USC Beaufort

Sand Sharks earn weekend sweep

Another big day with the bats and more strong starting pitching propelled the USC Beaufort baseball team to complete a four-game sweep of visiting Fisher College on Sunday at Hardeeville's Richard Gray Baseball Complex.

The Sand Sharks won 8-2 and 11-2 on Sunday after sweeping a pair by scores of 5-0 and 14-2 on Saturday.

Despite playing four games in two days, USCB (5-1) didn't have to worry about a depleted bullpen, thanks in large part to right-hander Weldon Smith's performance in Sunday's opener.

Smith, a converted infielder and a former Battery Creek High School standout, threw a seven-inning complete game, striking out seven and limiting the Hawks to two runs -- one earned -- on nine hits.

The Sand Sharks pounded 11 hits behind Smith, led by Larry Perry, DeShontay Berry, Paul Cheeks and Gabe Torres with two hits apiece. Adam Gendall and Spencer Jackson each drove in two runs.

The strong pitching continued for USCB in the second game, as junior left-hander Michael Heesch held Fisher to two runs on seven hits over five innings for his second win, and Andres Castro pitched two scoreless innings in relief. Heesch, a transfer from Illinois-Chicago, struck out seven.

Jackson, Berry, David O'Neil and Conald Mansfield had two hits apiece, with O'Neil and Berry driving in two runs and Mansfield adding three RBIs.

The Sand Sharks are back in action Tuesday, traveling to Edward Waters for a non-conference game at 4 p.m. They host Ave Maria for a three-game Sun Conference series Friday and Saturday.

Game 1

Fisher 000 001 1 -- 2 9 0

USCB 022 004 x -- 8 11 2

WP: Weldon Smith (1-0) 7 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K.

LP: Mike Callahan (0-1) 3 2-3 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K.

Top hitters: Fisher -- Sebastiano Petruzzelli 2 for 2; Reynaldo Nunez 1 for 4, RBI; Jose Rodriguez 1 for 2, double. USCB -- Larry Perry 2 for 4, double; DeShontay Berry 2 for 3, double, RBI; Paul Cheeks 2 for 2, double, RBI; Gabe Torres 2 for 4, RBI; Adam Gendall 1 for 2, 2 RBIs; Spencer Jackson 1 for 1, 2 RBIs.

Game 2

Fisher 000 200 0 -- 2 7 4

USCB 117 101 x -- 11 10 1

WP: Michael Heesch (2-0) 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K.

LP: Casey Reed (0-1) 2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2 K.

Top hitters: Fisher -- Jose Rodriguez 1 for 4, 2 RBIs; Mike Oliveira 2 for 4; Victor Lebron 2 for 3, double. USCB -- David O'Neil 2 for 4, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs; Spencer Jackson 2 for 3, double; Conald Mansfield 2 for 3, double, 3 RBIs; DeShontay Berry 2 for 3, double, 2 RBIs; Brett Martin 1 for 3, double, RBI.

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