The Spring Hill College baseball team split a doubleheader at the University of Mobile on Saturday afternoon by losing the first game 7-6 and bouncing back to win the nightcap 19-10. During the first game, Ryan Cummings set a new SHC mark for hits in a season with his 80th hit of 2010 and in the second game Ryan Hall played in his 210th game for the Badgers, earning the record of most games played at Spring Hill.
Mobile (20-27, 13-18 GCAC) rallied for 3 runs in 7th inning of the first game to cap their second consecutive come-from-behind victory over the Badgers in the series. The Rams' Hunter Norris drove in Ben Negus with a walk-off single through the left side off the first pitch of Spring Hill reliever David Dupuy to take the 7-6 victory.
SHC starter Jeff Keenum fell to 2-1 on the year lasting 6.1 innings and allowing seven earned runs off 10 hits, three walks and three strikeouts. Mobile's John Ladnier was the winner in relief with two innings of work with two hits and a strikeout.
All nine batters for the Badgers had one hit each in the first game with Hall driving in two runs. Norris, Nick Laico, Brad Sheffield and Micheal Tedesco all had two hits for the Rams with Laico collecting two RBI.
In the second game, SHC bolted out to a 7-0 advantage before giving up a 4-run 3rd inning to the Rams. Three runs in the 5th by the Badgers followed by a 4-run 8th and a 5-run 9th inning salted away the game as SHC coasted to a 19-10 win.
Cummings had a stellar 5-for-6 outing in Game Two including a double, triple and three RBI. His 85 hits on the year remain atop the NAIA leader board for total hits this season. SHC first baseman Brad Holstein had three hits with two homeruns and five RBI while Justin Harrison and catcher Jeff Fennell each had three hits and two RBI. Bobby Voss Blake Nelson and Kendell Carvin each had two hits as the Badgers racked up 22 hits in the game.
Joe Baumgartner (2-5) was the winner for SHC in 5.2 innings with 10 hits, three earned runs, four walks and one strikeout. Josh Essington collected his third save of the year in 3.1 innings with three earned runs off three hits, three walks and three strikeouts.
Dustin Lee fell to 1-4 for the Rams lasting just 2.2 innings with eight hits, two walks and two strikeouts.
Spring Hill (25-21, 14-15 GCAC) will wrap up the regular season with a 3-game home series versus Loyola University (14-21, 11-18 GCAC) beginning with a single game Friday night a 6 p.m. and concluding with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday. Between games on Saturday, the Badgers will recognize the Senior Class of 2010 with their annual Senior Day ceremonies.