No. 9 USC Aiken Completes Sweep With Extra-Inning 12-9 Win Over Pirates

No. 9 USC Aiken Completes Sweep With Extra-Inning 12-9 Win Over Pirates

SAVANNAH, Ga. - No. 9-ranked USC Aiken scored three times in the top of the 10th inning to complete a wild 12-9 extra-inning Peach Belt Conference win over Armstrong State University on Sunday afternoon at Pirate Field.

The Pacers pick up their second PBC series sweep of the season, improving to 15-3 overall and 6-0 in the league, while Armstrong State falls to 13-6 overall and 0-3 in the PBC. The Pirates return to action on Wednesday, visiting Morehouse for a 2:00 p.m. non-conference contest.

The Pirates trailed by five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, 9-4, but drew five walks from reliever James Lynch - including bases-loaded walks by Zack Goble and Caleb Slaughter - to pull to within three runs, 9-6. 

With the bases loaded, Will Hodges lifted a long drive to left field that looked ticketed for a game-winning grand slam home run, but USC Aiken's Mitchell Price was able to keep the ball in the park. The result was a game-tying three-run double that sent the game into the 10th inning.

Charles Padilla then broke the deadlock in the top of the 10th with an RBI double, and Daulton Weeks added a two-run single for the final 12-9 margin, completing the series sweep.

William Ard (3-0) picked up the win in relief for the Pacers, giving up three hits and no runs in 1 1/3 innings of work, striking out one. Nick Andress (0-1) took the loss for the Pirates as he was tagged for four hits and three runs in 1 1/3 innings of work, striking out one.

Zack Goble drove in three runs for the Pirates, two on a fourth-inning home run, while Will Browning finished the day 3-for-4 and Hodges drove in four runs on a pair of hits. Daulton Weeks led the Pacers at the plate with a 4-for-5 day with five RBIs, including a pair of doubles.