USC Beaufort freshman pitcher Kristy Cook and sophomore second baseman Katie Rietkovich have been named the Sun Conference pitcher and player of the week, respectively, by the conference's sports information directors, the first honors for the program that started play this past weekend.
Cook a freshman right-hander from Brooks, Ga., struck out 12 in a five-inning no-hitter in the Sand Sharks' first game, a 16-0 win over Wesleyan College on Saturday. She allowed only one baserunner, who reached on an error.
Rietkovich went 4-for-4 with a double, a home run and seven RBIs in the doubleheader sweep. She hit the program's first home run -- a three-run blast in the first game -- and drove in six runs in the opener.
The Sand Sharks host Fisher (Mass.) College for a four-game series this weekend. Doubleheaders begin at 11 a.m. Saturday and noon Sunday at the Richard Gray Sports Complex Hardeeville.
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GOING TO NATIONALS
USC Beaufort runners Selena Hutson and Katie Mock, a Ridgeland native, will compete again in the marathon at this year's NAIA Track and Field National Championships after both achieved "A" standard qualifying times Saturday in the Hilton Head Half Marathon.
Hutson ran a time of 1 hour, 29 minutes, 39 seconds, and Mock wasn't far behind, finishing in 1:30:51.
The pair will compete in the national championships in May at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind.
The USCB track team is in action Saturday at the Embry-Riddle Last Chance meet in Daytona Beach, Fla.
GOLFERS TIED FOR FIFTH
The USC Beaufort men's golf team began its spring season Monday at the Coastal Georgia Men's Invitational on the Retreat Course at Sea Island Golf Club. The Sand Sharks posted a team score of 312, which puts them in a tie for fifth among 13 teams heading into today's final round. USCB is 20 shots behind host and leader College of Coastal Georgia. Mark Phillips led USCB with a 1-over-par 73, followed by Coley Davis with a 79. Dylan Mixon, Luke McClellan and Tyler Jacobs all shot 80 to round out the scoring for the Sand Sharks.