Ally Muraskin was unstoppable with a pair of complete-game victories Saturday, and USCB softball earned an important two-game sweep over Warner, winning 8-0 and 3-1 in Hardeeville.
USCB got the offense rolling in the third inning of game one, as consecutive hits from Zinia Hampleton, Emily Phillips, and Devon Weller pushed across the first run of the game. Reliable senior Kaleigh Furbush then drilled a single to plate two more and take a 3-0 lead.
The Sand Sharks kept the bats going in the fourth with a Weller double and another RBI knock by Furbush to extend the advantage to 7-0. With just one more run needed to end the game via run-rule, Furbush came through again with a leadoff double to kickstart the sixth. Pinch-runner Alyssa Smith replaced the senior, and Shania Domingue delivered the final blow, smacking a single to left to plate Smith and clinch the 8-0 victory.
Muraskin put up a dominant performance in the circle, spinning a complete-game one-hitter and striking out 10 batters. Furbush and Weller were phenomenal at the plate, going 3-for-4 each while combining for seven RBIs. Emily Phillips was 2-for-2 with a pair of singles, and Domingue added a double plus the game-clinching hit.
The visiting Royals found the scoreboard in the first inning of the rematch with a Breyonna Shell single to go up 1-0. USCB started out the game cold but found its groove in the third inning as Rachel Frankhouser singled and scored on a Bri Dunn sacrifice fly to tie it at 1. The Sand Sharks conjured a spectacular two-out rally in the fifth, as Dunn roped a double down the left-field line before Ashlyn Alte smacked another two-bagger to give her team a 2-1 advantage. Hampleton added an insurance run in the sixth with a sacrifice fly, and Muraskin finished off her second complete game of the day with a 1-2-3 seventh inning.
It was a day to remember for the Florida International product, as the senior racked up five strikeouts while winning her second straight contest going the distance and allowing no earned runs. Alte was tremendous in game two, going 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Frankhouser and Hoolie Garcia collected two hits each, and Dunn added a double and drove in a run.
USCB (18-16, 9-7) looks to keep it going Thursday in a Sun Conference road series with St. Thomas.
By Wes Kerr