The USC Beaufort baseball team completed a three-game sweep of Truett-McConnell on Saturday, taking both ends of a doubleheader.
Matt Kianka had three hits and Kal Davis drove in three runs in a 7-4 victory in the opener, and Davis had three hits and an RBI and Brandon Joyce added two RBIs in a 7-2 win in the finale.
The Sand Sharks (4-1) jumped out to an early lead in the first game, scoring a pair of unearned runs in the first inning and tacking on three runs in the third on Davis’ sacrifice fly, Nick Payne’s RBI single and a double steal of second and home.
The Bears scored four runs in the fourth – three of them unearned – before Blake Drew came on in relief to thwart the rally and preserve a 5-4 lead. USCB answered with Davis’ sacrifice fly in the fifth and Kianka doubled home a run in the sixth.
Drew (1-0) struck out two and allowed one hit over 3 1/3 innings to earn the win in relief of Julio De Pena, who was charged with four runs – one earned – on six hits in 3 2/3 frames.
The Sand Sharks again struck early in the finale, as Joyce delivered a two-run single in the second inning and USCB scored two in the third on Thomas Estopare’s run-scoring groundout and Josh Reinhart’s RBI single for a 4-0 lead.
Truett-McConnell cut the deficit in half with runs in the fourth and sixth, but the Sand Sharks broke it open with three runs in the seventh when Davis singled in a run, Payne drew a bases-loaded walk, and Estopare scored on a wild pitch.
Jamie Strock (2-0) pitched six strong innings for the win, striking out seven and allowing two runs and four hits, and Justin Kortessis worked a scoreless seventh.
The Sand Sharks play their first home games of the season this weekend, hosting Thomas for a three-game Sun Conference series on Friday and Saturday.