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No. 26 Lander baseball falls to No. 24 USC Aiken, 8-2

No. 26 Lander baseball falls to No. 24 USC Aiken, 8-2

AIKEN - The No. 24-ranked USC Aiken baseball team snapped Lander's four-game win streak Friday afternoon when the Pacers downed the No. 26 Bearcats, 8-2, in the first game of a Peach Belt Conference series at Roberto Hernandez Stadium.

USCA improves to 8-1 overall and 3-1 in the PBC, while Lander moves to 8-3, 3-1. Game two of the series is 2 p.m. Saturday, with the final game at 2 p.m., Sunday.

The Pacers' Erik Davis (3-0) was awarded the win after striking out 11, walking one and allowing three hits in 5.1 innings on the mound.

The Bearcats Will Jones (1-2) suffered the loss with one strikeout, four walks and five earned runs on six hits in 3.1 innings.

After USC Aiken took a 2-0 lead in the first inning via RBI singles by Jonathan Banks and Max Schoen, Lander tied the game in the second on John Mangum's two-run homer, his sixth roundtripper of the season.

The Pacers came right back in the third and seized the lead for good on Luke Westerberg's RBI single and Mitchell Price's sacrifice fly. The Pacers made it 6-2 in the fourth when Schoen drove Brian Parreira and Banks went home when Westerberg got hit by a pitch.

Westerberg and Banks had respective RBI singles in the sixth and seventh innings to extend it to 8-2.

Ryan Troutman and Zach Daly had two hits each for the Bearcats.