HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- The University of South Carolina Beaufort baseball team's unexpected postseason run ended early Saturday morning as the No. 5 seed Sand Sharks dropped a 10-inning heartbreaker to No. 2 seed Oklahoma Baptist, 3-2, in an elimination game in the NAIA National Championship Opening Round.
Sophomore right-hander Junior Delatorre gave up a pair of runs in the first inning, but settled down and gave the Sand Sharks a strong outing, allowing two runs on four hits over 6 1-3 innings.
Senior Kyle McCullough (6-2) took over with one out in the seventh and held the Bison scoreless until the 10th, when Rafael Villar drew a one-out walk and pinch runner Kenny Wall stole second and scored on Garrett Roberts' game-ending hit with two outs.
Oklahoma Baptist starter Eric Fredrick (7-2) stifled the Sand Sharks, holding USCB to two runs on six hits while going all 10 innings. He struck out eight.
The only damage the Sand Sharks were able to inflict on Fredrick came in the fourth inning, when Erik Armstrong's two-run homer tied it at 2.
The Sand Sharks finish the season with a 27-25 mark. This was the third time in the past four years that USCB has reached the NAIA Opening Round.
It was the final game for eight USCB seniors, including McCullough, Matthew Graney and Andrew Barrineau, who were part of the school's inaugural team in 2009.