College Baseball

Northwood blasts USC Beaufort to salvage final game of series

newsroom@islandpacket.comApril 6, 2014 

The University of South Carolina Beaufort baseball team was unable to finish off a three-game sweep of visiting Northwood (Fla.) on Saturday, falling 13-3 in the finale of the Sun Conference series at Richard Gray Sports Complex in Hardeeville.

The Sand Sharks (18-19 overall, 8-13 Sun) fell into a three-way tie with the Northwood and Warner for the sixth and final berth in the Sun Conference Tournament. The trio sits one game behind fifth-place Webber International.

USCB compiled 12 hits, including two apiece from the Nos. 2-6 hitters, but had two men caught stealing and left eight on base. One of the few highlights for the Sand Sharks was Matt Kianka's first home run in a USCB uniform -- a two-run blast to right to tie it at 2 in the third.

It was a 4-2 game until the Seahawks plated three runs in each of the last three innings to break it open. Northwood smacked 20 hits against seven USCB pitchers. Starter Ben Sauls (1-1) was tagged with the loss, allowing seven runs -- six earned -- on 11 hits in 6 1/3 innings while striking out seven.

The Sand Sharks travel to Columbia on Tuesday for a doubleheader against NCAA Division II Benedict before resuming conference play next weekend with a three-game series at Ave Maria, Fla.

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