HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Spring Hill College softball team lost both halves of a doubleheader at 2nd-ranked William Carey University by the scores of 5-0 and 10-2 on Monday evening.
The Crusaders (30-1, 2-0 SSAC West) wasted little time as they opened the first game with an infield single, a double to right and a 2-run single to grab a 2-0 lead off SHC senior starter Sam Brooks (5-12) before an out was recorded.
Carey's Anna Ard (15-0) walked the leadoff batter of the game for Spring Hill, but then settled into her groove and sat down the next 20 consecutive hitters before walking a batter with two outs in the 7th inning. Ard struck out 10 Badgers in pocketing the no-hitter.
Brooks allowed eight hits and two walks with one strikeout in the loss.
Centerfielder Tan Montgomery of Carey went 2-for-4 while third baseman Judy Barber and left fielder Shayna Turner each collected a hit and two RBI.
The nightcap saw the Crusaders jumped out 3-0 with a run in the 1st inning and two more tallies in the 2nd off SHC starter junior Brittany Fields (2-10).
Alyssa Boutwell (11-1) for Carey held the Badgers hitless until the top of the 3rd frame when SHC junior left fielder Kayla Thompkins singled over the head of Montgomery in centerfield, but was subsequently cut down trying to leg out a double off a strike from the wall to second base by Montgomery.
Two Badger runs in the 5th inning snapped a 25-inning scoreless streak for Spring Hill.
Boutwell went the distance for Carey and allowed four hits with no walks and six strikeouts while Fields surrendered 11 hits with a walk and a strikeout in four innings of work.
At the plate, Thompkins recorded two hits and two RBI for Spring Hill and four Carey batters enjoyed a 2-hit effort in the second game highlighted by Montgomery's walk-off Grand Slam homer in the 5th inning off Brooks that resulted in an 8-run Mercy Rule ending to the contest.
SHC (7-22, 0-4 SSAC West) will host Faulkner University (16-11, 2-4 SSAC West) in a conference doubleheader this Wednesday at Murray Field with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.