AIKEN, S.C. – Nick Clarno hit a two-run homer to tie the game in the fourth, but the University of North Georgia baseball team fell, 3-2, in Sunday’s Peach Belt Conference series finale against USC Aiken.
The Pacers threatened to push runs across in the second inning, loading the bases before Derrick Pickvet struck out Jose Bonilla to retire the side and keep the game scoreless. USCA did, however, push two runs across in the third. After a leadoff single, Conner Durden hit a double down the line in right field to score the first run of the game. Two batters later, Blake Bottomley hit a sacrifice fly to right to give the Pacers a 2-0 lead.
The Nighthawks answered in the fourth inning, starting off the response with a one-out walk drawn by Bill LeRoy. Six pitches later, Clarno sent the ball deep over the left field wall, knotting the game at 2-2.
USC Aiken was able to score after a UNG miscue in the sixth inning as Cary Holloway, who reached on an error, scored on a Chandler Rogers single, giving the Pacers the one-run advantage.
– Pickvet was tabbed with his third loss of the season after giving up the three runs in 5.2 innings of work on the mound. He struck out two batters and scattered five hits.
– Clarno finished 2-for-4 at the plate to lead the Nighthawks. Conner Corbitt stole two bases in his only time on the base paths this afternoon.
The Nighthawks will take on Southern Wesleyan in midweek action on Wednesday to start a five-game homestand. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.