AIKEN, S.C. - Senior first baseman Steven Kinney drove in two of the team�s four runs and four Pacer pitchers combined to hold Newberry (9-37-1) to just two scores as 12th ranked USC Aiken (35-10) knocked off the Indians 4-2 in non-conference baseball action on Wednesday night at Roberto Hernandez Stadium. It was the Pacers seventh-straight win.
Kinney broke the scoreless tie in the second with a leadoff home run to right field. The Duncan, S.C. native finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI.
Brandon Manasa (Miami, Fla.) knotted the game at 1-1 in the top of the fifth with a two out single to center field, plating Gary Hersey (Key West, Fla.).
After the Pacers scored in the home half of the inning to go back on top 2-1 on an Ian Kowalchuk single and two errors, Joel Keefe (Andover, Mass.) again tied the game at 2-2 with an RBI single back up the middle scoring Anthony Dillenger (Gaffney, S.C.) who doubled.
Robert Davis doubled to right center in the bottom of the sixth, setting up Kinney�s one out RBI single to left field as Davis came around to score the game winner. Marc Joehnk singled and later scored on a throwing error in the seventh to set the final margin at 4-2.
Zach Cooper, Davis, and Kowalchuk all had two hits for the Pacers while Kris Garcia (Miami, Fla.) finished 3-for-4 to lead Newberry.
On the mound, Mark Yarbrough tossed 5.0 strong innings allowing one earned run on five hits and no walks, striking out two in the no decision. Steven Spire (1-0) scattered three hits over 2.0 innings of relief, surrendering one earned run and fanning five for his first win. Senior closer Nick Wandless (12) notched the save, striking out two in the ninth.
Nick Loden (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) gave up the go-ahead run in two-thirds of an inning in relief of Matt Cote (Vincennes, Ind.) for the loss.
USC Aiken travels to Greenwood, S.C. this weekend for a conference showdown at Lander. The series opens with a single game on Friday, April 14 at 6 p.m. Newberry also returns to conference play with a three-game weekend series at SAC rival Lenoir-Rhyne beginning with a doubleheader on Friday at noon.