The Spring Hill College softball team split a conference home doubleheader with No. 7 William Carey University on Monday, falling in the first game 8-2, but bouncing back to take the nightcap 4-3 behind a strong pitching performance by sophomore Samantha Brooks.
In the first game, Carey (30-5, 5-1 GCAC) jumped out to a 4-0 advantage after two innings before SHC answered with two runs in the third when Lindsey Taylor scored off a Lauren Crane sacrifice fly to right and Monica Zeringue scampered home from third via a Brittany Abate ground-out to second base.
Carey, however, came back with two runs in the fourth inning and tacked on insurance runs in the sixth and seventh innings to end the game at 8-2.
SHC starter Crane (4-4) lasted just two innings with two hits, two walks and a strikeout. Only one of the four Crusader runs in her totals were earned. Abate finished the game, going five innings with three earned runs, six hits and a walk.
Zeringue had two hits including a third-inning double for the Badgers.
Melanie Bush (11-1) was the winner for Carey in four innings with six hits no walks and a pair of strikeouts. Brittany Fuller pitched the final three innings for the save with just one hit and two strikeouts.
The second game saw the Badgers score a pair of runs in both the first and second innings and then hold off a Carey rally for a 4-3 victory. In the first inning, Jessica Erickson drove in Zeringue with a ground out to the shortstop and Crane scored off a wild pitch. The next frame had Jessica Whidden single in Jessica Edgar from third and then Taylor followed with a single up the middle to score Whidden who had moved to second on a stolen base.
Carey's Pam Martin drove a 2-run homer over the left-center fence in the fourth to cut the Badger advantage to just 4-3, but no Crusader runner would advance further than first base over the game's final 11 outs.
Samantha Brooks (8-10) pitched a complete game for the win and scattered seven hits with one walk and four strikeouts. Alyssa Boutwell (6-1) took her first loss of the season for Carey in just 1.1 innings of work and allowing four runs off three hits with two walks.
Edgar had two hits with a double that led off the second inning while Erickson and Whidden each had a hit and a RBI.
Spring Hill (14-25, 3-5 GCAC) will next travel to Belhaven College (27-13, 3-5 GCAC) in Jackson, Miss., on April 16 for a 1:30 p.m. GCAC doubleheader.