02/26/09 — Trojans split series with USC-Aiken

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Trojans split series with USC-Aiken

By MOC Sports Information
Published in Sports on February 26, 2009 1:46 PM

AIKEN, S.C. -- Rich Racobaldo swatted a fourth-inning home run as No. 15-ranked Mount Olive College blanked USC Aiken 3-0 to salvage a split in their two-game, non-conference series on Wednesday.

Racobaldo, a senior infielder, has ripped a team-leading seven homers this season.

The teams combined for just 11 hits. Mount Olive starter Brent Haynes (2-1) surrendered seven hits in a seven-inning stint and logged two strikeouts. Ryan Kussmaul provided two innings of no-hit, two-strikeout relief for his first save of the season.

The Pacers (5-8 overall) stranded eight runners in scoring position, including leaving the bases loaded in the eighth inning against Kussmaul.

Racobaldo's fourth-inning blast occurred with two outs and Alex Vertcnik aboard. Jonathan Smith plated Airlon Vinson with a fifth-inning, two-out sacrifice fly to account for the Trojans' third run.

Vinson and Jesse Lancaster added one hit apiece for MOC.

The Trojans (11-7) return home Saturday for a Conference Carolinas doubleheader against in-state rival St. Andrews. First pitch is noon at Scarborough Field.