Falcons Drop Peach Belt Conference Opening Doubleheader

AIKEN, S.C. – The University of Montevallo baseball team (2-8, 0-2 PBC) fell on the road to USC Aiken (7-1, 2-0 PBC) in a doubleheader. The two-game set marked the Peach Belt Conference opener for both teams. USCA won the first game 4-2 after scoring three runs over the final three innings. The Pacers then took down the Falcons in game two 12-3. Freshman Cody White (Cocoa, Fla./Cocoa) led the Falcons with three hits over the two games. He was 3-for-8 with an RBI. Six Falcons registered two hits each with senior Chris Ross (Pelham, Ala./Jefferson State C.C.) and freshman Chad Collum (Alabaster, Ala./Thompson) each driving in a run. Ross had the only extra base hit of the day for the Falcons in the form of a double.

On the mound junior Michael Shreves (Bradenton, Fla./State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota) had another solid outing going 7.0 innings in game one with five strikeouts and no walks. He allowed just one earned run and six hits. He was credited with the loss in game one as he suffered a pair of unearned runs on top of his one earned run. Sophomore Alex Guilford (Montgomery, Ala./Alabama Christian Academy) suffered the loss in game two going 1.2 innings with a pair of walks and six earned runs given up.

Neither team got off to a hot start in the first game but it was the Pacers who struck first in the third as an error led to the first run of the game.  The Falcons responded in the fifth as Ross led off with a double to centerfield. White then singled to left centerfield to score Ross and tie the game at one.

UM took the lead in the sixth as Ross hit a sacrifice fly to left field which scored junior Vincente Andrews (Phenix City, Ala./Chattahoochee Valley C.C.) who had reached on a lead-off single up the middle.  

The Pacers retook control in the seventh after an error and a pair of hits led to two runs. USCA added an insurance run in the eighth off a pair of hits.

In game two it was all Pacers in the early going as they scored three runs in the first and four more in the second to take a 7-0 lead. Neither team scored in the third, fourth, fifth or sixth innings. USCA added three more runs in the seventh and two in the eighth to take a 12-0 lead into the ninth. The Falcons were able to plate three runs before a double play ended their momentum. They scored their first run of the ninth on four straight walks. The next batter reached on an error to score the second run and the third run scored on the double play. The very next batter struck out as the game ended, 12-3.

The Falcons will return to action tomorrow, Feb. 18 at 11:00 a.m. as they wrap up their three game series with USC Aiken.