AIKEN, S.C. – In the first ever meeting between the two programs, the nationally 22nd-ranked University of South Carolina Aiken baseball team bested Paine, 8-4, on Wednesday at Roberto Hernandez Stadium.
USC Aiken (9-4) finished the win over Paine on Wednesday out-hitting the Lions, 9-6.
Two Pacers finished with multiple hits with Bryce Baur (Moncks Corner, S.C. /Florence-Darlington Tech) leading the way with three hits. He was 3-for-5 overall with one run scored.
JJ Loker (Elkton, Va./Spotswood) was a perfect 2-for-2 at the dish on Wednesday.
Paine (2-8) did not have anyone record multiple hits.
Taylor Peed (St. Leonard, Md./Calvert) picked up the win for USC Aiken on the hill. Peed dealt one inning in relief of starter Abram Cartledge, who pitched the first four innings. Cartledge just missed on obtaining his first win since a starter in a nine-inning game has to pitch five innings at minimum.
Cartledge (Thomson, Ga./Thomson) struck out six. Peed fanned one in his one inning on the mound.
Danny Wissmann (Arbutus, Md./Hammond) picked up his first save of the year in the game by pitching the final 1.1 innings of the game. He fanned three of the four batters that he faced.
USC Aiken utilized the services of five pitchers in total in the game.
Chris Hallet suffered the loss in the game for Paine. He pitched the first 3.2 innings, allowing seven runs.
The game was never really in doubt with USC Aiken opening the game by taking a 3-1 lead after the first inning.
The Pacers would tack on five more runs over the course of the game to pick up the four-run win. Paine scored three of its four runs in the seventh and eighth innings.
USC Aiken will next hit the road for the first time in the 2012 season for a Peach Belt Conference road series with Augusta State in Augusta, Ga. on Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4.
The three-game series at Lake Olmstead Stadium will begin with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 3. First pitch in game one is scheduled for 1 p.m. The series will close with a single 1 p.m. game on Sunday, March 4.