USCB’s baseball team split a pair of one-run games with visiting Milligan (Tenn.) on opening day Friday.
The Sand Sharks rallied for an 8-7 win in the opener before letting a late lead slip away in a 6-5 loss in the nightcap.
In the opener, the Sand Sharks fell behind 3-0 in the second inning after the Buffaloes tagged USCB ace Nick Constan for four straight two-out hits. But Constan settled in to throw two more scoreless innings, and USCB scratched across two runs in the second, three in the third, two in the fourth, and one in the fifth to take control.
Bobby Wenthe was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs, and Steven Mojica went 3-for-4 and scored twice to pace USCB’s offense. Robbie McKinney was 2-for-4 with an RBI and scored twice.
Constan allowed three runs (two earned) and five hits over four innings to earn the win. Ryan Reynolds picked up the save, allowing four runs over three innings and stranding the tying run at second to end the game.
The Sand Sharks kept up the hot hitting early in game 2, scoring three runs in the first and leading 5-2 after six innings, but Milligan scored three in the seventh to force extra innings and won it in the eighth.
McKinney was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Noah Matthews was 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.
Starter Eamonn Collins allowed two runs and six hits over 5 1/3 innings in his Sand Shark debut, while Ryan Pedersen gave up four runs in 2 2/3 innings of relief to take the loss.
The teams wrap up the series with a single game at noon Saturday.