A big sixth inning Wednesday put the USC Beaufort baseball team in position to earn its fifth straight win, but the bullpen was unable to hold on, as NCAA Division II Flagler College rallied to beat the Sand Sharks, 5-4, at St. Augustine, Fla.
USCB (5-2) took a 4-3 lead in the sixth on RBI singles by R.J. Neal, Weldon Smith and Ty Main, but the Saints (2-2) tied it in the bottom of the inning and scored the winning run in the eighth.
Flagler catcher Kyle Foti hit a two-run home run in the fourth, and doubled to lead off the eighth en route to scoring the winning run on a sacrifice fly.
Sophomore left-hander Alex Graham (1-1) took the loss, allowing his first run in 8 2-3 innings this season. USCB starter Miles Galvin allowed two runs over four innings, and relievers Matthew Graney and Andrew Barrineau each allowed a run in one inning.
USCB sophomore Erik Armstrong extended his hitting streak to nine games dating to last season with a single in the first. He added a sacrifice fly in the third. Armstrong is the only USCB player to hit safely in every game this season.
The Sand Sharks return home to Richard Gray Sports Complex for a three-game series with Milligan (Tenn.) this weekend. The teams will play a doubleheader starting at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and a single game at noon Sunday. Senior left-handers Michael Heesch and Adam Miller are expected to start Saturday's doubleheader.
The USCB softball team will open its inaugural season with a home doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday against Wesleyan College from Macon, Ga.