THOMASVILLE, Ga. - Spring Hill College's baseball team was swept in a non-conference road doubleheader at Thomas University (Ga.) on Sunday afternoon, falling by identical scores of 6-3 in both games.
In the first game, senior catcher Brad Holstein opened the scoring for SHC with a 1st inning sacrifice fly to right-center that plated freshman Brooks Bobinger.
Freshman Chris Foglia picked up an RBI single in the second that drove in sophomore John Hollingsworth from second base to make it 2-0 in favor of the Badgers.
Thomas answered with a run in the bottom of the 2nd inning, but Spring Hill responded with a Wayne Huell double that scored Jeff Johnston in the 3rd inning.
The Night Hawks (3-0) rallied to take a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the frame, however, when Badger starter Joe Carter (0-1) surrendered three consecutive run-scoring singles with two outs before centerfielder Foglia ended the frame by gunning down a runner at home plate attempting to score from second base.
A sacrifice fly for Thomas in the 5th inning made it a 5-3 deficit for the Badgers.
Trailing 6-3 in the top of the 7th inning, the Badgers loaded the bases with two outs off consecutive singles by outfielders Huell, Kendell Carvin and designated hitter Fred Rossi before TU reliever Sean Medlin ended the game with one pitch by coaxing Hollingsworth into a grounder to second base.
Carter allowed four hits with three walks and five strikeouts over his five innings of work for Spring Hill while Huell and Bobinger both collected two Badger hits.
The nightcap saw Thomas open the scoring with a sac flies in both the 1st and 2nd innings off SHC starter James Maughn (0-1) to take an early 2-0 lead. In the third, Maughn allowed an RBI single that he followed with a run-scoring wild pitch to give Thomas a 4-0 advantage.
Following a 5-walk and 2-strikeout performance, Maughn's day came to a close in the 4th following a walk, a run-scoring double and a hit batter to open the inning.
The Badgers broke into the runs column by loading the bases with no outs in the 5th inning and picking up an RBI groundout to second by pinch hitter Rick LaForce. Consecutive wild pitches by Thomas reliever Rob Strecker added two more runs to the Spring Hill total to make the score 6-3 with two innings left to play.
Spring Hill brought the tying run to the plate with one out in the 7th frame, but a grounder to second and a strikeout ended the threat.
Thomas used six pitchers to limit the Badger batters to six hits over the seven inning second game.
The Badgers (0-3) will host Southeastern University (Fla.) at Stan Galle Field in a 3-game non-conference series this weekend beginning with a doubleheader at 3 p.m. on Friday and a single game on Saturday at noon.