HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Spring Hill College softball team fell to Union University (Tenn.) 1-0 to start the day, but rebounded to take a 7-5 victory over William Woods University at the opening day of the William Carey Invitational on Friday.
In the first game, 24th-ranked Union (14-4) scored in the 1st inning off a double to centerfield by first baseman Stephanie Saunders, but after that tally both pitchers assumed control and mowed through the remaining frames.
Sam Brooks (4-10) of Spring Hill allowed just four hits with a walk and a strikeout while Joy Tobie (2-0) was the winner for Union in a combined shutout with Brooke Thomas. Together Union pitching gave up just two hits with four walks and seven strikeouts.
In the second game, SHC jumped out to a 3-0 lead after 1½ innings, but William Woods (12-6) rallied to tie the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the 5th off an unearned run.
Spring Hill was not to be denied, however, and responded to take the lead back in the next half inning when first baseman Jenny Laird laid down a sacrifice squeeze bunt that plated left fielder Kayla Moran.
Sam Brooks picked up the win in relief for the Badgers and third baseman Stephanie Fair collected two hits with an RBI. Designated player Brooke Turich had a triple with an RBI and scored twice.
SHC (6-17) will remain in Hattiesburg on Saturday for the second day of competition at the William Carey Invitational beginning with a rematch versus Union at 12 p.m. and concluding with a 4:30 match-up with LSU-Alexandria (5-17).