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April 17, 2012

USC Aiken Splits Doubleheader With Augusta State

AIKEN, S.C. – University of South Carolina Aiken sophomore pitcher India Kornegay set the all-time career saves mark in the second game of the doubleheader split with Peach Belt Conference rival Augusta State on Tuesday.

Kornegay (Eufaula, Ala./Eufaula HS)  now has four saves in her two seasons with the Pacers.

Game one was a pitcher's duel with Augusta State gaining the edge late in the game to win 1-0. USC Aiken would gain an early lead in game two and hold on to win 2-1.

The Pacers and Jaguars were both held without a run through six innings in game one. Kristen Jones led off the visitor-half of the seventh inning for the Jaguars with a solo home run to left field. The home run was only the third hit of the game for the Jaguars.

The Pacers would be unable to answer the lone run by the Jaguars to suffer their 16th loss of the season in game one.

No one for either team had multiple hits in the first game.

USC Aiken and Augusta State would both end game one with three hits.

Kornegay (19-11) pitched a complete game and fanned eight batters while claiming the loss in the circle for the Pacers.

Emily Headrick (16-5) earned the win for August State in game one.

USC Aiken would rebound early in game two, scoring two runs in the home-half of the second inning. Kayla Denham (Palatka, Fla. /Daytona State College) hit a double to left-center to drive in the pinch-runner, Shannon Traylor (Prosperity, S.C./Mid-Carolina HS), for the first run of game two. Denham would cross home plate later in the inning on a passed ball.

Augusta State (31-15, 12-8 PBC) would cut the two-run deficit in half in the fourth inning, but that would not be enough to overtake the Pacers.

USC Aiken was led at the plate with two hits apiece by Denham and Nicole Borden (Jacksonville, Fla./Bolles School).

USC Aiken out-hit the Jaguars in game two, 8-5

Samantha Lemm (Berlin, N.J./Eastern HS) pitched four innings and gave up four hits en route to the win for the Pacers. Lemm is now 6-5 on the 2012 season.

Kornegay pitched the last three innings scoreless to earn her second save of the 2012 season and the fourth of her career. She also struck out six batters in game two.

The 14 strikeouts in the two games increase Kornegay's career strikeout mark to 466 and her single-season strikeouts to 247. She currently owns the school record in both of these categories.

Heather Hughes (10-8) suffered the loss in the circle for the Jaguars in game two.

USC Aiken (25-16, 10-10 PBC) will next close out their week by heading to Columbus, Ga. to play in the single-elimination Peach Belt Conference Tournament on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22.

The Pacers will learn of their foe and seed after the conclusion of the Peach Belt Conference regular season on Thursday, April 19.

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