Eric Arnold - email
Savannah (WTOC) - The Armstrong Atlantic baseball team looked to get above the .500 mark in Peach Belt Conference play as they hosted USC-Aiken Saturday at Pirate Field. A late Aiken rally and cold Pirate bats thwarted the AASU effort as the team dropped to 6-7 in PBC play and 26-11 overall.
In the top half of the fourth, Pacer Alex Franklin deposited the Thomas Gray fastball over the right field fence to tie the game at one.
The Pirates got out of the inning when senior shortstop Juan Dorado made a diving stop and first baseman Kenny Cail scooped up the low throw.
Another web gem by right fielder Alex Wyche for the first out of the seventh kept the game tied. But it didn't stay that way for long. Outfielder Cody McMorris slapped a line drive back up the middle, giving Aiken (23-14, 8-8 PBC) the one run lead.
The scoring didn't stop there. A third run scored when catcher John Roberts' throw to second hit the glove of Gray and dribble into short right field.
Gray was lifted for Byan Roby after that, but the damage continued. The Pacers tallied five runs in the final two innings and took the 8-3 victory.
Gray went 7.1 innings, striking out six, but gave up three earned runs on seven hits to fall to 6-2. Aiken starter Jason Cochcroft pitched eight innings, giving up three earned on seven hits to pick up his fifth win with just one loss on the season.
The two teams will be back at it again tomorrow at Pirate Field. They wrap up their three game set with a doubleheader. First pitch is slated for 11:30.