Nick Payne and Nick Graham drove home two runs apiece to back a complete game by Wade Arduini, leading USC Beaufort to a 6-3 victory over St. Thomas in Friday’s opener of their three-game Sun Conference series in Hardeeville.
Arduini (3-0) scattered seven hits and struck out seven, holding the Bobcats hitless over the final three innings as he set down nine of the last 10 batters he faced. A two-out walk in the ninth was the only baserunner he allowed in that span.
The Sand Sharks broke a 2-2 tie with two runs in the fifth, taking advantage of a St. Thomas error to score the go-ahead run before Justin Kortessis followed with an RBI single.
After the Bobcats pulled within a run in the sixth, Payne’s two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the inning created a little cushion for USCB. Payne finished with three hits on the day.
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The victory pushed the Sand Sharks one game ahead of St. Thomas for fourth place in the Sun Conference standings.