The Spring Hill College softball team opened the 2010 season versus two Top 25 teams at the Faulkner University Invitational in Montgomery, Ala., on Friday. In the morning game the Badgers lost 4-0 to No. 22 Auburn University Montgomery only to fall 9-4 to No. 18 Shorter College later in the afternoon.
In the first game SHC starter Samantha Brooks shutout the Senators (4-0) through four innings only to allow an unearned run in the 5th followed by a 3-run 6th inning that included a homerun.
Against AUM, the Badgers had leadoff hitters reach base in four of the seven innings and also put runners in scoring position in five innings, but failed to come up with the big hits when needed.
Brooks (0-1) allowed nine hits in the complete game loss and recorded five strikeouts.
The final game of the day saw the Badgers fall to the Lady Hawks of Shorter College (4-0) from Rome, Ga., 9-4. Three unearned runs by Shorter in the first inning spoiled the debut of junior starter Ersy Pacheco (0-1) who lasted three innings with five hits and two walks. Only one run of the five given up by Pacheco was earned, however.
Brooks took over in the 4th to finish the game and allowed four earned runs off one strikeout and six hits by the Lady Hawks.
At the plate, shortstop Monica Zerigue led off the Badgers half of the 1st with SHC's first homer of 2010 that followed with a lead-off bomb by junior first baseman Kayla McCraney in the 2nd frame.
By the end of five innings, SC held a slim 5-4 advantage, but a pair of runs in both the 6th and 7th innings put an end to the Badger comeback attempt.
Zeringue and Pacheco each had two hits for the Badgers who combined for six hits in the game.
Spring Hill (0-2) will remain in Montgomery on Saturday to close out the tournament against Reinhardt College at 3 p.m. and host Faulkner University at 7 p.m.