The Spring Hill College baseball team split a conference doubleheader with No. 15 Belhaven University on Saturday afternoon at Stan Galle Field, dropping the first game 17-8 and rebounding in the nightcap for a 12-0 victory.
In the first game, Spring Hill held a 4-2 advantage over the Blazers (29-11, 19-6 GCAC) after two innings, but allowed Belhaven to score seven times with two outs in the 3rd frame off four hits, four walks and two hit batters.
The Badgers rallied for three runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning capped by Kendell Carvin's 2-run triple to deep right-center to cut the deficit to 9-7. Two more Blazer runs in the 4th inning, followed by 3-run 6th and 7th innings, however, effectively snuffed out any hopes of a SHC comeback.
Paul Faulkenberry (5-1) was the winner for BU with 4.0 innings pitched and allowing eight earned runs off 11 hits with no walks and a strikeout. Golden Grasse took home the save with three innings of hitless work with no walks and three strikeouts.
Joe Baumgartner (1-5) accepted the loss for SHC giving up nine earned runs off seven hits, five walks and two strikeouts in 2.2 innings.
Carvin led the Badgers on offense with two hits and two RBI while Justin Harrison also collected two hits and an RBI. Badgers shortstop Ryan Cummings, the NAIA's total hits leader, continued his hot season with two hits including a leadoff double in the 5th inning.
Five Blazers enjoyed multiple-hit outings in Game One as Craig Dean was 4-for-4 with four runs scored and two RBI and catcher Derek Tortorich blasted the Badgers with two homers and three RBI.
The second game was a completely different story with the Badgers jumping out early on BU starter Riley Galloway (1-4). SHC scored four runs in the 2nd and seven runs in the 3rd to take a commanding 12-0 lead and never looked back until the game was called after seven innings on the 10-run Mercy Rule.
Cummings added three more hits with three RBI to his days work while Joe Carter (4-2) went the distance on the mound. Carter scattered five hits and three walks with three strikeouts for his second shutout of the year.
Spring Hill (24-18, 13-13 GCAC) travels to non-conference rival Auburn University Montgomery (23-17) for a 5 p.m. game on Tuesday.