USC Beaufort

Pitchers Cook, Layman lead USC Beaufort softball to sweep in Florida

BABSON PARK, Fla. -- The University of South Carolina Beaufort softball team started a big Sun Conference road trip with a pair of wins Saturday, beating Webber International 7-0 and 6-2.

The 15th-ranked Sand Sharks got outstanding pitching from junior Kristy Cook and freshman Ashlie Layman, as both tossed four-hitters.

Cook (10-3) threw her sixth career no-hitter on Wednesday against Columbia College and followed it up with another impressive effort, shutting out the Warriors while striking out six in the opener. She didn't allow a hit until the third and struck out the last two batters of the game.

USCB (25-5, 3-1 Sun) broke open a scoreless game with six runs in the fourth inning. Shelby Zipperer's two-run single was the biggest blow in the outburst, and Amanda Brown, Sammi Shaffren, Alexandria Simmons and Taylor Triplett also had RBIs during the big inning. Sam Boland added an RBI single in the sixth.

Maddie Byrd was 3-for-4 and Shaffren, Zipperer and Triplett each had two hits for USCB.

Layman (10-0) struck out nine and walked five in the second game to improve to 21-0 in her career. The Sand Sharks staked her to a 2-0 lead in the fourth, getting RBIs from Shaffren and Melanie Goolsby.

The Warriors answered with a run in the bottom of the fourth, but Mariaha Sanborn blasted a three-run home run in the fifth and Zipperer added a solo shot in the sixth to make it 6-1. Webber International pushed across one run in the seventh before Layman stranded two runners to end it.

Sanborn and Chelsey Blasingame each had three hits for the Sand Sharks in the finale.

USCB plays another Sun Conference doubleheader Sunday, taking on Embry-Riddle (Fla.) at 1 p.m.