Bobby Wenthe blasted his 13th homer, tying the USC Beaufort career mark in one season, and Brandon Joyce broke the record for career RBIs as the Sand Sharks split a doubleheader Saturday with Georgia Gwinnett to open their final regular-season baseball series.
Wenthe’s three-run blast capped a four-run first inning in the opener, helping power the Sand Sharks to an 8-3 victory. Georgia Gwinnett had the hot bats in Game 2, scoring nine runs in the final four innings of a 13-4 romp.
Wenthe’s home run moved the junior-college transfer alongside Erik Armstrong’s career mark set from 2011-14. He broke the Sand Sharks’ single-season mark in early April with his ninth homer.
Joyce added a two-run double in the second, giving him 134 career RBIs to pass R.J. Neal’s mark set in the program’s first four seasons from 2009-12.
The Sand Sharks got one more record out of the game when Alex Murphy was hit by a pitch for the 14th time this season, surpassing Armstrong’s single-season mark. Wade Arduani went five innings for the win, scattering six hits and striking out six.
Murphy’s two-run homer in the second inning paced the Sand Sharks in Game 2, but they were shut out after the third. The Grizzlies broke a 4-4 tie with three runs in the fourth, adding four more in the sixth and two in the seventh.