USC Beaufort

Host USC Beaufort recovers for softball split vs. St. Thomas

HARDEEVILLE -- The University of South Carolina Beaufort softball team couldn't overcome four errors in the opener but rebounded to win the second game of a doubleheader against visiting St. Thomas on Sunday at Richard Gray Sports Complex.

The 15th-ranked Sand Sharks had their 10-game winning streak snapped with a 6-3 loss in the first game, but they pounded the Bobcats 10-2 in six innings in the finale to remain in a virtual tie with Embry-Riddle atop the Sun Conference standings.

St. Thomas turned four Sand Shark errors into three unearned runs in the opener, and that proved to be the difference.

After the Bobcats took a 1-0 lead in the first, Taylor Triplett and Maddie Byrd delivered RBI singles in the bottom of the inning and Triplett added an RBI single in the third for a 3-1 USCB lead.

Cristina Sacramento shut out the Sand Sharks (30-6, 8-2 TSC) the rest of the way, though, and the Bobcats rallied for two in the fourth to tie it, scored twice in the sixth to take the lead and tacked on another run in the seventh.

The Sand Sharks bounced back in a big way in the second game, as Alexandria Simmons homered and drove in six runs and Ashlie Layman shut down the Bobcats.

USCB did most of its damage in the six-run third inning, as Sammi Shaffren and Simmons each smacked two-run doubles, Mariaha Sanborn added an RBI single and Shelby Zipperer knocked in a run with a double.

The Bobcats scored twice in the fourth, but USCB got both runs back on Simmons' two-run blast in the bottom of the inning, and Simmons doubled home two more in the sixth to invoke the eight-run mercy rule.

Simmons and Shaffren each had three hits and Layman allowed two runs on seven hits while improving to 13-0 on the season and 24-0 in her career.

USCB is back in action Tuesday for a non-conference doubleheader at Coastal Georgia before traveling to Thomas (Ga.) for a Sun Conference twinbill Friday.