College Softball

USC Beaufort finishes up Smash Hit softball tournament with split

sports@islandpacket.comMarch 15, 2013 

The USC Beaufort softball team had its nine-game winning streak snapped but rebounded to start another one Thursday, losing 5-4 to St. Ambrose (Iowa) before beating Brewton-Parker (Ga.) 7-3 to wrap up the Smash Hit Softball Classic at Richard Gray Sports Complex in Hardeeville.

The Sand Sharks (18-2) led 3-0 early against St. Ambrose, as junior shortstop C.J. Browder blasted a two-run home run in the first inning and sophomore first baseman Taylor Triplett added an RBI single in the third.

Browder went 4-for-7 with two runs scored and five RBIs on the day. She has a team-high 35 RBIs.

The Queen Bees rallied for three runs in the fourth. Browder's run-scoring infield single put USCB back in front in the fifth, but St. Ambrose scored unearned runs in the sixth and seventh.

Sophomore Caitlin Campbell (6-2) took the tough-luck loss for USCB, allowing two unearned runs over 2 2-3 innings of relief.

The Sand Sharks beat Brewton-Parker in the final game of the event.

Browder again started the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the first inning, and Triplett and Mariaha Sanborn added RBI singles in the frame. USCB tacked on four runs in the sixth.

USCB sophomore Kristy Cook (8-0) earned the win, allowing three runs -- two earned -- on nine hits with four strikeouts in a complete game.

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