SB: SWU hands Sand Sharks first losses of 2021

USCB softball couldn’t keep the unbeaten run rolling Saturday, suffering its first two losses of the season to NCAA Diviison II Southern Wesleyan, 8-2 and 8-0 at Richard Gray Stadium in Hardeeville.

The Warriors struck early and often in the opener, scoring two runs in the first and another in the second before racking up five in the fourth off several USCB miscues to take an 8-0 lead. The Sand Sharks finally found their offense in the bottom half, scoring two runs off a pair of hits to crack the scoreboard. Bri Dunn and Amber Locasto looked to spark a seventh-inning rally with a hit each, but a double play and flyout quickly ended the game.

Freshman Sierra Bilinski tossed 3 2/3 innings on the mound, allowing two earned runs and picking up four strikeouts.

Southern Wesleyan started fast again in game two, jumping out to a 4-0 lead with a trio of runs in the first inning and another in the third. Devon Weller tried to get her team going in the bottom half with a two-out knock to break up Megan Vaughn’s no-hitter, but the freshman was stranded on first. 

SWU doubled its advantage with a four-run fourth, and the Sand Sharks left two more on the basepaths in the home half. USCB put another runner on in the fifth, but it couldn’t send any across the plate as the game ended in an 8-0 run-rule defeat. 

Weller excelled in game two, going 2-for-3 at the plate while Caitlin Toole threw a pair of scoreless innings on the mound with just one hit allowed. 

USCB (6-2) visits Reinhardt for a doubleheader on Thursday. 

By Wes Kerr

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