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Photo by Rick Crank.
Photo by Rick Crank.

AIKEN, S.C. – The Shaw University dropped a pair of games by the scores of 5-0 and 14-1 (five innings) to the University of South Carolina Aiken Thursday night from the J.H. Satcher Field. The games which were originally scheduled for 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. were pushed back due to rain.

Shaw (0-4) totaled just three hits on the day, in which all came in game two. In game one, the Lady Bears couldn't find its offensive groove as Shaw struck out 17 times at the plate. The Pacers scored once in the first and second inning before plating three runs in the bottom of the sixth capped off by a single bunt to give USC Aiken (8-0) the win.

Freshman McKenzie LaCount (Redhill, GA) took the loss, allowing 11 hits and a strikeout in six innings.

In the nightcap, Shaw snapped its scoring drought when sophomore Destiny Beckham (Atlanta, GA) crossed the plate on an error to give the Lady Bears an early 1-0 lead – Beckham had reached base on a single but that would be short lived as the Pacers tallied four runs on four hits to go ahead 4-1 after one complete inning.

After scoring one run in the bottom of the second, USC Aiken then tacked on four more in the bottom of the third including a homer from Katelyn Powell that lined her up for three RBI's.

Down by 9-1 in the fourth inning, senior Alexandra Masnica (Chicago, IL) cranked a single up the middle but a fielder's choice on the ensuing play and pop up from junior Karla Sosa (Brownsville, TX) that turned into a double play for the Pacers saw the Lady Bears offense spiral as USC Aiken ran away with the game, recording five runs on four hits in the bottom fourth.

Both Masnica and freshman Janasia Johnson went 1-for-2 at the plate while LaCount suffered her fourth-straight loss in the circle. She allowed 14 hits and walked two.

Shaw will return to action Saturday, Feb. 15 for a nonconference doubleheader with Bowie State in Raleigh, N.C. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. from Worthdale Park in the Lady Bears home opener.

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