With two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th inning Friday, USC Beaufort's Larry Perry delivered a single between third base and shortstop to give the Sand Sharks a 7-6 victory over league-leading Embry-Riddle at the Richard Gray Baseball Complex in Hardeeville.
It was the first Sun Conference defeat of the season for Embry-Riddle (20-3 overall, 12-1 conference), ranked sixth in the NAIA.
The Sand Sharks (16-6, 6-4) found themselves in a 5-0 hole after the top of the fifth inning, but they mounted a steady comeback. USCB scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings, and then posted two runs in both the seventh and eighth to take a 6-5 lead.
Starter Adam Miller was touched up for four runs in the first three innings, but settled down and held Embry-Riddle to one run over the next three frames. Alexander Graham and Andres Castro came on in relief and each pitched a scoreless inning as the Sand Sharks took the lead.
Closer Andrew Barrineau (1-1) pitched the ninth, but gave up the tying run to the Eagles to blow the save. Barrineau stayed in the game, however, and held Embry-Riddle scoreless in the top of the 10th and 11th to set the stage for Perry's heroics.
Gabe Torres led USCB, going 3 for 5 with two RBIs. Ty Main, David O'Neal, Conald Mansfield, Brett Martin and R.J. Neal each had two hits for the Sand Sharks, who had 16 hits total. Perry scored two runs.
Shortstop Ben Kline had three hits, including a double, for Embry-Riddle. Phillip Reamy took the loss, giving up one run in three innings.
The series wraps up today in Hardeeville with a doubleheader starting at noon, an hour earlier than originally scheduled.