The Spring Hill College baseball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader to visiting Emmanuel College by the scores of 6-3 and 1-0 on Saturday at Stan Galle Field
Spring Hill took a quick 1-0 lead over Emmanuel (14-13) in the first inning when catcher Brad Holstein drove in second baseman Brian Sims with a single to left field after Sims led off the frame with a solid double down the left field line.
The Lions answered in the next half inning with three unearned runs that scored after Holstein dropped a third strike and compounded his mistake with a wild throw past first that allowed two runs to score and left the batter, Josh Flippin, standing on third base. Flippin would score two batters later off a sacrifice fly to centerfield.
Emmanuel added three more tallies in the 7th inning when two runners scored following a double to left by Alex Delgado. Delgado would cross the plate off a single by the next batter, designated hitter Mike Granda.
The Badgers rallied in the bottom 7th when a sacrifice fly by right fielder Ben Nicastri made it 6-2 and a wild throw to first base by Flippin allowed shortstop Brian Traina to reach safely while first baseman John Hollingsworth scampered home with two outs. Following a walk to Sims, centerfielder Chris Foglia ripped a single into left that looked to plate a third run in the frame, but Lions' left fielder Jay Flowers ended the game by cutting down Nicastri with a perfect strike to catcher Rudy Alvarez for the tag.
Joe Carter (3-3) took the loss for SHC going six innings with nine hits, two walks and five strikeouts. Mark Shevock improved to 4-2 on the year in 6.1 innings of work with just five hits, one walk and seven strikeouts.
The second game was a classic pitchers' duel as SHC starter Stephen Herrington and Emmanuel's Kasey Hudgins matched each other pitch for pitch. Herrington (1-2) would blink first in the 3rd inning, however, when a throwing error to second base by Badger catcher Fred Rossi during a successful stolen base by EC centerfielder Eric Esquilin later led to an unearned run scoring from third off a groundout to the shortstop.
Herrington took the tough luck loss in eight solid innings of work where he allowed just five hits with a walk and three strikeouts.
Hudgins earned the win in six innings with four hits, a walk and a strikeout. Evan Bowen collected his fourth save of the year with one inning pitched as four Lion pitchers sat down the final 19 Badger batters in order.
At the plate, Ryan Cummings, Kendell Carvin, Rossi and Foglia each had two hits in the twin bill for the Badgers. Second baseman Chris Reynolds collected four hits for Emmanuel with an RBI and a run scored.
The Badgers (10-12) will next host Oklahoma Wesleyan University (12-9) on Monday at Stan Galle Field starting at 5 p.m.