College Baseball

USC Beaufort baseball team pounds Northwood; rain pushes back finale

Series wraps up at 10 a.m. today in Hardeeville

info@islandpacket.comApril 1, 2012 

The USC Beaufort baseball team pounded out a 17-2 win over Northwood (Fla.) on Saturday at Richard Gray Sports Complex in Hardeeville, but the Sand Sharks' bid for a three-game sweep of their Sun Conference opponent will have to wait until today after rain postponed the series finale.

The Sand Sharks (25-11, 12-5) racked up 18 hits in support of starter Adam Miller in the second game of the series, jumping to an early lead and cruising to victory in a game shortened to seven innings because of the 10-run rule.

David O'Neil went 4 for 5 with two RBIs and scored three runs, and Ty Main and Conald Mansfield each drove in three runs for USCB. Main hit his third home run of the season, a three-run shot down the right-field line in the sixth, to match Keifer Youmans for the team lead.

The Sand Sharks scored four runs in each of the first two innings. They tacked on four more in the fourth and five in the sixth.

Miller (6-3) was effective in his six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out eight. Freshman Junior Delatorre worked a perfect seventh. The Beaufort High School grad has not allowed an earned run in 14 innings this season.

The series finale starts at 10 a.m. today. Junior right-hander Kyle McCullough will take the mound for USCB, which has a one-game lead over St. Thomas for second place in the Sun Conference standings.

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