After a three-day delay, the USC Beaufort baseball team finally started its season Tuesday, and the 18th-ranked Sand Sharks started on a good note, going on the road for a 9-3 victory against Claflin University in Orangeburg.
The Sand Sharks (1-0) broke open a tied game with a four-run fifth inning. First baseman Spencer Jackson led the offense with three hits and an RBI, and catcher Brett Martin had two hits and two RBIs for the Sand Sharks. Second baseman Gabe Torres and outfielder Ty Main each had two hits and an RBI.
Junior left-hander Mike Heesch, a transfer from Illinois-Chicago, earned the win for USCB, allowing two runs -- one earned -- on four hits over six innings. He struck out eight and walked two.
Colton Rudd, another junior left-hander, pitched the final three innings for the save. Rudd allowed one run on one hit, walked one and struck out three.
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The Sand Sharks are scheduled for their home opener at 2 p.m. today against No. 24 Brewton-Parker. Senior left-hander Adam Miller is slated to start for USCB.