HARDEEVILLE, S.C.—The Fire dropped both games of a Sun Conference doubleheader to first-place USCB, falling 3-1, then 16-3.
Despite 15 hits over 12 innings of play, the Fire (22-23, 6-10) couldn’t string enough together to generate runs.
A 3-run homer in the bottom of the first accounted for half of the Sand Sharks hits and all of their runs in the first game.
Hannah Bodenhorn fell to 10-7 after striking out six and walking one in six innings of work.
A two-out RBI single up the middle by Cheyenne Benson-Ross got the Fire on the board in the top of the fourth.
In the sixth, Sam Holcomb led off with a single and advanced to third on a bunt and a wild pitch, but a groundout ended the inning. The Fire threatened again in the seventh with two on and one out, but a fielder’s choice and a fly out ended the game.
Bailee Moll, Heather Faulk, and Holcomb each had two hits.
Holcomb’s RBI single in the top of the first in game two got the Fire a 1-0 lead, but the Sand Sharks responded in a big way in their half of the first. USCB plated 11 runs on seven hits, and only stranded one runner in the first to start the rout.
Holcomb also drove in the other two SEU runs with a sacrifice fly in the third, and an RBI groundout in the fifth.
Moll again had two hits in the game as did Haleigh Harrell.
The Fire return home to host Coastal Georgia on Saturday for Senior Day.