Spring Hill College's baseball team swept a non-conference doubleheader from the Southeastern University (Fla.) Fire at historic Stan Galle Field on Saturday afternoon by the scores of 4-2 and 3-0.
In the first game, the Badgers jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning off SEU's Justin Mauldin (0-1) with an RBI double by shortstop Ryan Cummings followed by left fielder Kendell Carvin's run scoring single with two outs.
SEU (0-2) answered in the 3rd inning with two unearned runs following a single by the Fire's William Glessner that bounded under the glove of Badger centerfielder Chris Foglia to score a runner from first base and leave Glessner at third base. Glessner would then score later in the frame off a groundout to Cummings.
The Badgers responded in the bottom half of the same inning when another Cummings double resulted in runners at second and third with no outs. Catcher Brad Holstein's grounder to third base picked up the fourth SHC run of the day, but the Fire's Mauldin closed the inning with a bases-loaded 1-2-3 double play.
Casey Adams (1-0) was the winner for Spring Hill going five complete innings with six hits, five walks and six strikeouts. Adams found himself with runners in scoring position with less than two outs in all five innings but managed to pitch out of trouble four of the five times. Stephen Herrington picked up his first save of the year with two hits, two walks and two strikeouts in two innings of work.
The nightcap turned into a pitcher's duel as neither Joe Carter nor the Fire's Dimitri Nunez (0-1) allowed an earned run until SHC exploded for four hits and three unearned runs in the 3rd inning.
Nunez lasted five innings and only struggled in the 3rd frame when the Badger's right fielder Wayne Huell slapped a bounder to SEU shortstop Vinny Caesar who pulled the first baseman off the bag with his throw. Huell was safe on the play as the attempted tag resulted in the ball coming free from Kyle Petrick's glove. Spring Hill then rallied for four consecutive 2-out singles with RBIs by Carvin, catcher Fred Rossi and designated hitter Robert Boudreaux.
Carter (1-1) was the complete-game shutout winner, facing the minimum through four innings and ending the day allowing just three hits with no walks and a strikeout.
On the day, Cummings was a solid 3-for-4 with an RBI to rebound from a tough 1-for-12 outing last weekend at Thomas University. Carvin was 4-for-6 with two RBI, Rossi was 2-for-6 with a run driven in and Boudreaux had two hits with an RBI.
The Badgers (2-3) will travel to Pensacola on Wednesday to face the University of West Florida in a single game against the NCAA Division 2 opponent beginning at 4 p.m.