Spring Hill College sophomore Casey Adams pitched a complete-game one-hit shutout over the Tougaloo College Bulldogs on Friday night as the Badgers took a 12-0 victory to open a 3-game weekend set at Stan Galle Field.
Adams took a no-hitter into the final frame before lead off hitter Caleb Brown slapped a single past a diving John Hollingsworth at first base to break up the no-no. Adams (2-0) would still face the minimum number of possible batters, however, when he threw out Brown at home while trying to score off a dropped third strike. Catcher Joe Sykes threw the batter out at first and as Hollingsworth returned the ball to Adams, Brown attempted to sneak in while Sykes was collecting his gear, but was cut down by Adams' throw home to Sykes to end the game.
The Badgers struggled offensively in the first three innings against Tougaloo starter John Alford (0-3), but exploded for 10 runs in the 4th inning off six hits and three errors by the Bulldogs.
Adams finished the day allowing one hit in the 7th inning and one walk in the 1st that that was erased on an unassisted double play by junior shortstop Ryan Cummings. Adams also struck out 10 batters and forced six groundouts.
At the plate, the Badgers were paced by freshman second baseman Brian Sims with two hits and an RBI and junior leftfielder Kendell Carvin who had two hits, two RBI and scored twice. Freshman centerfielder Alex Bumb added a 2-run double to deep left-center during the 4th inning outburst.
The Badgers (6-6) will host Tougaloo (0-9) again in an 11 a.m. doubleheader on Saturday at historic Stan Galle Field.