AIKEN, S.C.--After trailing 2-0 heading to the bottom of the first inning, the ninth-ranked USC Aiken Pacers (24-5) erupted for 11 of the gameís next 12 runs en route to a 13-4 victory over North Greenville (3-23-1) in non-conference baseball action on Thursday evening at Roberto Hernandez Stadium.
In moving to 14-0 all-time against the Crusaders, the Pacers extend their current winning streak to seven while posting double figures in runs scored for the 16th time in 28 games.
Randy Stegall led off the game in the first frame by slapping a 2-2 pitch just inside the chalk down the first base line for a double. Following a fly out by Josh Hohn, Grant Kelley crushed a full-count offering over the wall in left to give North Greenville the early 2-0 advantage.
Stegall and Kelley each had two hits on the night, accounting for four of the teamís five hits. Stegall also scored three times.
An RBI single in the bottom of the first by Ryne Salmon scratched the Pacers into the scoring column and then they tacked on four in the second including RBI singles by Cody McMorris and Chad Jacobsen.
Kyle Rice and Salmon each added RBI doubles in the third as USC Aiken blew the game open with three in each the third and fourth innings for an 11-3 lead.
McMorris finished 2-for-3 with three runs scored while Salmon was 2-for-2 with three RBI. David Vitko chipped in a 2-for-5 evening, scoring three times and Gary Owens contributed three hits and an RBI.
Jonathan Bolt (2-1) tossed 94 pitches over 6.0 innings of work, allowing three runs, two earned, on three hits and one walk, fanning three in the win.
Michael Benjamin (0-2) suffered the loss allowing eight runs, but just two earned, on seven hits and two walks in 3.0 innings.