Spring Hill College junior right fielder Ersy Pacheco blasted a 2-out Grand Slam over the left field fence in the bottom of the 6th inning on Monday afternoon to give the Badgers a 6-3 victory over Columbia College (Mo.) in the nightcap of a home twin bill. Columbia held on to win 4-3 in the first game.
Pacheco's heroics came after the Cougars (19-10) built a 3-1 lead in the top of the 6th off a run-scoring single by Ashley Farmer. SHC was not to be denied, however, loading the bases in the bottom of the frame with 2-outs off singles by Lindsey Taylor and Brooke Turlich and a hit-by-pitch for Monica Zeringue to bring Pacheco to the plate.
Pacheco, Taylor, Zeringue and Turlich each had two hits in the second game with Turlich adding two RBIs. Tori Gehlert, Kacey Rehagen and Farmer had two hits apiece for Columbia.
Brittany Abate (5-2) was the winner going the distance and scattering seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Rehagen (6-7) took the complete-game loss allowing just one earned run off nine hits, three walks and one strikeout.
The first game saw the Cougars jump out to an early 3-0 lead off three Badgers errors in the 1st inning, but Spring Hill answered with a run in the bottom of the 1st off a sacrifice fly by Pacheco.
SHC would cut the deficit to 4-3 in the 4th inning with two runs scoring off wild pitches by Columbia starter Valerie Teter (14-6). In the bottom of the 7th, Sam Brooks ripped a 1-out triple to the right field corner only to be cut down at home following a bunt back to the pitcher by pinch hitter Jessica Edgar.
Brooks (7-11) was saddled with the hard-luck complete-game loss in the first game. She allowed no earned runs off seven hits, no walks and three strikeouts, but suffered five errors in the field behind her. Teter also allowed no earned runs off just two hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts in the complete-game win. The Cougars' Sam Stringer was 2-for-4 at the plate.
Spring Hill (15-18, 2-4 GCAC) will host 14th-ranked William Carey University (23-8, 4-2 GCAC) in a noon doubleheader on Thursday at Murray Field.