CLERMONT, Fla. -- The USC Beaufort softball team remained in the hunt for a trip to the NAIA National Championship, as the Sand Sharks beat rival SCAD Savannah 5-1 on Saturday before suffering their first loss of the Sun Conference tournament, 3-0, to Webber International.
USCB will need to win three games today -- one against the St. Thomas-Warner winner and two against Webber International -- to claim the title and earn a berth in the national championships later this month in Gulf Shores, Ala.
Freshman ace Kristy Cook turned in another outstanding performance in USCB's first game Saturday, striking out four in a five-hitter to beat the Bees. Cook (20-4) allowed only one unearned run.
Mariaha Sanborn went 3 for 4, and Katie Rietkovich was 2 for 4 with an RBI for USCB, which scored four times in the second and once in the fifth.
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Sammi Shaffren, Shelby Zipperer and Maddie Byrd added RBIs.
The Sand Sharks (37-10) were unable to capitalize on their offensive opportunities in their second game of the day, as they left six on base against Sun Conference Pitcher of the Year Ashlee Quigley.
Rietkovich and Zipperer had two hits apiece in the loss.
USCB will face the St. Thomas-Warner winner at noon today. The winner of that game will have to beat Webber International twice to win the title.