USC Beaufort

Sand Sharks sweep Fla. Memorial, squeeze into postseason

Two strong pitching performances and an offensive outburst led the USC Beaufort baseball team to a doubleheader sweep Saturday at Florida Memorial, pushing the Sand Sharks into next month's Sun Conference tournament.

The Sand Sharks won 11-0 and 8-1 on Saturday to complete the three-game sweep and force a four-way tie for fifth place in the conference. Webber International was awarded the No. 5 seed based on having the best record against the other three teams involved in the tie. USCB earned the No. 6 seed because it had the best record against the other two teams who remained tied.

USCB (27-18, 13-14 Sun Conference) entered the weekend series needing a sweep to maintain its playoff hopes, and the Sand Sharks' pitchers delivered. After Dexter Price and Colton Rudd combined on a three-hitter in Friday's 6-2 win, left-handers Adam Miller and Michael Heesch came through for USCB on Saturday.

Miller threw a seven-hit shutout in the opener, striking out nine and walking five over eight innings before the game ended early because of the 10-run rule.

Heesch was equally dominant in the second game, striking out eight over seven innings while walking two and allowing one run on six hits. Rudd pitched two perfect innings to finish off the sweep.

Left fielder Blake Cilwick had another big day at the plate, going 2 for 4 with a double and four runs in the opener and going 3 for 5 with an RBI in the second game, and Larry Perry had four hits and seven RBIs in the doubleheader.

The Sand Sharks wrap up the regular season with a home game against Savannah State at 4 p.m. Tuesday. USCB will open the conference tournament against top-seeded Embry-Riddle at 11 a.m. on May 3.

GAME 1

USCB 003 020 33 -- 11 16 1

FMU 000 000 00 -- 0 7 1

WP: Adam Miller 8 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 9 K.

LP: Frank Santos 4 2-3 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K.

Top hitters: USCB -- Blake Cilwick 2 for 4, 4 R, 2B; Gabe Torres 3 for 5, 3 R, 3 RBIs; Erik Armstrong 4 for 4, 2 RBIs; Keifer Youmans 2 for 2, 2 RBIs; Larry Perry 2 for 5, 3 RBIs. FMU -- Andy Ruiz 2 for 4.

GAME 2

USCB 041 002 010 -- 8 14 0

FMU 001 000 000 -- 1 6 4

WP: Michael Heesch 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K.

LP: Juan Flores 3 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K.

Top hitters: USCB -- David O'Neil 1 for 3, RBI; Blake Cilwick 3 for 5, RBI; Gabe Torres 2 for 4; Erik Armstrong 1 for 3, RBI; Keifer Youmans 2 for 5, Larry Perry 2 for 4, 3B, 4 RBIs; Clay Bonds 1 for 3, RBI. FMU -- Jean Carlos Diaz 2 for 4, 2B, RBI; Brian Bernatowicz 1 for 4, 2B.

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