The Spring Hill College softball team saw its 6-game winning streak snapped by No. 14 William Carey University with 3-0 and 7-1 losses at Fail Field on Wednesday afternoon.
The first game was scoreless through 4½ innings before the Crusaders' Shana Gunter drove in a run in the bottom of the 5th inning with a double deep down the left field line. Tan Montgomery added two more runs for Carey (23-6, 4-0 GCAC) in the 6th with a single up the middle to build out a 3-0 advantage.
Sam Brooks (6-9) took the loss for the Badgers allowing just one earned run off six walks, no walks and two strikeouts. Kelsey Smith (4-2) went the distance for WCU giving up just three hits in the shutout with no walks and two strikeouts.
The second game opened with Bree Neidhardt of Carey slapping a lead off solo homer in the bottom of the 1st inning.
Neidhardt's blast would be the only score of the contest for the next three innings as Brittany Abate of SHC and Carey's Anna Ard waged a classic pitcher's duel. Jeana Erickson would tack on a second Crusader run in the 4th frame with an RBI triple and then scored one batter later off a Missy Paulina groundout to second base.
The Badgers would not leave quietly, however, as Haley Brown dropped down a perfect sacrifice squeeze bunt to score Brooke Turlich from 3rd base in the 6th inning to make the score 3-1. Later in the inning, Spring Hill would move runners to second and third with two outs, before a grounder to second base ended the threat.
Spring Hill reliever Lauren Crane surrendered a 4-run 6th inning as the Crusaders blew open the game with three hits in the inning including a 2-run homer by Gunter.
Abate (4-1) took her first loss of the year for SHC going four innings with six hits, no walks and no strikeouts. Ard moved to 7-3 on the year allowing just two hits with four walks and four strikeouts.
Spring Hill (12-15, 2-2 GCAC) plays at 25th ranked University of Mobile (21-10, 4-0 GCAC) in a conference doubleheader on Friday at 4 p.m.