USC Beaufort

Sand Sharks notch first Sun Conference tournament win

The USC Beaufort baseball team hit two milestones Wednesday, as the Sand Sharks earned the 100th victory in the program's three-year history and picked up their first Sun Conference Tournament win with an 8-3 victory against Webber International at City of Palms Park in Fort Myers, Fla.

The win kept the Sand Sharks alive in the double-elimination tournament. They will play SCAD Savannah at 3 p.m. today in another elimination game.

Left-hander Adam Miller was outstanding for USCB, needing only 95 pitches to throw a complete-game seven-hitter. Miller allowed three runs on five hits in the fifth inning, but he settled down and faced the minimum 12 batters the rest of the way, as a pair of double plays erased the two walks he allowed after the fifth.

The Sand Sharks (28-20) staked Miller to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, sending eight batters to the plate against starter Rob Lane. They made it 4-0 on Erik Armstrong's solo home run in the fourth -- the first out-of-the-park home run of the tournament.

Webber International (30-26) got back in it with its big inning, but the Sand Sharks put it away with a four-run eighth capped by David O'Neil's two-run single.

Armstrong and Spencer Jackson had three hits apiece for the Sand Sharks.

Miller's endurance helped USCB save its bullpen for what could be a long day today. If the Sand Sharks win at 3 p.m., they will play again at 7 p.m. against the loser of this morning's game between Embry-Riddle and St. Thomas.

All three of USCB's usual weekend starters have pitched in the past two games -- regular No. 3 starter Michael Heesch pitched in relief in Tuesday's opener -- so coach Rick Sofield's options are limited today.

USCB 300 100 040 -- 8 11 0

WIU 000 030 000 -- 3 7 1

WP: Adam Miller (5-5) 9 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K.

LP: Rob Lane (6-4) 6 2-3 IP, 7 H, 4 R 4 ER, 3 BB, 0 K.

Top hitters: USCB -- Spencer Jackson 3 for 5, RBI; David O'Neil 1 for 4, 2 RBIs; Ty Main 2 for 4; Gabe Torres 2 for 4, RBI; Erik Armstrong 3 for 5, HR, 2 RBIs. WIU -- Josh Longbrake 1 for 4, RBI; Taylor Mathis 1 for 3, 2B, RBI; Billy Farrell 2 for 3, RBI.

SUN CONFERENCE BASEBALL TOURNAMENT

Wednesday's games

USC Beaufort 8, Webber International 3

Embry-Riddle 9, Southeastern 1

St. Thomas 15, SCAD Savannah 9

Today's games

Embry-Riddle vs. St. Thomas, 11 a.m.

USC Beaufort vs. SCAD Savannah, 3 p.m.

USC Beaufort/SCAD Savannah winner vs. Embry-Riddle/St. Thomas loser, 7 p.m.

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