USC Beaufort

USC Beaufort softball pitchers lead way in sweep of Montreat

Dominant pitching powered the University of South Carolina Beaufort softball team to a doubleheader sweep of visiting Montreat on Friday in Hardeeville, as the 12th-ranked Sand Sharks beat the Cavaliers 4-1 and 9-1 at Richard Gray Sports Complex.

USCB (10-2) allowed only four hits in the twinbill, as Kristy Cook and Caitlin Campbell combined on a two-hitter in the opener and Ashlie Layman and Kendall Jumper limited the Cavaliers to two hits in the nightcap.

Cook (4-0) flirted with a perfect game in the first contest, retiring the first 13 batters before a pair of walks set up Megan Recher's RBI single to break up the no-hit bid and cut it to 2-1. The Sand Sharks tacked on two runs in the bottom of the frame on Mariaha Sanborn's home run and Melanie Goolsby's RBI double before Campbell worked two scoreless innings for her first save.

Goolsby also had a solo homer as she went 3 for 3 with two RBIs to pace the offense. Alexandria Simmons knocked in a run with a single in the third.

Cook struck out three and allowed one run on one hit over five innings. Campbell fanned five and gave up one hit and one walk in her two innings.

Layman (5-0) continued the dominance in the second game, striking out eight over four scoreless innings to improve to 16-0 in her career. The Thomas Heyward Academy grad held Montreat without a hit until the fourth, when Alecia Rhinehart beat out an infield single after Sanborn made a diving stab to her left at third base and threw from her knees to make it a close play.

Simmons went 2 for 3 with three RBIs, Chelsey Blasingame was 2 for 2 with an RBI and scored three runs, and leadoff hitter Missy Hughes had a hit and scored four runs to lead the offensive outburst.

The Sand Sharks continue their homestand Sunday, hosting Virginia Intermont for a doubleheader at 1 p.m.