Badger Athletics - Spring Hill College News
Softball - Sat, Apr. 4, 2009
The Spring Hill College softball team split a non-conference home doubleheader with LSU-Alexandria, taking the first game 4-1 and dropping the second game in extra innings by the score of 2-1 on Saturday afternoon.
In the first game, SHC starter Lauren Crane (4-3) picked up her fourth complete game of the year and pitched a 3-hit gem, allowing just one unearned run with two walks and six strikeouts.
The Badgers found themselves tied at one going into the bottom of the sixth inning, but scored three runs in the frame to take a 4-1 lead.  Brittany Abate would score the go-ahead run from second base when LSUA second baseman Blayke Hanks threw away a sacrifice bunt attempt by SHC's Lindsey Taylor.  Catcher Brooke Turlich then scored off a wild pitch and Crane helped out her own cause with a sacrifice fly that scored Taylor.
The second game was knotted at one run each at the end of regulation play when LSUA (9-24) used back-to-back sacrifice bunts in the eighth to score Emmalea Dugas from second and take the nightcap 2-1.
Samantha Brooks (7-10) took the hard-luck loss in relief and went four innings with two walks and a strikeout.  Megan Rowe (9-14) pitched both ends of the doubleheader for LSUA and allowed just two earned runs, 12 hits, four walks and three strikeouts in 14 innings of work.  For her day at the plate, Rowe was 4-for-6 with an RBI and a stolen base.
First baseman Jessica Erickson had one hit and drove in the lone Badger run in the third inning.
Spring Hill (13-24, 2-4 GCAC) will host seventh ranked William Carey University (29-4, 4-0 GCAC) on Monday in a 1 p.m. doubleheader.