The Spring Hill College baseball team closed out the 2010 season at the second day of Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) Tournament with a 14-6 loss to Loyola University at Smith-Wills Stadium on Friday afternoon.
Spring Hill put runners on the corners in the bottom of the 1st inning, but Loyola starter George Smith (2-7) coaxed a double play grounder off the bat of Badger shortstop Ryan Cummings to end the threat.
SHC second baseman Bobby Voss put the Badgers on the board first with an RBI single through the right side in the 3rd inning, but Smith once again worked himself out of a jam with consecutive strikeouts to leave the bases loaded.
Catcher Fred Rossi tacked on a second run for the Badgers in the 4th inning when he tapped a run-scoring grounder to the Wolfpack shortstop, but beat the relay throw to first base on the attempted double play.
Loyola (18-28) scratched out a run in the top of the 5th inning with a single up the middle by Taylor Domengeaux that plated Caleb Templet and then took a 3-2 lead when Bradley Brunet belted a 2-RBI double to deep left-center two batters later.
Badger starter Joe Carter (4-4) allowed two more run-scoring singles in the frame before being relieved by Nick Clapper, who was greeted by a double down the right field line and a single through the left side that both scored runs for Loyola. By the end of the inning, Loyola had built 9-2 advantage off seven hits.
Brad Holstein launched his 14th homerun of the year for Spring Hill in the bottom of the 5th inning with a 2-run shot to left field and cut the deficit to 9-4 and in the 6th centerfielder Justin Harrison drove in another run for SHC with a double to center.
Ryan Scott lifted a 2-run homer to left-center in the 7th as the Wolfpack's lead grew to 11-5. John Hollingsworth smashed a solo shot to left for his first homer of the year in the 9th for the Badgers.
Carter allowed seven hits, a walk and no strikeouts over 4.1 innings in the loss while Smith lasted five innings with eight hits, three walks and five strikeouts. Joey Padjares took his first save of the season for Loyola with four innings of work and two hits with no walks and no strikeouts.
At the plate, Voss and Harrison each finished with two hits and an RBI for the Badgers while Loyola saw four batters have multiple-hit days. Brooks McMinn and David McChesney each had three hits, Scott recorded three hits with five RBI, and Chris May had two hits and an RBI.
Spring Hill finished with an overall record of 26-24 for their first winning season since 2005.