The Spring Hill College softball team bounced back from a 1-0 extra inning loss in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader with 2nd-ranked William Carey University to stun the Lady Crusaders with a 6-4 conference upset at Murray Field.
Senior Sam Brooks (7-17) of Belle Chasse, La., pitched both ends of the twin bill and allowed 13 hits in the nightcap, but four fielding errors by the Crusaders let five unearned runs across the plate for Spring Hill.
Carey jumped out 1-0 in the 1st inning when third baseman Judy Barber single in centerfielder Tan Montgomery from second base, but the Badgers rallied for four runs in the 3rd inning keyed by three hits and a 2-out error on the Crusader infield that allowed two Badger runners to scamper home and staked the home team to a 4-1 advantage.
The Crusaders (42-3, 10-2 SSAC West) responded with two runs in the 5th frame off a 2-run single by shortstop Jeana Erickson to make it a 4-3 score, but SHC was not cowed and came right back in the bottom of the 5th with two runs off Carey starter Alyssa Boutwell (15-3) to go up 6-3.
A solo homer to center by Barber to leadoff the 7th made it 6-4, but Brooks closed out the frame with her defense cutting down a runner attempting to stretch a right field single into a double, a strikeout and a pop up to second base.
Brooks went the full seven in Game 2 and scattered 13 hits with a walk and two strikeouts while Boutwell for WCU lasted four innings with four hits, a walk and four strikeouts.
Montgomery was 3-for-4 for Carey in the second game while Barber, Erickson and catcher Anna Lauren Fontenot each collected two hits.
In the first game Brooks and WCU starter Anna Ard (22-0) went toe-to-toe for eight innings before the Crusaders scored in the top of the 9th off a 2-out infield error by the Badgers.
Brooks allowed just five hits with two walks and four strikeouts while Ard gave up two hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts.
At first base for the Crusaders, Shana Gunter was 2-for-4 with a run scored and led off the 9th with a double down the leftfield line that sparked the Crusader rally.
SHC (9-28, 2-10 SSAC West) will host 12th-ranked Belhaven University (34-8, 8-6 SSAC West) in a conference doubleheader this Thursday at Murray Field with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. Before the games, the Badgers will celebrate Senior Day 2011 in recognition of this year's three senior players.