Baseball falls 10-2 to USC Aiken

Baseball falls 10-2 to USC Aiken

AIKEN, S.C. – The Lander baseball team dropped the second game of its Peach Belt Conference series at USC Aiken on Saturday afternoon, falling 10-2 to the Pacers.

Lander (14-30, 7-19 PBC) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a sacrifice fly from Nathan Schreckengost that plated Mike Fitschen, but USCA (28-16, 19-7 PBC) scored five runs over the next four innings to take a 5-1 lead. 

The Bearcats cut into the lead as Bo Richey reached on a error in the fifth inning and later scored on an RBI single from Fitschen, but could not quiet the USC Aiken bats. The Pacers scored a run in seven of the eight innings they came to the plate, including each of their final six frames, to clinch the series. 

Christian Aragon (7-1) earned the win, allowing two unearned runs on three hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts in 6.0 innings. Joseph Whitt (1-3) was tagged with the loss, surrendering eight runs on nine hits with one walk and six strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work. 

The Bearcat and Pacers will conclude the series Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.