Pacers to Open Regional Play on Thursday

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – The nationally third-ranked/regional
second-seeded University of South Carolina Aiken baseball team will open the
2013 NCAA Division II Baseball Southeast Regional on Thursday against
fifth-seeded Georgia College.

 

The 2013 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional will be
hosted by regional top-seeded Mount Olive and held Thursday, May 16-Sunday, May
19 at Scarborough Field.

 

The 2013 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional will be
composed of six teams playing in a double-elimination format. The regional
features five teams that are currently in the top-30 nationally in third-ranked
USC Aiken, Mount Olive (First), Armstrong (t14th), Georgia College (25th) and
Coker (t29th).

 

Games are scheduled for 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. each
of the first three days of the regional and the championship game is slated for
Sunday at 1 p.m. A second game could be played Sunday if necessary.

 

Admission to the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional is
$10 per day for adults. Children 12-and-under will be admitted for $5.
All-session passes are available for $30 for adults. An all-session pass for
children 12-and-under is available for $15.

 

The winner of the double-elimination NCAA Division II
Southeast Regional will advance to the NCAA Division II National Finals May
25-June 1 at the USA National Training Center in Cary, N.C. Mount Olive and the
Town of Cary serve as co-hosts of the National Finals that feature the eight
regional winners.

 

The second-seeded Pacers will face off against 2013 Peach
Belt Conference Tournament champion and regional fifth-seeded Georgia College
(33-17) in the opening round of the regional at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 16.

 

Despite being Peach Belt Conference foes, third-ranked
USC Aiken and 25th-ranked Georgia College did not meet during the 2013
regular-season.

 

Armstrong (31-15) claimed the third seed in the regional
and will face off against fourth-seeded/Conference Carolinas Tournament
champion Coker (34-14) at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 16 in the opening round of
the regional.

 

Mount Olive (46-6) has hosted the Southeast Regional in
each of the last three seasons and five times in the last seven years. Mount
Olive will take on South Atlantic Conference Tournament champion/regional
sixth-seeded Lincoln Memorial (26-24) at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 16 in the
opening round.

 

The winner of the second-seeded USC Aiken-fifth-seeded
Georgia College game will face the winner of the third-seeded
Armstrong-fourth-seeded Coker game at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 17. The loser of
the second-seeded USC Aiken-fifth-seeded Georgia College game will take on the
loser of the top-seeded Mount Olive-sixth-seeded Lincoln Memorial game at 11
a.m. on Friday, May 17.

 

USC Aiken is making its eighth trip to the NCAA Division
II Baseball Tournament (1992, 1993, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2013).

 

The Peach Belt Conference regular-season champion Pacers
closed out the regular-season with a 41-9 overall record. The Pacers were 24-6
in league play in the 2013 regular-season.

 

USC Aiken enters the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional
with a 41-11 overall record.

 

The 2013 Peach Belt Conference regular-season
championship was the second for USC Aiken in the last five years. The Pacers
also obtained the league regular-season title in 2009.

 

The Pacers have three regular-season championships in
school history now as they also acquired the 1994 regular-season title. USC
Aiken has two Peach Belt Conference Tournament championships (1992 and 1993) in
its history.

 

USC Aiken's regular-season-closing three-game sweep of
Georgia Southwestern left the Pacers having claimed 11 of its 13 three-game
series in the 2013 regular-season (Lincoln Memorial, Carson-Newman, Shepherd,
Francis Marion, Flagler, Young Harris, North Georgia, Augusta State, Lander, Columbus
State and Georgia Southwestern).

 

The Pacers swept three-game series from Lincoln Memorial,
Shepherd, Flagler, Young Harris, North Georgia, Augusta State, Lander and
Georgia Southwestern.

 

All of the Pacer action in the regional will be able to
be followed live on USC Aiken's official athletic website at www.PacerSports.com.

 

 

 

 

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