SB: Sand Sharks split DH with top-25 opponent

USCB softball took down a second top-25 NAIA squad in two days Saturday, defeating No. 24 Truett McConnell 4-1 on the road before dropping a rain-shortened rematch 9-3. 

After a two-out rally fell short in the first inning, the Sand Sharks pounced in the second as Alexis Odum stole home to take a 1-0 lead. TMU answered the tally in the fourth, scoring on another steal of home to knot the game at 1. But the deadlock was short-lived, as USCB’s Bri Dunn continued her red-hot play with an RBI-single to center to give her squad a 2-1 advantage in the fifth. 

The offense continued to roll in the sixth and seventh, plating two more runs on a Devon Weller walk that scored Rachel Frankhouser and a Jaci Coleman RBI-groundout to make it 4-1. The reliable Ally Muraskin shut the door on the mound, sealing the victory and pulling off another tremendous upset. 

The Molloseau-Muraskin duo was unstoppable again, leading the Sand Sharks to the victory over the nationally-ranked Bears. Maria Molloseau started the game with 3 1-3 strong innings, allowing just one run and three hits before Muraskin shut it down, holding TMU off the board the rest of the way and picking up four strikeouts. Zinia Hampleton was 2-for-2 at the plate, and Francie Gaskin collected a pair of hits.

Truett McConnell came with a vengeance in game two, racing out to a 6-0 lead with six runs on as many hits in the first inning. The Sand Sharks were able to chip away in the third with a Weller RBI-double and Dunn sacrifice fly to make it 6-2. But the Bears added three more in the bottom half to open up a seven-run advantage. Weller capped off a stellar day with a solo homer before the contest was called in the bottom of the fifth inning, resulting in an official game and a 9-3 TMU win. 

Weller delivered a breakout performance, as the freshman leadoff hitter went 2-for-3 with a home run, double, and two RBIs in the finale. 

USCB (8-6) will take a breather before starting Sun Conference play on Wednesday at home against Coastal Georgia. 

By Wes Kerr

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