AIKEN, S.C.-- Visiting North Greenville (2-15) committed eight errors, and USCA junior Ken Raborn drilled his fourth home run of the season as #14 USC Aiken (12-4) held on for a 11-8 victory in non-conference baseball action at Roberto Hernandez Stadium. The Pacers led 11-3 before the Crusaders rallied for five runs in the eighth.
Raborn led off the Pacer half of the second inning with a long home run off the scoreboard in left field for the gameís first run. The Crusaders responded with a single run in the top of the third, tying the game against Pacer starter Jonathan Bolt.
Benefiting from two errors and getting a two-RBI double from Ryne Salmon, the Pacers grabbed the lead for good with a three-spot in the bottom of the third. Another run on a Cody McMorris sacrifice fly in the fourth made it 5-1 hosts.
North Greenville used a balk and a sacrifice fly in the top of the fifth to plate a pair and cut the deficit in half. It was Boltís last inning of work as the sophomore picked up his first win of the young season. Bolt (1-1) allowed three runs on five hits while striking out seven in five innings.
USCA extended the lead to 8-3 with a run in the fifth and two in the sixth. All unearned runs thanks to five North Greenville errors in the two frames. Chris Grandinetti, Gary Owens, and Chad Jacobsen all drove in a run as part of a three-run seventh inning.
With many Pacer regulars taking the rest of the night off, the visitors mounted a rally in the top of the eighth. Getting six hits and benefiting from a USC Aiken error, their only one of the night, the Crusaders scored five runs to cut the lead to 11-8.
Terry Oldaker worked around a one-out walk and a base hit in the ninth for his second save of the campaign.
Grandinetti was the lone Pacer with two hits in the contest as the freshman went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. North Greenville got three-hit nights from Randy Stegall and Cory Hinton and outhit the Pacers 13-8.
North Greenville will be back in action Friday afternoon as Lincoln Memorial visits Ashmore Field for a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m.