USC Beaufort

USC Beaufort, SCAD will be fighting for 2nd place on final day

The race for second place in the Sun Conference softball standings will go down to the final day of the regular season.

USC Beaufort made sure of that Saturday by rallying late and holding on for a 5-4 win in nine innings to split a doubleheader at SCAD Savannah. The Bees won the first game 1-0.

The series began with USCB holding a half-game lead over SCAD, meaning the series winner would finish second and clinch the No. 2 seed in the Sun Conference tournament.

SCAD took the upper hand in that race by winning the opener, as Olivia Kline pitched a shutout and scored the only run.

The game's only score was an unearned run in the bottom of the second, when two Sand Shark miscues allowed Kline to score after she led off the inning with a single.

Kline's hit was one of only three for the Bees against USCB ace Kristy Cook, who struck out four and walked two in a six-inning complete game. Jessaca Spears had SCAD's other two hits.

But the Sand Sharks were unable to scratch across a run against Kline, who struck out eight and walked one in a five-hit shutout.

Leadoff hitter Sammi Shaffren had two hits for USCB, and Katie Rietkovich, Sam Boland and Chelsey Blasingame added one apiece.

The Sand Sharks fell behind 3-1 in the second game, but they tied it on pinch-hitter Kalin Martin's two-run double in the sixth and took the lead when Martin scored on an error later in the inning.

SCAD tied it at four in the bottom of the sixth, and it stayed that way until the ninth.

In the top of the ninth, Paige Adams led off with a single, stole second and moved to third on Melanie Goolsby's sacrifice bunt.

When Rietkovich hit a fly ball to center for the second out, Adams tagged and scored on a close play at the plate. The throw beat her but the catcher was unable to hold on after making the tag.

The Bees used a single and two errors to load the bases in the bottom of the ninth, but Caroline Pastre induced a flyout to seal the win.

Pastre (8-5) struck out three and allowed four runs -- three earned -- on 10 hits in a complete game. She didn't walk anyone.

Goolsby, Boland and Shelby Zipperer had two hits apiece for USCB in the second game.

The teams wrap up the regular season with a single game at noon today.