AIKEN, S.C. – University of South Carolina Aiken head baseball coach Kenny Thomas unveiled the 2011 Pacer baseball schedule on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010.
The 2011 schedule features 31 home games along with a full Peach Belt Conference slate that includes five series against PBC East Divisional rivals Francis Marion, UNC Pembroke, Flagler, Lander and Armstrong Atlantic State.
"This is another great schedule for Pacer fans with 31 home games,” said Thomas. “It starts out tough with Lincoln Memorial and Barry the first two weekends. LMU always plays us tough and Barry is a national power each year. We all know how tough the Peach Belt is and you add the non-conference foes such as Erskine and Catawba it makes for an interesting schedule. Three conference weekends in a row on the road in March could go a long way in deciding our status in the Peach Belt. February will be here before you know it."
USC Aiken will commence the 2011 regular season with 18 consecutive home games.
For the seventh straight year, USC Aiken will play its first three-game series of its season against Lincoln Memorial. The Pacers and Railsplitters will begin their season-opening three-game set at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4 at Roberto Hernandez Stadium. The series will conclude with two single 1 p.m. games on Saturday, Feb. 5 and Sunday, Feb. 6. The Pacers own an all-time 20-12 series lead over Lincoln Memorial.
One week after Lincoln Memorial, USC Aiken welcomes nationally-renowned program Barry to the ‘Bert for a three-game series that begins with a 4 p.m. contest on Friday, Feb. 11. Two single 4 p.m. games will conclude the series on Saturday, Feb. 12 and Sunday, Feb. 13. Barry and USC Aiken will be squaring off for the first time since 1999.
The Pacers will welcome Newberry next to Roberto Hernandez Stadium for a single 4 p.m. encounter on Wednesday, Feb. 16. It is the first of two meetings between the two programs on the year as the Pacers will also play the Wolves in Newberry, S.C. at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22. USC Aiken and Newberry will be playing for the first time since 2008. The Pacers own the all-time series at 28-11. USC Aiken has won the last eight in the series.
For the second time in the last three years, USC Aiken will play host to Shippensburg in its next three-game series. The USC Aiken-Shippensburg series will commence with a 4 p.m. game on Friday, Feb. 18. The three-game series will close with single 1 p.m. games on Saturday, Feb. 19 and Sunday, Feb. 20. The Pacers took the only two games in the overall series between the two programs in a rain-shortened two-game series in the 2009 season.
The Pacers will conclude their first month of the 2011 regular season with a three-game set against first-time opponents Salem International. Just like all the other three-game sets in February, USC Aiken’s first ever meeting with Salem International will get underway at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 25. The series will also close with single 1 p.m. encounters on Saturday, Feb. 26 and Sunday, Feb. 27.
The Pacers’ second month of the 2011 season will begin with a single game against in-state rival Benedict at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2. USC Aiken is 5-0 all-time against Benedict.
Later that week, USC Aiken will open Peach Belt Conference play with a key East Division showdown with Francis Marion at the ‘Bert. The pivotal early three-game set will begin with a 3 p.m. game on Saturday, Sept. 6. The series will conclude with a doubleheader on Sunday, March 6. The twinbill will get underway at 1 p.m. The Pacers have a 44-25 all-time series lead over FMU.
USC Aiken and Catawba will play a two-game midweek series, beginning just two days later. The first game of the midweek two-game set is scheduled to get underway at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8. A day later, the series will finish up with a 6 p.m. game at the ‘Bert. The Pacers and Indians will play one more game in 2011 when the Pacers travel to Salisbury, N.C. to square off against Catawba at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 13. USC Aiken has taken 18 of the 30 previous all-time meetings between USC Aiken and Catawba.
The Pacers will hit the road for the first time in the 2011 season later that weekend for a short road trip to Peach Belt Conference rival Lander in Greenwood, S.C. The two PBC East Division rivals will open the three-game series with a twinbill that begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 12. The series will conclude with a 1 p.m. single game on Sunday, March 13. USC Aiken owns a commanding 27-12 all-time series lead over the Bearcats. The Pacers have won the last 12 in the series.
USC Aiken will return home after tangling with Lander for a midweek single game against Anderson of the South Atlantic Conference. The Pacers and Trojans are slated to get things underway at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16. USC Aiken has taken 10 of the 11 previous meetings between the two programs.
The Pacers will hit the road after taking on the Trojans for a three-game PBC East Division series with UNC Pembroke in Pembroke, N.C. The three-game set will begin with a twinbill on Saturday, March 19. The doubleheader begins at 1 p.m. A single 1 pm. contest will close things out a day later. The Pacers hold the all-time series lead in the series at 35-21.
After the second Newberry game of the 2011 season, the Pacers will play their final Peach Belt Conference series of March on the road in Milledgeville, Ga. against PBC West Division foe Georgia College & State. The series will begin with a 2 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday, March 26. The three-game set will finish with a 1 p.m. game on Sunday, March 27. GCSU owns a 41-28 all-time series lead over USC Aiken.
The first game of the Third Annual Outback Cup will be played on Wednesday, March 30 in Augusta, Ga. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. The second game of the annual non-conference classic between USC Aiken and rival Augusta State will be played at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 20 at Roberto Hernandez Stadium. USC Aiken has claimed all four Outback Cup games so far.
USC Aiken’s Peach Belt Conference East Division rival Flagler will help the Pacers begin the month of April with a three-game series at Roberto Hernandez Stadium. The first day will feature a doubleheader between the two programs on Saturday, Apr. 2. The twinbill will begin at 1 p.m. A single 1 p.m. game will close out the series on Sunday, Apr. 3. The Saints hold a 2-1 lead over the Pacers in their series as they took the first ever series between the two last year in St. Augustine, Fla.
The Pacers will try and move to a perfect 15-0 all-time against in-state rival North Greenville in their game at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Apr. 5.
USC Aiken will renew acquaintances with Augusta State for their annual Peach Belt Conference series next. For the first time since 2008 the series will be played in Augusta. The three-game series begins with a 12 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday, Apr. 9. One day later, the two will close out their series with a 12 p.m. single game. The Pacers own a 56-18 all-time series lead over the Diamond Jags.
The Pacers will then try and remain perfect against another non-conference foe in their next midweek game against St. Andrews at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Apr. 12. The Pacers own an 8-0 all-time advantage over the Knights.
USC Aiken will play the second of its two games with Catawba next before welcoming PBC East Division rival Armstrong Atlantic State to the ‘Bert for a three-game series to close out the week. The Pacers and Pirates will begin their series with a single 7 p.m. game on Friday, Apr. 15. One day later, USC Aiken and Armstrong Atlantic State will play a doubleheader, beginning at 2 p.m. The Pacers hold a slight 37-33 all-time series lead over AASU.
The second game of the Outback Cup is next before USC Aiken concludes its next week with its final Peach Belt Conference series of the year against PBC West Division opposition Montevallo. The three-game series will begin with a 4 p.m. doubleheader on Friday, Apr. 22. The series will finish with a 1 p.m. single game on Saturday, Apr. 23. The Pacers are 3-0 all-time against the Falcons, having won all three games in their PBC series in the 2010 season.
The Pacers will next play their second first time opponent of the 2011 season in Young Harris College at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Apr. 25. USC Aiken will then close the curtains on its 2011 regular season with a two-game set with fellow regional power Erskine College at Roberto Hernandez Stadium. The Pacers are 15-5-1 all-time against the Flying Fleet.
The USC Aiken-Erskine series will take flight with a 7 p.m. game on Friday, Apr. 29. USC Aiken will then close the curtains on its 2011 regular season with a 2 p.m. game against Erskine on Saturday, Apr. 30.
The final regular season game of the year will serve as Senior Day for the Pacer baseball team.