13th-Ranked Pacers Drop Heartbreaker to Montevallo in PBC Tournament Opener
COLUMBUS, Ga. – Peach Belt Conference West Division second-seeded Montevallo scored a run in the bottom of the 10th inning to pick up a 6-5 upset win over nationally 13th-ranked and Peach Belt Conference East Division third-seeded USC Aiken during the first game of the 2012 Peach Belt Conference Tournament on Wednesday morning at Golden Park.
USC Aiken (34-17) will next fight to stay alive in the double-elimination Peach Belt Conference Tournament by playing in game five of the PBC Tournament at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 10. USC Aiken will face off against West No. 4 North Georgia.
Montevallo (25-26) scored the first four runs of the game on Wednesday to own a 4-0 lead after three innings.
USC Aiken netted its first run of the contest in the top of the fifth. USC Aiken would then pull within one with two runs in the top of the sixth.
Josh Miller (Chapin, S.C./Chapin) would pull the Pacers even in the contest in the top of the eighth inning with a solo home run to left field.
One inning later, USC Aiken looked to put itself in position for the win when JJ Loker (Elkton, Va./Spotswood) singled through the right side to score pinch-runner Dylan Durham (Trenton, S.C./Strom Thurmond) and put the Pacers ahead, 5-4.
Montevallo would not let the Pacers emerge with the win though with the Falcons scoring one in the bottom of the ninth to even the game at 5-all.
After USC Aiken was unable to score in the top of the 10th, Montevallo pinch-hitter Vinny Rodriquez doubled in the winning run for Montevallo in the bottom of the inning.
Montevallo narrowly out-hit USC Aiken, 9-7, in the game.
Bill Gerstenslager (Solon, Ohio/Mercyhurst) was the only Pacer with multiple hits in the contest. He was 2-for-3 in the game.
Austin Dubberly led Montevallo in its win with two hits.
One of five Pacer pitchers on the day, Tyler Stephan (Louisville, Ky./Trinity) suffered the loss on the hill for USC Aiken. Stephan (1-1) pitched 1.1 innings.
The five Pacer pitchers combined for 12 strikeouts in the game with Thomas McLeod (Chapin, S.C./Chapin) collecting seven of the 12 strikeouts.
Montevallo reliever Wes Rich pitched the final 1.2 innings to claim the win. He is now 4-3.