AIKEN, SC – South Carolina-Aiken's Erik Davis tossed seven innings of two-hit ball while striking out nine as the 13th-ranked Pacers shut out #9 Florida Southern, 4-0, in the opening game of a three-game series here Friday night.
Davis (4-2) no-hit the Moccasins through five innings before Sam Machonis singled to center with one out in the sixth. One out later, Jason Sierra singled while Dominic Brugnoni reached on error to load the bases, but Davis recovered to retire Shawn Sanders on a grounder back to the box to end the threat.
USC-Aiken (31-10) jumped on Florida Southern starter Ben Richardson for three runs in the first inning as Mitchell Price, Jonathan Banks, and Brian Parreira hit consecutive singles with one out to load the bases. One out later, Zach Moon singled in two runs while a third scored on a wild pitch.
Richardson took the loss for just the second time this season against nine wins and suffered his first loss since Feb. 26. The senior righthander went the distance for the first time this season and struck out eight Pacer batters.
The Pacers final run came in the seventh as Tyler Ammerman doubled, moved to third on a single by Skylar Mercado, and scored a sacrifice bunt by Price.
In addition to leaving the bases loaded in the seventh, Florida Southern (25-10) also left the sacks full in the eighth on two walks and a hit batter. For the game, the Moccasins managed just the two seventh inning singles while striking out 11 times.
The same two teams will got at again Saturday at 4 p.m. on the Pacer's home turf.