If it was a farewell, Alexandria Simmons made it a fond one.
USC Beaufort's senior shortstop tallied five hits in six at bats in Tuesday's doubleheader sweep of Edward Waters -- 8-0 and 6-0 -- in the Sand Sharks' final home games of the season at Hardeeville's Richard Gray Sports Complex.
"In my last at-bat, as I walked up, I told Maddie Byrd this was going to be my last at-bat here," Simmons said. "The catcher told me it was going to be all right. Then I doubled and she said, 'at least you went out on a double.' And then I cried a little bit."
After going 2 for 2 with an RBI in the first game, Simmons went 3 for 4 in the second game with that double, a towering no-doubter home run to left field and two more RBIs.
It was not as happy a night for the Sand Sharks' other senior, Melanie Goolsby. Simmons entered Game 1 when Goolsby suffered a serious ankle injury running the bases.
Goolsby, who overcame a serious knee injury last season to return this year, made several posts on Twitter indicating she was out for the season and would have an MRI next week.
"My heart hurts more than my leg," Goolsby tweeted. "I have never been so heartbroken in my life."
"She's hurt," Sand Sharks head coach Laura Heberling said. "I don't know everything. She's a kid who plays for the love of the game. If she's done, the girls will step up for her."
The Sand Sharks' pitching stepped up Tuesday, just as it has all season long.
Freshman Kendall Jumper (4-1) threw four scoreless innings in Game 1, allowing just three hits and striking out five.
In Game 2, sophomore Ashlie Layman (14-0) also threw four scoreless innings, striking out three.
Junior ace Kristy Cook finished both games, throwing a scoreless inning in Game 1 and three more scoreless frames for a save, her third, in Game 2.
"All three came out and performed," Heberling said. "All three are throwing well."
Heberling said it was important to get these games in, since the weather kept the Sand Sharks off the field last week and USCB plays three key conference road series this weekend.
The Sand Sharks (32-6, 8-2 Sun Conference), who were denied a bid last week to repeat as an NAIA Opening Round host, play road doubleheaders this weekend at Warner, Ave Maria and Thomas to close out the regular-season schedule.
Four wins would give USCB a share of the top seed in the Sun Conference tournament, while five wins would earn them the top seed outright.
"They're ready to go on the road and play this weekend," Heberling said. "We're not going to dwell on things. We'll play this week, play the conference tournament, get a site, go there and make that our home."
"We have to take it one game at a time. We always focus on the first game," Simmons said. "If we win the first game, we say there's another first game. We have to focus on each inning, winning each inning."
Game 1 -- USC Beaufort 8, Edward Waters 0
EW 000 00 -- 0 3 1
USCB 101 24 -- 8 13 0
W: Kendall Jumper (4-1). L: Brittany Gilbert. Top hitters: Sammi Shaffren 3 for 4, 2B, 2 RBIs; Marissa Becker 2 for 2; Sam Boland 2 for 3; Shelby Zipperer 2 for 3, 2 runs; Alexandria Simmons 2 for 2, 2 runs, RBI; Missy Hughes 2 RBIs.
Game 2 -- USC Beaufort 6, Edward Waters 0
EW 000 000 0 -- 0 5 0
USCB 111 021 x -- 6 12 0
W: Ashlie Layman (14-0). L: Heather Porter. Save: Kristy Cook (3). Top hitters: Simmons 3 for 4, 2B, HR, 2 RBIs, 2 runs; Zipperer 2 for 4, 2B, run; Taylor Triplett 2 for 2, RBI; Maddie Byrd 1 for 2, 2 RBIs; Sammi Shaffren 1 for 3, 2 runs; Chelsey Blasingame 2 for 3, run.