Some of the close ones haven’t gone their way, but Ted Falkner’s squad is looking the part through the first six games. The USCB Sand Sharks split another pair of contests with St Andrew’s on the road Saturday, surrendering a 5-4 walk-off defeat in game one before holding off a Knight rally 4-3 in the finale.
St. Andrew’s raced out to a 3-0 lead in the first contest, scoring a pair of runs in the first before a J.R. Polak RBI single in the third extended the advantage. The Sand Sharks were able to put runners on throughout the next two innings, but failed to send any across the plate.
But they found the magic in the seventh. Kyran Russ started it off with a single, and a throwing error sent him to third and put two on with nobody out. After Hunter McKown got the Sand Sharks on the board with a pinch-hit RBI single, Alexander Humphery connected on his first homer of the season, a three-run blast that gave USCB a 4-3 lead. But the visitors couldn’t close it out, as the Knights plated two with a Jaxon Snider walk-off bloop to take a thrilling opener.
The Sand Sharks found the hot start in game two, posting a three-spot in the first inning. They only recorded one hit, but a pair of Knight errors gifted USCB the early edge. In the top of the third, Jack Slavin picked up an RBI groundout, scoring Clint Sellers and tacking on an important fourth run.
St. Andrew’s chipped away at the lead in the fourth, converting two hits into a pair of runs. The lead was cut in half again in the fifth, as Kris Allen doubled to send another run across the plate.
The Knights were searching for another come-from-behind win, but the Sand Sharks dug in and held on. Jacob Judy and Eamonn Collins navigated through trouble on the mound to preserve the one-run lead and secure the 4-3 victory, giving senior Donavan Huneck his first win of the season.
Humphrey put up a strong game one, going 2-for-4 with a three-run homer. Wesley Ambrose went 2-for-3 in the game two win and scored a run.
USCB (3-3) hosts in-state NAIA foe Columbia International on Tuesday.
Written by Wes Kerr