pembroke in game two on Friday.
Both teams scored two runs each in the first and second
innings to put the game at a 4-4 tie after two innings.
Burkett picked up an RBI in the first inning to start the
scoring, and then Jones stole home to plate the first two runs. Jones (North
Augusta, S.C./North Augusta HS) would also drive in two runs with a single in
the top of the second inning.
Holley Berry had two RBIs in the first two innings to
lead the early scoring for the Braves.
The Pacers took a 6-4 lead in the top of the fifth inning
by way of a Sadler (Bradenton, Fla./State College of Fla., Manatee-Sarasota)
sacrifice fly and an Andrea Daring (Ridgeland, S.C./Thomas Heyward Academy) double
to right center field. Burkett and Hillary Stewart (Blythewood, S.C./Blythewood
HS) scored the Pacer runs in the inning.
The Braves were able to score once in the bottom of the
seventh inning, but India Kornegay was able to get a strikeout and induce an
infield popup to end the game with the potential tying run on base.
USC Aiken and UNC Pembroke each obtained nine hits in the
game. Three Braves were able to pick up multiple hits in the game.
The Pacer offense was led by Jones, who went 2-for-4 with
two RBIs and a run scored in the game. Burkett also had two hits in the game
for the Pacers.
Kornegay (11-7) earned the complete-game victory for the
Pacers. Kornegay (Eufaula, Ala./Eufaula HS) gave up five runs and struck out
three in the win.
Natalie Klemann (6-7) got the loss for the Braves in game