The Spring Hill College baseball team split a closely contested doubleheader at Thomas University on Tuesday afternoon by winning the first game 13-12 before dropping the second game 6-5.
In the first game, the Badgers pounded out 15 total hits led by senior right fielder Ryan Hall whose 3-for-4 performance gave him the Spring Hill record for career hits, passing Tim Hilpert's 253 total safeties from 1995 to 1998. Hall would end the day with seven hits placing him at 260 career hits for the Badgers.
Bobby Voss hit consecutive 2-run homers in the 1st and 2nd innings for SHC while Blake Nelson and Justin Harrison both enjoyed 3-hit outings.
The Badgers rallied for a 5-run top of the 7th inning highlighted by Ryan Cummings' 2-run triple to stake Spring Hill to a 13-11 lead. The Night Hawks (24-10) scored and then loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the inning, but a ground-out to Cummings at short ended the threat.
Lawrence Trunk (2-0) was the winner in relief while Josh Essington picked up his second save of the year for SHC.
Spring Hill continued to swing hot bats in the second game adding 13 more hits to their totals, but just couldn't pick up the crucial hits when needed as Thomas won 6-5. Hall was 4-for-5 at the plate while Nelson had three hits and Voss delivered two more. Freshman James Maughn (3-1) suffered his first loss of the season despite the Badgers playing errorless ball in both games.
This weekend Spring Hill (20-16, 11-11 GCAC) will travel to Jackson, Miss., to play a 3-game conference series at Tougaloo College (2-28, 1-18 GCAC) beginning with a single game at 2 p.m. on Friday and finishing with a Saturday doubleheader at 1 p.m.