The Spring Hill College baseball team opened a 3-game set with Thomas University (Ga.) on Friday evening by taking a 10-inning decision over the Night Hawks 8-7 at Stan Galle Field.
After suffering through a 0-for-3 night at the plate, Badger freshman right fielder Chris Foglia proved to be the hero drawing a bases-loaded walk in the 10th to drive in the winning run. Junior centerfielder Wayne Huell scored the run after leading off the frame by crushing a double to deep left-center. Designated hitter Fred Rossi then laced a perfect bunt between third and the mound for an infield hit and first baseman John Hollingsworth loaded the sacks with an intentional walk to set up Foglia.
The Badgers stumbled in the first five innings by allowing five unearned runs off four errors to stake starting pitcher Casey Adams to a 7-2 deficit before senior Alex Summers took over to open the 6th inning.
Spring Hill stormed back with a 2-out rally in the bottom of the 5th to score four runs including a 2-run homerun to left by catcher Brad Holstein to cut the score to 7-6.
In the 8th inning, Spring Hill executed "small ball" to perfection as Huell ripped a single to left field, was moved to second with a sacrifice bunt by Rossi and was then driven home with a game-tying single to left by Hollingsworth.
Five Badgers had two hit performances in the game, but Huell's 3-for-5 outing was the pacesetter and included an RBI and three runs scored.
Stephen Herrington picked up his first win of 2011 in relief with 2.1 innings pitched, two hits, one strikeout and no walks. Herrington entered the game with two outs and the bases loaded in the 8th, but coaxed a fly ball to left to end the threat. He also face runners on second with one out in both the 9th and 10th innings, but pitched himself out the jam both times.
Right fielder Chris Cravotta was 4-for-5 with two RBI for the Night Hawks and Nick Sutton took the loss in four innings of work. Sutton allowed seven hits, two earned runs, three walks and a strikeout.
The Badgers (5-4) will host Thomas (7-4) in a noon doubleheader on Saturday at historic Stan Galle Field.