Despite a strong pitching effort from Emmanuel starter Daniel Gooden, the Lions lost to the Pacers of USC Aiken. Although they produced seven hits in the contest, the Lions were unable to get on the board, leaving seven runners on base in the contest. Meanwhile, the Pacers were able to produce a run in both the sixth and seventh innings to give them a 2-0 lead. The Packers added on 5 more in the eighth and would hold on to beat the Lions by a score of 7-0.
How It Happened
There wasn't much happening offensively for either team early on in the game on Wednesday. Although senior Eric Pape was able to reach base in the top of the first for Emmanuel, the LIons failed to get a guy in scoring position in the first as USC Aiken starter looked solid from the early going. Jose Bonilla started the bottom half of the first off with a hard hit ground ball single up the middle for the Pacers, but Gooden retired the rest in order to end the frame.
The Lions produced another two out base runner in the second when freshman Chace Livingston smoked a ground ball to the third baseman for an infield single, but the hit would go for not as he would later be picked off at first during the next batter. Daniel Gooden struck out the side in the bottom of the second.
The Lions found themselves in position to score in the fourth. After a quick first out, Eric Pape singled to left. Then with two outs in the inning, junior Philip Swindell singled to the right side, moving Pape into scoring position before Connor Smith would fly out to left field to end the inning.
After a quick fifth inning, the Pacers scored the game's first run in the bottom of the sixth. The inning started with a leadoff single by Mitchell Price. Price would later score without an RBI due to a balk, stolen base, and a wild pitch.
The Pacers added an insurance run again in the seventh. After a leadoff double by Tyler Ammerman, Gooden threw a sac bunt by SKyler Mercado over the first baseman's head, scoring Ammerman on the play. Then after Gooden recorded his fifth strikeout of the game, sophomore Zach Wells held the damage there by recording two quick outs. Other than a double into left center by Brock Baughcum, the Lions were unable to get much going again in the eighth as they were held scoreless in the frame. Then after adding five more runs in the bottom of the eighth, the Pacers held off the Lions, completing the shutout.
Daniel Gooden threw 6 ⅓ innings and allowed only 2 runs for the Lions.
Eric Pape went 2-3 with a walk.
Chase Livingston and Philip Swindell both went 2-4 for the Lions.
Emmanuel Baseball will now prepare to travel to Limestone College for a three game conference series this weekend. The Lions will play a doubleheader on Saturday and game three will be this Sunday.