The Spring Hill College baseball team jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the 1st inning on Friday afternoon at the University of Mobile, but then saw the Rams rally for four runs in the 4th inning to take a 6-5 victory away from the Badgers.
Spring Hill opened the scoring with a 2-out, 2-run homer by shortstop Ryan Cummings. That blast was followed by two more unearned runs in the frame when Andy McCall scored from second off an errant throw to first by Mobile's Cody Sanderson and the next hitter, SHC designated hitter Kendall Carvin, drove in Blake Nelson with a single.
The Rams answered back with single runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings and then grabbed a 6-4 lead in the 4th inning with a leadoff solo shot out of left field by Travis Williamson followed by a 2-run dinger to left by Cody Barber. Later in the same inning, Brady King would slide home off a grounder to Badger second baseman Bobby Voss whose throw could not beat King to the plate.
In the top of the 5th, the Badgers answered back with a run to cut the deficit to 6-5 when Cummings singled in Voss from 3rd base, but UM pitching and defense held off several Spring Hill scoring opportunities over the final four innings.
At the plate, Cummings' 3-hit and 3-RBI day tied him for the most hits in a single season at SHC with a current total of 79 safeties this year. Cummings is also the NAIA's current leader total hits this year. Carvin added two hits and a RBI to the Badger numbers, as well.
Williamson was 3-for-4 with a RBI for Mobile while King and Brad Sheffield each had two hits for the Rams. Barber had one hit, but collected three RBI.
Chris Peacock was the winner for Mobile in seven innings of work with eight hits, three earned runs, four walks and four strikeouts. John Ladnier came in for the 2-inning save and allowed just one hit with two strikeouts.
Joe Carter (4-3) took the loss going five innings with all six runs, eight hits, four walks and a strikeout. Stephen Herrington closed things out for the Badgers in three innings with one hit and two walks.
Spring Hill (24-20, 13-14 GCAC) and Mobile (19-26, 12-17 GCAC) will wrap up this 3-game set with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday.