CLERMONT, Fla. --The University of South Carolina Beaufort softball team wrapped up the NAIA Southern Challenge with a 3-1 record by splitting its games Saturday, beating Brewton-Parker (Ga.) 8-3 and falling 9-6 to Thomas (Ga.) at the National Training Center.
The Sand Sharks (8-2) kept up their hot hitting, ripping 29 hits in the two games, including four home runs.
USCB fell behind 2-0 early against the Barons but roared back with a 16-hit attack.
Shelby Zipperer blasted a solo home run to spark a four-run second inning, Chelsey Blasingame singled home a run in the third and a Brewton-Parker error brought home another run in the fourth for a 6-2 advantage.
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Maddie Byrd and Mariaha Sanborn smacked run-scoring doubles in the sixth to cap the scoring for USCB.
Sophomore Ashlie Layman (4-0) allowed two runs on two hits over four innings for the win, improving to 15-0 in her career, and Kristy Cook gave up a run on two hits in three innings of relief for her first save of the season. Missy Hughes went 4 for 4 and scored three runs and Blasingame was 3 for 4 with an RBI.
The Sand Sharks never led against Thomas, which posted a run in the first and two in the second for an early cushion.
The lead evaporated when Sam Boland blasted a two-run home run and Whitley Martin added a solo shot to tie it in the second, but the Night Hawks moved back in front on Summer Rose's two-run homer in the third.
The home run derby continued with Taylor Triplett's two-run blast in the bottom of the inning and USCB again tied it, but Brittney Mayhill's two-run single in the fourth put Thomas ahead for good.
Sanborn, who went 4-for-4, cut into the lead with an RBI single in the fourth.
Caitlin Campbell (0-1) was tagged with the loss, allowing nine runs -- five earned -- in five innings, while Cook pitched two scoreless innings of relief.
The Sand Sharks return to action Friday, hosting Montreat (N.C.) for a doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m.