The Spring Hill College softball team dropped the first game of a doubleheader at Birmingham-Southern College by a score of 8-0 in six innings before bouncing back to take a 5-0 victory in the second game on Wednesday evening.
In the opener, BSC starter Ronni Ferris (12-4) limited the Badgers to just three hits in the shutout win and helped her own cause at the plate with a 2-for-3 outing including an RBI double to left-center that started a 5-run 5th inning for the Panthers (22-8).
Sam Brooks (9-15) took the loss in four innings of work for SHC and allowed six earned runs off eight hits with two walks and a strikeout. Badger shortstop Monica Zeringue had all three hits for Spring Hill.
Misha Aldridge tallied two hits for the Panthers including a 3-run blast over the right field fence in the 5th frame off reliever Lauren Crane and Ashley Bice was 2-for-3 with three RBI.
In the nightcap, the Badgers got on the board in the 1st inning when right fielder Ersy Pacheco ripped a single past the shortstop to drive in Jessica Edgar from 3rd base. Then with SHC up 2-0 in the 2nd inning, catcher Brooke Turlich singled to the right side to plate Zeringue for a 3-0 Badger advantage.
Turlich would add a fourth Badger run in the 4th inning with a sacrifice fly to centerfield and Zeringue provided a fifth run in the 6th with a run-scoring double to left field.
All told, the Badgers pounded out 13 hits in the second game with Edgar collecting three hits and Pacheco, Zeringue, Lindsey Taylor and Katelyn Hinson each adding two hits each.
Brittany Abate (7-3) allowed just five hits with two walks and a strikeout in the win while Tori Harris (5-3) lasted just two innings with six hits and a walk for the Panthers. Aldridge had two hits for BSC.
Spring Hill (18-23, 3-7 GCAC) will host the University of Mobile (29-16, 8-4 GCAC) in a conference doubleheader at noon on Sunday at Murray Field. Before the games, the Badgers will celebrate Senior Day 2010 with a special recognition ceremony for their two senior players, Brittany Abate and Lindsey Taylor.