The Spring Hill College baseball team lost both ends of a conference doubleheader to William Carey University on Saturday at Stan Galle Field, dropping the first game 6-4 and falling 10-3 in the nightcap.
Carey (18-16, 16-6) opened the first game with a 1st inning Grand Slam to left-center by Satsuma native Josh Dannelley and added a fifth run in the 5th inning when Jacob Casey drove in Jordan Prout with a double.
The Badgers regrouped and scored off an RBI single by Bobby Voss in the bottom of the 5th and notched two more runs off a sacrifice fly by Andy McCall and an RBI single by catcher Fred Rossi in the 6th inning.
Then Will Dannelley added the sixth Carey run with a run-scoring double in the 6th frame. In the 7th inning, the Badgers mounted a 2-out rally when McCall drove in Brad Holstein with a single to left-center to make the score 6-4 with the tying run at the plate. Blake Nelson's fly ball to center, however, closed out the threat.
Joe Carter (3-2) was saddled with the loss for SHC going six innings with nine hits, two walks and two strikeouts. Scotty Reese (5-2) went the distance for the Crusaders and allowed eight hits with a walk and four strikeouts.
At the plate, Will Dannelley and Prout each tallied two hits for WCU while McCall's one hit and 2-RBIs led the Badgers along with Ryan Cumming's 6th inning triple.
In the second game, SHC starter Nick Clapper (1-2) lasted just 1.1 innings as Carey quickly built out a 3-0 advantage. Badger reliever Jeff Keenum suffered a rocky start and surrendered another three runs in the 3rd inning, but settled down to set the side down in order over the next four innings.
Carey touched Keenum for four more runs in the 8th frame to build out a 10-1 margin and William Tillman was brought in the finish the final 1.1 innings.
Zachary Magee (3-1) was the complete-game winner for Carey scattering nine hits with a walk and strikeout.
Offensively, five Carey batters had multiple hits led by Will Dannelley and Justin Smith with three hits each. Smith and Prout also collected two RBIs each for the Crusaders. Cummings was 3-for-4 for the Badgers and McCall was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Ryan Hall hit his ninth career triple in the 3rd inning to set a new SHC record for career triples.
Spring Hill (19-15, 11-11 GCAC) will travel to Thomasville, Ga., on Tuesday for a non-conference doubleheader with Thomas University (23-9) beginning at 2 p.m.