COLUMBUS, Ga. – The nationally 13th-ranked and Peach Belt Conference East Division third-seeded University of South Carolina Aiken baseball team upended national No. 30 and East Division fourth-seeded Lander, 9-3, in the PBC Tournament on Friday afternoon at Golden Park.
The victory means that USC Aiken (37-17) and Lander (36-17) will play again at 7 p.m. on Saturday for the right to advance to the 2012 PBC Tournament Championship game on Sunday.
USC Aiken dominated from start-to-finish in the win over Lander on Friday. The Bearcats did not score their first runs of the game until the bottom of the ninth inning.
The Pacers plated at least one run in five separate innings, including posting a four-spot in the top of the third inning.
Pacer starter Wyatt Brown (Suwanee, Ga./Middle Georgia) was the main catalyst in silencing the Lander bats in the contest. Brown (7-2) dealt the first eight innings, striking out five. He allowed just seven hits.
Kyle Tate was tagged with the loss. Tate (3-2) pitched 4.1 innings, giving up six earned runs.
USC Aiken out-hit Lander, 18-11, in total in the game.
Gerstenslager (Solon, Ohio/Mercyhurst) was 3-for-4 with one run scored and an RBI.
Tankersley (Thomson, Ga./Thomson) was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI. He blasted his 11th home run of the year in the game.
Nick Aranas (Lexington, S.C./Lexington) led the five Pacers with two hits. Aranas was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Aranas collected his second triple of the season in the game.
Josh Miller (Chapin, S.C./Chapin) ended his efforts with two hits, two RBIs and one run scored.