College Baseball

USC Beaufort ready for series with Georgia Gwinnett

sports@islandpacket.comFebruary 28, 2013 

The USC Beaufort baseball team continues its long homestand this weekend, hosting Georgia Gwinnett for a three-game non-conference series.

The Sand Sharks (6-9) and Grizzlies (8-3) will play a single game at 2 p.m. Friday and a doubleheader beginning at noon Saturday.

The Sand Sharks are looking to bounce back after dropping two of three to visiting Fisher College last weekend.

Georgia Gwinnett is playing its second consecutive opponent that reached last year's Avista-NAIA World Series. The Grizzlies lost 2-1 to defending national champion Tennessee Wesleyan on Thursday.

A first-year athletics program located in Lawrenceville, Ga., Georgia Gwinnett competes in the NAIA and the Association of Independent Institutions. The Grizzlies are off to a strong start in their inaugural campaign on the strength of a pitching staff that boasts a team ERA of 3.13 and has held opponents to a .212 average (through 2/27).

The roster is bolstered by a number of transfers, including starting pitchers Bradley West (Georgia College & State) and Drew Riley (Georgia State).

THIS WEEKEND

Georgia Gwinnett (8-3) at No. 21 USCB (6-9)

2 p.m. Friday, Noon Saturday (DH), Richard Gray Sports Complex, Hardeeville

Series: First meeting

TV: Friday -- The County Channel (Hargray 9/113, Comcast 2, Time Warner 63).

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