The Spring Hill College softball team split a pair of games to open the first day of the 2010 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Softball Tournament by blasting Dillard University 16-1 to open the festivities and then bowing to 5th-ranked Belhaven University 4-0 in the second game.
Shortstop Monica Zeringue of SHC opened the game with a leadoff inside-the-park homerun to right-center and things only got worse for the 5th-seeded Lady Bleu Devils (2-25) from there.
The 4th-seeded Badgers blew the game open with a 12-run 3rd inning that featured nine hits by Spring Hill and four errors by Dillard.
All told, the Badger racked up 16 hits and were led by Zeringue's 3-for-4 and three RBI outing. Brooke Turlich and Mallory Sullivan also added three hits apiece and an RBI while Halley Brown, Brittany Abate and Lindsey Taylor each had two hits and an RBI. Dillard's Jaquita Williams had a run-scoring single through the right side of the infield in the 4th inning.
On the rubber, Brittany Abate moved to 9-4 on the season with the complete-game victory and scattered four hits with one walk and seven strikeouts. Brittany Collura (0-12) took the loss in three innings of work giving up eight earned runs off 15 hits, two walks and no strikeouts.
In the second game, the No. 1 seeded Belhaven Blazers climbed out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 2nd inning off two unearned runs when Katie Sanders singled to center to drive in two runners who had both reached base via Badger errors.
The Blazers (49-6) added a third run in the 3rd frame off an RBI double by Tiffany Ansley and then capped the scoring with a final run in the 5th inning.
Christina Jaques had two of Belhaven's seven hits while SHC managed just two hits against Blazer pitching.
Sam Brooks (9-19) took the complete-game loss for SHC with seven hits, two walks and two strikeouts. Sarah Burns (25-3) was the winner in six innings of work with two hits one walk and five strikeouts.
Spring Hill (21-28) will meet the 23rd-ranked University of Mobile Lady Rams (33-18) at 10 a.m. on Friday in an elimination game.