USCB baseball couldn’t match up to a strong Keiser squad this weekend, suffering 14-3, 7-1, and 13-3 losses to the No. 8 team in the NAIA on Friday and Saturday in West Palm Beach, Fla.
The Sand Sharks started strong on Friday, taking a 2-0 first-inning lead in the opener with clutch two-out RBI hits from Nick Milhan and Wesley Ambrose. But the Seahawk offense sprang to life quickly, scoring seven combined runs in the first two innings to snatch control of the contest. Milhan knocked in another hit and Tavaris Terrell scored in the third off an error to make it 7-3 before Keiser doubled its total and held off the Sand Sharks the rest of the way.
Milhan paced the offense in the opening game, going 2-for-3 with an RBI.
USCB sent ace Matt Malatesta to the mound for game two on Friday and the senior dominated early, allowing just one hit in the first two innings. But the Seahawks broke through in the bottom of the third, scoring five runs off two hits, three walks, and a hit batsman. KU tacked on another run in the bottom of the fifth, and Jacob Charron belted a home run in the eighth to make it 7-0. USCB’s Leandy Castro answered back with his own dinger in the ninth, but his squad couldn’t extend the rally.
Keiser started its bid for a three-game sweep in the first inning Saturday, scoring a run with the help of two errors to take a 1-0 lead. The Seahawks doubled the advantage in the fourth with a one-out Tim Bouchard homer and stretched it to 5-0 in the fifth. USCB found the scoreboard in the sixth with a TK Kennedy bases-loaded single and a run-scoring balk to cut the deficit to three. Keiser then answered with a run in the home half before plating five in the seventh to make it 11-2. Alexander Humphrey smacked a homer to cut the lead to eight, but the Seahawks scored two in the bottom half to finish off the three-game sweep with a 13-3 win.
Blaize Minick impressed on the mound for the Sand Sharks, striking out four batters and allowing only two earned runs in a five-inning outing.
USCB (12-12, 2-7) looks to rebound at home Tuesday against Middle Georgia State.
By Wes Kerr