USCB Roundup, Feb. 9: Sand Sharks split vs. Division I softball foes

info@islandpacket.comFebruary 10, 2014 

From wire reports

SAVANNAH -- The University of South Carolina Beaufort softball team split a pair of games against NCAA Division I opponents on Sunday at the Savannah State Lady Tiger Invitational.

The Sand Sharks beat MEAC opponent Morgan State 5-2 in their first game of the day before suffering their first defeat of the season, 9-3 to host Savannah State in a rematch of a game USCB won 9-7 on Saturday.

The Sand Sharks (5-1) finished the tournament with a 3-1 record, matching the host Tigers for the best mark in the event.

USCB did so without half of its pitching staff, as ace Kristy Cook and left-hander Caitlin Campbell were sidelined by illness. Sophomore Ashlie Layman did most of the work in the circle Sunday, throwing a complete-game three-hitter to beat the Bears and pitching 5 2/3 innings in relief against Savannah State.

The Sand Sharks gave Layman (3-0) an early lead on Alexandria Simmons' RBI double and Sam Boland's sacrifice fly in the first inning. The Bears tied it with two in the third, but Shelby Zipperer's two-run double broke the deadlock in the fourth and Simmons followed with an RBI single to score Zipperer.

Layman struck out six and worked around four walks to improve to 14-0 in her career.

USCB found itself in a big hole early against Savannah State, as the Tigers pushed across six runs in the first inning. Freshman Kendall Jumper (1-1), who was outstanding in her collegiate debut in Saturday night's eight-inning win over Brewton-Parker, had a tough time with her control working on short rest.

Layman came on in relief and held the Tigers to three runs the rest of the way, but USCB couldn't chip away at the lead. Simmons had a sacrifice fly in the third, and she and Mariaha Sanborn each added RBI singles later in the game.

The Sand Sharks are back in action next weekend at the NAIA Southern Challenge at National Training Center in Clermont, Fla., where they will face Mobile (Ala.), Truett-McConnell, Brewton-Parker and Thomas.

Baseball Claims Series From Webber International

HARDEEVILLE -- The University of South Carolina Beaufort baseball team continued its hot hitting Sunday, pounding visiting Webber International 12-4 in the finale of a three-game Sun Conference series at Richard Gray Sports Complex.

Senior Blake Cilwick kept up his hot hitting with two hits and two RBIs and senior Jon Andrews went 1-for-2 with three RBIs to lead another strong offensive performance. Junior Ashly Morris went 2-for-5 with an RBI and sophomore Alex Bonilla added a two-run single for the Sand Sharks (4-1, 2-1 TSC), who lost the series opener but bounced back to win the final two games by a combined 20 runs.

The run support helped junior Christian Pfaff (1-0) win his first start in a USCB uniform, as the right-hander allowed two runs on five hits over five solid innings. Hunter Englehart allowed two unearned runs in the sixth, Shane Murli pitched two perfect innings and Jason Boulais shut out the Warriors in the ninth.

The Warriors (4-5, 1-2) pushed across two runs with two outs in the first, but USCB bounced back with five in the bottom of the inning with Bonilla's two-run single capping the big inning. The Sand Sharks tacked on three more in the second on Andrews' two-run single and Matt Kianka's RBI single.

Cilwick's two-run double and Andrews' bases-loaded walk accounted for three more runs in the fifth, and Morris added an RBI single in the eighth for USCB.

The Sand Sharks are back home Tuesday for a non-conference doubleheader with Voorhees starting at noon. USCB travels to Daytona Beach, Fla., next weekend for a three-game Sun Conference series against league favorite Embry-Riddle.

USCB Women's Golf On Rivals' Heels After First Round

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The University of South Carolina Beaufort women's golf team endured a tough day on the links Sunday but is in position to make a run at a couple of conference rivals after the first round of the World Golf Village Invitational.

The Sand Sharks carded a team score of 330 and are 11th in the 17-team field at the midway point of the 36-hole tournament on the Slammer & Squire course. USCB is just one shot behind Sun Conference rival Embry-Riddle and seven back of conference foe Northwood (Fla.). Lynn holds the lead after an impressive 294, 16 shots better than second-place St. Leo.

Junior Samantha O'Donnell led USCB with a 7-over-par 79 and is tied for 22nd. Junior Tori DeGroodt and sophomore Lina Sekerkova posted rounds of 81, followed by senior Kendra Collins with an 89 and sophomore Hayley Miller at 92.

The final round is set for Monday with USCB's tee times running from 9:19 to 9:54 a.m.

Team standings

Lynn 294, St. Leo 310, Carson-Newman 314, Columbus State 314, West Georgia 314, Cameron 319, Flagler 319, UNC Pembroke 320, Northwood (Fla.) 323, Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 329, USCB 330, Mt. Olive 332, North Georgia 339, Tampa 344, West Alabama 346, Catawba 349, Young Harris 367.

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