USC Aiken baseball fights for win over Georgia College in series finale


The USC Aiken baseball team posted a 10-9 victory over Georgia College on Saturday afternoon in the series finale.

The Pacers are now 9-25 overall, including 5-10 in PBC action.

Down 3-0 in the third inning, Doom Dennis singled through the right side and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Cade Bouknight. After a walk to Josh Sharp, Luke Parker recorded an infield hit, allowing Dennis to score. Two batters later, Joseph Mozingo ripped a single to center field, driving in Sharp. With the bases loaded, Dalton Graves was hit by a pitch, driving in Parker and tying the score at 3-3.

Trailing 5-3 in the fourth, Bouknight tallied a one-out single up the middle. Sharp's single put two on before Parker's base hit plated Bouknight. Capers Molinaroli followed suit with an RBI single, knocking in Sharp. With the bases loaded, Jack Hobson tallied an infield single that scored Molinaroli, giving the home team a 7-5 lead.

USCA tacked on a run in the fifth. With one away, Sharp hit an infield single and raced home on Parker's double to left field.

In the sixth, Graves posted a lead-off walk. Two batters later, he was able to take his time around the bases as Brandon Osypczuk launched a two-run shot over the right field fence.

The Bobcats battled back in the eighth, trimming the deficit to just one at 10-9. In the ninth, the visitors had a chance to tie, but AJ Deibel entered the game and quickly retired the next three batters, securing the hard-fought victory.

For the game, Parker led the way with three hits, including a double, three RBI and two runs scored. Molinaroli and Mozingo had two hits apiece. Mozingo and Osypczuk notched two RBI each while Sharp crossed home three times.

On the mound, Kevin Cox got the start and had three strikeouts. Derek Espinoza entered the game and worked 5 2/3 strong innings. He had four strikeouts. Cole Evilsizor and Louie Smith each saw time on the mound prior to Deibel's appearance. Deibel had a strikeout while picking up his first save. Espinoza was credited with the victory.

The Pacers return to action at 5 p.m. Wednesday when they play at Catawba.