Kristy Cook hurls no-hitter as USC Beaufort sweeps Columbia

sports@islandpacket.comApril 2, 2014 

USC Beaufort junior pitcher Kristy Cook, shown here in a file photo, threw her sixth career no-hitter in a 6-0 win over Columbia College on Wednesday at the Richard Gray Sports Complex in Hardeeville.


Junior Kristy Cook threw the sixth no-hitter of her career in the opener and the USC Beaufort softball team rallied late in the second game to sweep visiting Columbia College on Wednesday at Richard Gray Sports Complex in Hardeeville.

Cook allowed only one baserunner while mowing down the Fighting Koalas in a 6-0 victory, and Taylor Triplett's pinch-hit single brought home the tying and winning runs in the sixth inning of a 6-5 win to finish the evening.

Columbia's only baserunner against Cook came when Hallie Jolley reached on an error with two outs in the third inning. Cook (9-3) sat down 13 straight after that with plenty of help from her defense -- she had only two strikeouts. Two of Cook's six no-hitters have come against the Koalas.

The 15th-ranked Sand Sharks (23-5) produced all the offense they needed in the second inning, as Missy Hughes drew a bases-loaded walk and Sammi Shaffren added a two-run single for a 3-0 lead.

Sam Boland beat out an infield single to bring home a run in the third and added another RBI on a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Mariaha Sanborn had an RBI in the fifth with a single.

The Sand Sharks fell behind early in the nightcap, giving up three runs in the first, but freshman Kendall Jumper settled down and USCB chipped away.

Melanie Goolsby and Alexandria Simmons laced RBI doubles in the third and Maddie Byrd and Boland added RBIs later in the inning for a 4-3 lead.

Columbia regained the lead with two in the fourth, but Triplett came up big in the pinch-hit role in the sixth. She singled through the right side to score Goolsby with the tying run, and when the Koalas tried to throw behind Triplett at first, the ball got away and allowed Simmons to scamper home with the go-ahead run.

Jumper (3-1) retired the Koalas in order in the seventh to nail down the win, allowing five runs on nine hits in a complete game.

The Sand Sharks travel to Florida for a pair of Sun Conference doubleheaders. USCB plays at Webber International at 1 p.m. Saturday and at Embry-Riddle at 1 p.m. Sunday.

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