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Results vs. USC-Aiken (2008-04-22 18:30:00)

Falcons Drop Two to #9 USC-Aiken
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
AIKEN, S.C.--#9 USC Aiken defeated visiting Pfeiffer 11-4 in the first game of a two-game set Tuesday evening. In the second game USC Aiken (42-11) turned a 2-1 deficit into a 6-2 advantage and defeated Pfeiffer (26-31) 8-2 on Wednesday afternoon.

In the first game USC Aiken jumped ahead 1-0 early against Pfeiffer starter Chris Russell.

A solo shot off the bat of Eric Shoemaker tied the game in the top of the second.

The Pacers went ahead for good in the bottom of the second, plating three runs highlighted by a long home run.

After an error on Ken Raborn, the Falcons closed to 4-3 in the top of the third with a pair of unearned runs.

Freshman Chris Grandinetti drilled a solo shot off the scoreboard in left on the first pitch of the top of the sixth, ending Russell’s outing. The Pfeiffer hurler allowed nine runs, eight earned, on 11 hits while walking one and striking out one to fall to 0-2.

In game two a Falcon misplay of a potential inning-ending double play in the bottom of the fifth led to five unearned runs as Aiken turned a 2-1 deficit into a 6-2 advantage and never looked back.

Bryan Braxton and Zack Pou each had two of the Falcons eight hits while Eric Shoemaker’s sac fly in the fourth and Cory Adams pinch hit single to right in the fifth accounted for Pfeiffer’s two runs.

Jacob Moore (1-2) suffered the loss for Pfeiffer, giving up six runs, but just one earned, on six hits and four walks, striking out four in 5.0 innings.

Pfeiffer will close out their 2008 season on Saturday at Lander in a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 PM.

Pfeiffer at #9 USC Aiken Apr 22, 2008 at Aiken, S.C. (Hernandez Stadium) Pfeiffer 4 (26-30) Name (Pos) AB R H RBI BB SO PO A Braxton, Bryan 1b......... 3 1 2 0 2 0 9 0 Davis, Will c............. 4 0 1 1 1 0 4 0 Coke, Shawn cf............ 5 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 McGarity, Kyle lf......... 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 Pou, Zack rf.............. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Marsh, Ethan rf........... 4 0 1 1 0 1 3 0 Shoemaker, Eric dh........ 5 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 Hinson, Hayes 3b.......... 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 4 Wyke, Hunter 2b........... 3 0 1 0 1 0 3 1 Strickland, Josh ss....... 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 Russell, Chris p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Strickland,Z p............ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Totals.................... 37 4 11 3 4 4 24 10 USC Aiken 11 (41-11) Name (Pos) AB R H RBI BB SO PO A Cody McMorris cf.......... 5 1 2 1 0 0 5 0 Ryne Salmon dh............ 5 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 Chad Jacobsen 1b.......... 5 1 1 0 0 0 7 0 Ken Raborn 2b............. 4 0 1 1 1 0 3 2 Brad Adkinson 2b.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Nick Aranas 3b............ 5 4 3 1 0 1 2 1 Gary Owens rf............. 4 2 4 5 0 0 4 0 Jamie Benjamin lf......... 4 1 1 1 0 0 2 1 Gary Asbill c............. 3 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 Kyle Rice c............... 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 Chris Grandinetti ss...... 4 1 1 1 0 1 0 3 Jason Cochcroft p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 Steven Spire p............ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Houston Taylor p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Totals.................... 39 11 15 11 1 4 27 8 Score by innings: R H E ---------------------------------------------- Pfeiffer 012 000 010 - 4 11 1 USC Aiken 132 021 11 - 11 15 2 ---------------------------------------------- E - Hinson(22); Raborn(15); Grandinetti(22). DP - Falcons 1; Pacers 1. LOB - Falcons 12; Pacers 6. 2B - Jacobsen(15); Raborn(10); Aranas 2(18); Owens(16); Benjamin(4). 3B - Aranas(4). HR - Shoemaker(3); Salmon(2); Owens(12); Grandinetti(9). SB - McMorris(25). SH - Marsh(1). Pfeiffer IP H R ER BB SO AB BF Russell, Chris...... 5.0 11 9 8 1 1 26 27 Strickland,Z........ 3.0 4 2 2 0 3 13 14 USC Aiken IP H R ER BB SO AB BF Jason Cochcroft..... 5.0 6 3 1 1 0 22 24 Steven Spire........ 2.2 4 1 1 3 1 10 14 Houston Taylor...... 1.1 1 0 0 0 3 5 5 Win - Cochcroft 4-0. Loss - Russell 0-2. Save - None. WP - Russell; Cochcroft. PB - Davis. HBP - by Strickland,Z (Asbill); by Spire (Hinson). Umpires - Home:Clyde Hill 1st:Ted Manning Start: 6:30 PM Time: 2:35 Attendance: 81 Russell faced 1 batter in the 6th.
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