The University of South Carolina Beaufort baseball team staked ace Michael Heesch to a big lead in the opener and made the most of limited scoring opportunities in the nightcap to sweep a doubleheader from visiting Milligan (Tenn.) on Saturday, winning 9-6 and 6-2 at Richard Gray Sports Complex in Hardeeville.
Sophomore Erik Armstrong, who led the nation with six doubles entering the game, didn't add to his total of two-baggers, but he did plenty of damage. He had a sacrifice fly in the first, an RBI triple in the second and a two-run single in the third to boost his team-leading RBI total to 12.
The latter put the cap on a four-run inning and gave the Sand Sharks (7-2) a 9-0 cushion, which was plenty of breathing room for Heesch (2-0). The senior left-hander went five innings and allowed one run on three hits while striking out nine.
The Buffaloes (0-2) jumped out to a 1-0 lead against USCB starter Adam Miller in the second game, but it didn't last long.
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The Sand Sharks managed only four hits, but Miller and freshman Junior Delatorre from Beaufort High School made sure that was enough.
The same two teams square off at noon today to conclude the series.