LEWISTON, Idaho - (Box Score) Five Embry-Riddle (Fla.) errors led to five Sand Shark unearned runs as No. 8 South Carolina Beaufort eliminated the fifth-seeded Eagles with a 7-2 victory in game five of the 2012 Avista-NAIA World Series at Harris Field in Lewiston, Idaho. The victory is the first in program history for the Sand Sharks who are making their first appearance at the World Series.
With the win, South Carolina Beaufort (41-18) extends its season and advances to play the loser of No. 2 Lee (Tenn.) and No. 7 Point Park (Pa.) at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 28. Embry-Riddle ends the season with a 43-18 overall record and is eliminated from the World Series.
Adam Miller (10-5) earned the win for South Carolina Beaufort. The senior lefthander allowed 10 hits, but only two runs (one earned) over eight innings. Colton Rudd shut the door on the victory retiring all three Eagles he faced in the ninth.
Offensively, Conald Mansfield and Brandon Collins each closed the game 2-for-4 from the dish. Additionally, Mansfield posted two RBIs, both coming in the first. As a team, the Sand Sharks recorded 10 hits.
Daniel Eaton (7-6) took the loss for Embry-Riddle despite only allowing one earned run - six total. He struck out a game-high seven batters and walked three over 7.2 innings. Eagle first baseman Chris Page posted a game-high three hits - all singles - and one RBI.
South Carolina Beaufort set the tone early when leadoff hitter David O'Neil sent a 2-2 pitch through the left side for a leadoff single. O'Neil advanced to second just two pitches later on an Eagle error that also allowed R.J. Neal to reach safely. Following a double steal that put runners at second and third with no outs, Ty Main singled to center to score O'Neil. South Carolina Beaufort added two more on the next pitch as Embry-Riddle center fielder had a grounder ricochet off his glove and into left-center field. The Sand Sharks ended the frame with three runs on four hits and three errors.
Embry-Riddle cut the deficit to 3-1 in the bottom half with back-to-back two out singles by Ben Kline and Ian MacGeorge. The Eagles added another run in the bottom of the second when two-straight errors allowed JT Warmoth to score making it 3-2.
The game remained 3-2 until South Carolina Beaufort broke things open in the top of the eighth. Eaton struck out the first two hitters of the inning, but again was let down by his defense as Gabe Torres reached via a throwing error by the Embry-Riddle short stop. A walk and single brought pinch hitter Blake Cilwick to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded. On the third pitch of the at bat, Cilwick advanced to first on a hit by pitch that brought home Torres from third, 4-2. Two additional Sand Shark runs scored on the next pitch when the Embry-Riddle third baseman kicked an O'Neil ground ball into left-center field making it a 6-2 ball game.
South Carolina Beaufort would add another in the top of the ninth en route to the victory.