The Spring Hill College baseball team split a home doubleheader with visiting conference foe Loyola University by taking the first game in the score of 9-6 and before falling 6-4 in the nightcap on Friday evening at historic Stan Galle Field.
Spring Hill took an early 2-0 lead in the first game off a 2-run homer by Bobby Voss in the 1st inning only to see Loyola (15-22, 12-19 GCAC) bounce back with two runs in the top of the 2nd.
Brad Holstein gave SHC back the lead with a 2-run blast over the left field wall in the 3rd inning as the Badgers rebuilt a 5-3 advantage. A 3-run 4th inning capped by a 2-run single by Kevin Fontenot put the Wolfpack back on top 6-5, but Spring Hill's Voss came through again in the bottom of the frame with a run-scoring single to left.
SHC salted the game away in the 6th inning with three runs when Loyola elected to intentionally walk Holstein to face Ryan Cummings with two outs and the bases loaded. The NAIA's leading hitter came through in the clutch with a 2-run single to center and Andy McCall followed with an RBI single that plated Holstein.
Jeff Keenum (3-1) was the SHC winner in relief with three innings pitched, no hits, no walks and two strikeouts. Carl Labit (2-5) took the loss in 2.2 innings of work with four hits, a walk and no strikeouts.
The leading hitter for the Badgers was Voss with three hits and four RBI whil McCall and Cummings each had two hits and Ryan Hall was 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Caleb Templet had two hits with a double for the Wolfpack.
The second game saw Loyola build out a 4-0 lead before the Badgers' Pat O'Malley made the score 4-2 with a 2-run homer to right field in the bottom of the 3rd.
Loyola scratched out runs in the 4th and 7th innings to make it a 6-2 game, but SHC answered with two outs in the bottom of the 7th when Loyola's third baseman Lucas Wendt threw the final out past first base allowing two unearned runs to scamper home. A routine grounder to second base two batters later ended the game and the SHC rally.
Taylor Domengeaux (5-2) was the Wolfpack's complete-game winner, scattering five hits with one walk and seven strikeouts. SHC starter Mike Scanio (4-1) went two innings with seven hits and no walks and no strikeouts.
Five hitters collected two hits for the Wolfpack as Loyola roughed up four Badger pitchers for 11 total hits.
Spring Hill (26-22, 15-16 GCAC) will next play at the 2010 GCAC Tournament in Ridgeland, Miss., at Smith-Wills Stadium on May 5-10.