The Spring Hill College baseball team split a conference doubleheader with 23rd-ranked Belhaven University on Saturday afternoon at Stan Galle Field by dropping the first game 11-6, but then storming back to score three runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to win the nightcap 8-7.
In the second game, the Badgers trailed the Blazers (32-12, 9-6 SSAC West) 7-5 with two outs and two runners on base in the 9th frame when second baseman Brian Sims loaded the bases with a walk following a full count and centerfielder Chris Foglia then ripped a single up the middle to score the tying runs from second and third while moving Sims to third base.
Pinch hitter Robert Boudreaux then stepped to the plate for the first time all day and ended the contest with a crisp RBI single to left-center.
Spring Hill entered the 8th inning down 6-2, but scored three runs to pull within 6-5. The big hit of that outburst came off the bat of third baseman Brooks Bobinger who drove in a run with a single to right field.
James Maughn moved to 4-3 on the year for SHC with the win in relief while starter Stephen Herrington went 5.1 innings and allowed three earned runs off six hits, four walks and five strikeouts.
Josh Clarke (4-2) took the loss and the blown save in 1.2 innings with four hits, two walks and two strikeouts.
At the plate the Badgers were led by left fielder Kendell Carvin with two hits and an RBI including a 5th inning double.
Belhaven's shortstop Lake Eiland had two doubles and four RBI while his teammate catcher Derek Tortorich was 2-for-3.
In the first game, Belhaven scored four runs in the 1st inning off SHC starter Joe Carter (3-6), but the Badgers responded with three runs off BU starter Brett Blaise (6-1).
A 5-run 6th inning for the Blazers made the score 11-4 in favor of the visitors from Jackson, Miss., as the Badgers rallied for two runs in the bottom of the 6th off a 2-run single by Sims, but could pull no closer.
Catcher Fred Rossi, Carter, Carvin and Sims each had two hits in the opener for SHC and first baseman Ryan Saunders and Eiland each had three hits for the Blazers. Saunders also launched a solo homer to right-center to leadoff the Belhaven half of the 2nd inning.
Carter went five full innings in the loss allowing 11 hits and a walk with no strikeouts. Blaise also worked five full innings with seven hits, no walks and four strikeouts for Belhaven.
Sims stretched his current hitting streak to 12 games with hits in both games for the Badgers.
The Badgers (13-28, 2-10 SSAC West) will travel to Selma, Ala., on Tuesday to face Selma University in doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.