MOBILE, Ala. - The Spring Hill College and University of Mobile baseball teams split a doubleheader at Rams Field on Friday to open conference play for both squads. The Rams rallied from a late 2-run deficit to take the first game 7-3 while the Badgers used a 7-run 2nd inning to capture the nightcap in an 8-4 result.
In the first match-up, Spring Hill led 3-1 in the bottom of the 4th inning of a seven-inning contest when Badger starting pitcher Casey Adams (2-1) bobbled and then threw away a sacrifice bunt attempt by UM catcher Ryan Waltman, resulting in two runs crossing the plate. The next batter, right fielder Josh Blaylock, lifted a sacrifice fly to right field to plate Waltman and give the Rams a 4-3 advantage.
Mobile added three more runs in the 5th inning with the big hit coming off the bat of designated hitter Sam Mahoney who plated two Rams with a single to right field.
Mahoney was 3-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored for Mobile in the first game and Michael King (3-1) was the complete-game winner on the mound, allowing three runs off nine hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
Adams went the distance in the loss allowing five earned runs off eight hits along with a walk and three strikeouts.
Whereas the first game was a contest of infield play and base running, the second game featured more offensive fireworks. The Badgers jumped out early with a 7-run 2nd inning as they pounded out six hits off UM starter Chris Peacock (2-1) in the frame. The Badgers went to bat 12 times in the inning with seven consecutive hitters reaching base. Shortstop Ryan Cummings delivered a 1-out, 2-RBI double and left fielder Kendell Carvin ripped a 2-RBI single through the left side of the infield with 2 outs to highlight the outburst.
Mobile's Cody Barber lifted a 2-run homerun in the bottom half of the same inning and Blaylock added second 2-run dinger in the 8th, but the Badgers held off three rallies by UM with inning-ending double plays in both the 2nd, 3rd and 8th innings.
Cummings, Chris Foglia and Ben Nicastri each had a pair of hits for SHC as the Badgers racked up 10 hits, including Brad Holstein's third homerun of the season to left in the 7th frame.
Waltman was 3-for-4 for the Rams in Game 2 while Jeremy Williams also collected two hits.
Joe Carter (3-2) was the winner in five innings of work for the Badgers. He allowed seven of the Rams' 12 hits in the game and gave up two walks with a strikeout.
The Badgers (9-7, 1-1 SSAC West) and the Rams (13-6, 1-1 SSAC West) will play the rubber game of this 3-game set on Saturday at 2 p.m.