Sunday, March 12, 2017

Palmetto State Baseball team of the week, March 6-12: USC Aiken

USC Aiken (3-1 for the week)
(beat St. Rose; went 2-1 vs. No. 1 Nova Southeastern)

USC Aiken did some outside-the-box thinking on its non-conference scheduling and reaped big rewards, taking two of three games from Nova Southeastern, the top-ranked team in NCAA Division II.

Coach Kenny Thomas' Pacers are no slouches - they're No. 3 in the NCBWA poll - and they showed they're worthy of being ranked among the national elite. They came within one out in Saturday's series finale of getting a sweep.

The Pacers (18-4) play host to Emmanuel on Wednesday, then put their 6-0 Peach Belt Conference record on the line in a weekend series at Columbus State.

Also considered (record for week)

Benedict (4-1) - set school record by scoring 35 runs in a game
Claflin (3-1)
Clemson (4-0)
Erskine (3-1)
North Greenville (5-1) 
Presbyterian (3-2) - Won series opener at Auburn with an seven-run ninth.
Southern Wesleyan (3-1) 
South Carolina (4-0)
USC Beaufort
USC Sumter (2-0)
USC Upstate (4-1)

Previous winners
Jan. 28-Feb. 5: USC Lancaster
Feb. 6-12: Erskine
Feb. 13-19: USC Salkehatchie
Feb. 20-26: Clemson
Feb. 27-March 5: North Greenville

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