USC-Aiken blasts Davis & Elkin
Aranas collects three hits, four RBIs to power Pacers to victory
AIKEN, S.C. -- An extremely balanced offense helped 28th-ranked USC-Aiken baseball to a dominating 22-4 win against Davis & Elkins on Friday afternoon at Roberto Hernandez Stadium.
The contest was the first game of the inaugural Carolina Outdoors Classic.
Davis & Elkins (0-1) was able to collect the first run in the game in the top of the first inning, but from that point forward USC Aiken (4-0) took over in its eventual 18-run victory.
The game featured 18 Pacer batters having a chance at the dish. Nine different Pacers were able to secure multiple hits in the game.
Kevin Gifford and Nick Aranas each claimed three hits in the win for USC-Aiken.
Gifford concluded the game with three runs scored and an RBI, while Aranas had four RBIs in the contest.
JJ Loker was a perfect 2-for-2 with five RBIs for USC Aiken in the game. He claimed one of two home runs for the Pacers on the day when he blasted a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Ty Barkell procured the other Pacer dinger on the day when he opened the scoring in a five-run second inning for USC Aiken with a home run to right field. The tater was Barkell's second on the young year.
Pacer designated hitter Bill Gerstenslager was 1-for-1 on Friday with four walks. The four walks tied a school record for most walks in a single game.
USC-Aiken starting pitcher Derek Beasley dealt the first five innings of the contest, allowing just one earned run while fanning three. Beasley is now a perfect 2-0 in 2012.
Davis & Elkins starter Zach McElroy pitched the first 2.1 innings, allowing 10 hits and nine runs.
In total, USC Aiken utilized the services of four pitchers with the foursome combining to strike out eight Senator batters. The foursome also allowed only five hits to Davis & Elkins.
USC Aiken reliever Taylor Peed acquired four of the eight strikeouts in his two innings on the hill.