The Spring Hill College softball team dropped both ends of a home conference doubleheader to William Carey University by the scores of 4-1 and 8-1 on Thursday afternoon.
In the first game, Carey's Judy Barber ripped a 2-run homerun to left field with two outs in the top of the 1st inning to stake the 14th ranked Crusaders (26-9, 6-2 GCAC) to an early 2-0 lead. Bree Neidhardt of Carey then followed with another 2-run dinger in the 3rd as Carey built out a 4-0 advantage.
The Badgers scored in the bottom of the 4th when Brooke Turlich scampered home on a successful 1st-and-3rd double steal attempt.
Samantha Brooks of SHC fell to 7-12 with the complete-game loss while allowing six hits and four strikeouts and no walks. Kelsey Jo Smith (5-2) was the complete game winner giving up four hits with three strikeouts and no walks.
The Badgers hurt them themselves with errors in the second game as they allowed six unearned runs off six fielding errors.
Carey took a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning following back-to-back RBI doubles by Jeana Erickson and Neidhardt and then built out a 4-1 lead in the 2nd when Erickson delivered a 2-out run-scoring blooper just past the infield dirt behind third base.
Barber mashed another homer with two runners aboard in the 7th inning as Carey took the 8-1 victory and swept the 4-game season series with the Badgers.
Brittany Abate (6-4) went the distance in the loss allowing just two earned runs off 10 hits with three walks and four strikeouts. Carey's Alyssa Boutwell (5-1) lasted four innings before leaving with an injury and allowed just two hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Katie McCrary picked up her second save in three innings of work with one hit, no walks and a strikeout.
At the plate, Turlich had two hits for SHC on the day, including her first homer of the year in the 1st inning of the nightcap. Haley Brown from Satsuma also had two hits for the Badgers.
Carey was led by Barber's three hits with two homeruns and five RBIs, Neidhardt's three hits and three RBIs, and leadoff hitter Tan Montgomery's four hits with four runs scored.
Spring Hill (15-20, 2-6 GCAC) will next host Thomas University (8-27) in a non-conference doubleheader at noon on Saturday, April 10, at Murray Field.