MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – The nationally 29th-ranked/regionally
fourth-seeded Coker baseball team claimed a 2-1 10-inning victory over No.
3/regionally second-seeded USC Aiken in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional
on Friday evening at Scarborough Field.
With the loss, USC Aiken will now face off against No. 25
Georgia College in an elimination game at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 at
Scarborough Field. USC Aiken bested regionally fifth-seeded Georgia College,
11-7, in the opening round of the Southeast Regional on Thursday, May 16.
Georgia College eliminated regionally sixth-seeded Lincoln Memorial, 12-0, on
Friday to stay alive in the double-elimination regional.
With the win, Coker stays in the winner's bracket of the
regional and will next face off against national No. 1/regional top-seeded
Mount Olive at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
The winner of the USC Aiken-Georgia College game at 3
p.m. will move on to face off against the loser of the Mount Olive-Coker game
at 7 p.m. on Saturday. The winner of that game will move on to the championship
game at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 19 with a second game at 5 p.m. if necessary.
The game tied 1-1 entering the bottom of the 10th,
Coker's Fico Kondla started the inning by doubling off USC Aiken starter Derek
Beasley (Harlem, Ga./Harlem HS) then left the game in
favor of USC Aiken closer Taylor Grover (North Augusta, S.C./Midland Valley
HS), who picked up the win on the hill for USC Aiken in its opening round
victory over Georgia College.
Grover walked the first batter he faced and then hit
Coker catcher Frank Suarez to load the bases.
Shea Bell was then walked next to allow Kondla to score
the game-winning run for the Cobras.
Beasley suffered the loss due to allowing the double to
Kondla. Despite the loss, Beasley (9-2) pitched an absolute gem for the Pacers
as he dealt nine complete innings while striking out six and allowing just six
Coker reliever Zach Loraine pitched the final 3.1 innings
to obtain the win. He fanned six Pacers in moving to 5-2 on the year.
Coker starter Tyler Witzel pitched the first 6.2 innings
of the game for the Cobras. He allowed nine hits and struck out three.
USC Aiken finished the game out-hitting Coker, 10-6.
Three Pacers finished the game with multiple hits with
Branden Millhouse (Summerville, S.C./USC Upstate), Josh Miller (Chapin,
S.C./Chapin HS) and Tyler Moore (Evans, Ga./Evans HS) each registering two hits
in the contest.
Miller scored the lone run of the game for USC Aiken in
the top of the sixth. He started the inning for USC Aiken by doubling to left
centerfield. He was then brought home a short time later by a single through
the left side by Bill Gerstenslager (Solon, Ohio/Mercyhurst).
Loraine and Kondla led Coker in its win with two hits