On Wednesday afternoon, the Spring Hill College Badgers took both ends of a non-conference doubleheader from Notre Dame College (Ohio) at Murray Field by scores of 2-0 and 3-2.
In the first game, SHC starter Sam Brooks (1-4) went the distance for the shutout, allowing eight hits with seven strikeouts and no walks.
The Badgers jumped out on top early with a run in the 1st inning when senior Brooke Turlich led off with a double down the left field line and was later brought home from third off a successful sacrifice squeeze bunt by junior Jenny Laird.
Spring Hill struck again in the 3rd inning when left fielder Kayla Moran drove a 1-out triple into the gap in right-center and then scored off a bunt single by shortstop Holli Smith.
The Falcons put runners of the corners with two outs in the 7th frame, but Brooks coaxed a pop out behind first base to seal the win.
The second game turned into another pitcher's battle as Spring Hill's Brittany Fields (2-2) and Notre Dame's Christine Camp went scoreless for the first 3½ innings before the Badgers' Stephanie Fair slammed a double into right-center that scored fleet-footed pinch runner Shakeria Hall all the way from first base.
Fields pitched herself out of several jams during the game as the Falcons put runners in scoring position in every frame except the 1st inning. In the top of the 7th inning, Fields ran out of luck, however, when NDC scored two unearned runs off a double by Charisse Colston and a sacrifice fly by Christine Kasidonis to take a 2-1 lead.
Spring Hill College rallied in the bottom of the 7th to load the bases with two outs and Laird stepping to the plate. The .429 hitting infielder delivered with a scorching line drive single off the glove of the Falcon third baseman that brought in Edgar and Turlich with the tying and winning runs.
Fields allowed seven hits and six walks with two strikeouts in the win.
At the plate, Laird had two hits and three RBI in the twin bill for Spring Hill and Candace Shofar enjoyed a 5-for-7 day for Notre Dame.
SHC (3-6) will face Notre Dame (0-7) again in the opening day of the University of Mobile Classic on Friday at 4 p.m.