USC Beaufort splits baseball doubleheader with St. Andrews

sports@islandpacket.comFebruary 23, 2014 

The USC Beaufort baseball team split a doubleheader with visiting St. Andrews (N.C.) on Saturday at Richard Gray Sports Complex, beating the Knights 7-3 in the opener before falling 3-2 in extra innings in the nightcap.

Jon Andrews knocked in three runs and Matt Kianka had a two-run single in the first game for the Sand Sharks (7-5), who made the most of just six hits against a solid St. Andrews pitching staff.

It was scoreless until the fifth, when USCB plated five runs -- all unearned -- and chased starter Jordan Blair (0-1). The Knights answered with three in the sixth but Andrews' two-run single in the seventh gave the Sand Sharks some insurance.

Junior Delatorre (2-0) turned in another strong performance on the mound, holding the Knights to three runs -- two earned -- on five hits over 5 1/3 innings to earn the win. Gage Roth worked out of a jam in the sixth and struck out four while allowing just one hit in 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief for his second save.

JJ Crespo continued his hot hitting in the leadoff spot, going 2-for-5 and Blake Cilwick and Erik Armstrong each scored two runs.

The Sand Sharks got a strong outing from senior CJ Kelly in the finale, as the right-hander held St. Andrews to two runs on six hits over six innings but didn't get enough run support. Hunter Englehart (1-2) also pitched well in relief but was tagged with a tough-luck loss after allowing an unearned run in the ninth.

USCB took an early lead on Armstrong's RBI double in the first, but starter Joe McCarty and reliever Chris Fee (1-0) kept the Sand Sharks' bats quiet the rest of the afternoon. St. Andrews scored in the fourth and fifth to take a 2-1 lead, and Andrews' tied it with a sacrifice fly in the sixth. A leadoff double and a throwing error set the table for the Knights to score the eventual winning run in the ninth.

Crespo, Cilwick and Kianka each had two hits for USCB and Cilwick scored both the Sand Sharks' runs.

USCB hits the road this week, playing a doubleheader at Edward Waters on Tuesday before traveling to Georgia Gwinnett for a three-game non-conference series Friday and Saturday.

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