FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The University of South Carolina Beaufort baseball team went into the Sun Conference Tournament playing its best baseball of the season, and the Sand Sharks might have turned in their best performance yet in the tournament's opening game.
Miles Galvin, Andrew Barrineau and Kyle McCullough combined for 11 scoreless innings and Ryan Walker and Ryan Doeppel drove in runs in the top of the 11th as sixth-seeded USCB knocked off top-seeded Embry-Riddle, 2-0, on Tuesday at City of Palms Park.
The Sand Sharks (24-21) continue the double-elimination tournament at 3 p.m. Wednesday against the loser of Tuesday night's game between No. 3 seed St. Thomas and No. 4 seed Webber International.
USCB's pitchers were outstanding, as Galvin limited the Eagles (40-13) to four hits over seven scoreless frames before handing it over to the bullpen. Barrineau worked two scoreless innings and McCullough (6-1) pitched the final two innings for the win.
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The Sand Sharks got into their share of trouble, but Embry-Riddle stranded 14 runners with plenty of help from USCB's defense. The Sand Sharks turned inning-ending double plays in the first and 10th innings, the latter of which came with the bases loaded and extended the game, and threw out a runner at the plate in the seventh.
USCB also squandered some opportunities, leaving runners at the corners in the fourth and having a runner cut down at the plate to end the seventh, but the Sand Sharks took advantage in the 11th. J.J. Crespo led off the inning with a single and moved to third on Erik Armstrong's one-out single. Crespo scored on Walker's infield hit to third base, and Doeppel singled home Armstrong for a 2-0 lead.
McCullough retired the Eagles in order in the bottom of the inning to preserve the Sand Sharks' first shutout of the season.
Armstrong was 4 for 5 for USCB, and Walker and Blake Cilwick each went 2 for 5.