College Baseball

Ave Maria rally in 9th keeps USC Beaufort baseball team from sweep

newsroom@islandpacket.comApril 13, 2014 

AVE MARIA, Fla. -- Junior Delatorre tossed a seven-inning three-hitter and the University of South Carolina Beaufort baseball team racked up 17 hits in a 12-0 win to open a doubleheader Saturday at Ave Maria, but the Sand Sharks couldn't finish the sweep, allowing a pair of runs in the ninth inning for a 7-6 loss in the finale.

Delatorre (6-1) struck out nine and did not issue a walk in a dominant performance in the first game, and the Sand Sharks (19-21, 9-15 TSC) gave him plenty of support. Matt Kianka went 4-for-4, Brandon Joyce was 3-for-4 with four RBIs and Ryan Walker had three hits and two RBIs for USCB.

The Sand Sharks grabbed an early lead in the finale, getting on the board with Cilwick's RBI single in the first and adding to the lead with Ahrens' two-run home run in the second and Kianka's run-scoring double in the fourth.

USCB led 6-5 in the ninth when the Gyrenes loaded the bases with no outs on a walk, a double and an intentional walk. The hosts tied it on James Lesniewski's RBI single and won it on Matt Baux's game-ending sacrifice fly.

The Sand Sharks are a half-game behind Northwood (Fla.) for the sixth and final spot in the Sun Conference Tournament, but USCB holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Seahawks.

USCB hosts Brewton-Parker for a single game at 1 p.m. Wednesday before traveling to Warner (Fla.) for a three-game Sun Conference series to wrap up the regular season next weekend.

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