The USC Beaufort baseball team hit two milestones Wednesday, as the Sand Sharks earned the 100th victory in the program's three-year history and picked up their first Sun Conference Tournament win with an 8-3 victory against Webber International at City of Palms Park in Fort Myers, Fla.
The win kept the Sand Sharks alive in the double-elimination tournament. They will play SCAD Savannah at 3 p.m. today in another elimination game.
Left-hander Adam Miller was outstanding for USCB, needing only 95 pitches to throw a complete-game seven-hitter. Miller allowed three runs on five hits in the fifth inning, but he settled down and faced the minimum 12 batters the rest of the way, as a pair of double plays erased the two walks he allowed after the fifth.
The Sand Sharks (28-20) staked Miller to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, sending eight batters to the plate against starter Rob Lane. They made it 4-0 on Erik Armstrong's solo home run in the fourth -- the first out-of-the-park home run of the tournament.
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Webber International (30-26) got back in it with its big inning, but the Sand Sharks put it away with a four-run eighth capped by David O'Neil's two-run single.
Armstrong and Spencer Jackson had three hits apiece for the Sand Sharks.
Miller's endurance helped USCB save its bullpen for what could be a long day today. If the Sand Sharks win at 3 p.m., they will play again at 7 p.m. against the loser of this morning's game between Embry-Riddle and St. Thomas.
All three of USCB's usual weekend starters have pitched in the past two games -- regular No. 3 starter Michael Heesch pitched in relief in Tuesday's opener -- so coach Rick Sofield's options are limited today.
USCB 300 100 040 -- 8 11 0
WIU 000 030 000 -- 3 7 1
WP: Adam Miller (5-5) 9 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K.
LP: Rob Lane (6-4) 6 2-3 IP, 7 H, 4 R 4 ER, 3 BB, 0 K.
Top hitters: USCB -- Spencer Jackson 3 for 5, RBI; David O'Neil 1 for 4, 2 RBIs; Ty Main 2 for 4; Gabe Torres 2 for 4, RBI; Erik Armstrong 3 for 5, HR, 2 RBIs. WIU -- Josh Longbrake 1 for 4, RBI; Taylor Mathis 1 for 3, 2B, RBI; Billy Farrell 2 for 3, RBI.
SUN CONFERENCE BASEBALL TOURNAMENT
USC Beaufort 8, Webber International 3
Embry-Riddle 9, Southeastern 1
St. Thomas 15, SCAD Savannah 9
Embry-Riddle vs. St. Thomas, 11 a.m.
USC Beaufort vs. SCAD Savannah, 3 p.m.
USC Beaufort/SCAD Savannah winner vs. Embry-Riddle/St. Thomas loser, 7 p.m.