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USC Aiken softball sweeps Belmont Abbey

Feb. 14—The USC Aiken softball team swept Belmont Abbey by scores of 3-0 and 3-1 Wednesday afternoon.

The Pacers are now 6-2 on the season.

In game one, Payton Baker tossed a gem. She recorded a complete game, one-hit shutout. Baker struck out eight batters without allowing a walk.

USC Aiken loaded the bases in the bottom of the second inning with one down, but back-to-back outs ended the threat.

Head coach Jaclin Poole's team broke through in the bottom of the fourth when Skylar Morley ripped a base hit to center field. Her hustle allowed her to scamper to second base for a double. A single up the middle by Chloe Phillips allowed Morley to race home for a 1-0 advantage.

Dewalt started the sixth inning off with a walk and moved to second on Lydia Johnson's bunt single. With one down, Mallory Shaver roped a single to left center field, plating Dewalt, for a 2-0 lead.

Ella Stone extended the margin to 3-0 with a one-out solo round-tripper in the bottom of the sixth frame.

For the game, Johnson, Morley and Chloe Phillips had two hits apiece. Stone hit a home run while Dewalt and Morley each doubled. Chloe Phillips drove in a run as did Shaver and Stone.

In game two, Poole's team trailed 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning but the squad quickly went to work. With one down, Johnson singled to left field and trotted home when Austyn Dixon crushed an offering over the center field wall for a two-run homer.

Morley registered a lead-off single in the sixth frame. After moving to second on an error, Shaver singled to load the bases. She came home on a Chloe Phillips' base knock to right field for a two-run lead.

For the game, Dixon and Johnson had a pair of hits. Dixon registered two RBI while Chloe Phillips had one RBI.

In the circle, Lakyn Phillips recorded an outstanding game, striking out 11 while giving up just one run on three hits with just one walk.

The Pacers return to action Saturday when they play at Anderson for a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.