HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Spring Hill College baseball team lost a conference road doubleheader to the William Carey University Crusaders by the scores of 7-4 and 14-3 at Milton Wheeler Field on Saturday afternoon.
Spring Hill took a 3-0 lead in the 2nd inning when right fielder Alex Summers singled in a run and a 2-out fielding error by the WCU infield off the bat of second baseman Brian Sims resulted in two more Badgers scampering home.
Carey (23-21, 6-9 SSAC West) answered in the bottom of the next two frames with a run-scoring single to center in the 2nd by centerfielder Will White and An RBI-double by catcher Quin Stokes in the 3rd inning.
Pinch runner Matt Fuentes tacked on a run for the Badgers in the 6th when Carey reliever Taylor Martin uncorked a wild pitch with two outs, but even that was not enough to hold back a 5-run rally in the bottom of the same inning to post the Crusaders to a late 7-4 advantage. Javier Ortiz drove in the go-ahead run with a 1-out double off SHC freshman Tyler Hutson.
SHC Game 1 starter Joe Carter went five innings with three runs, eight hits, a walk and two strikeouts while reliever David Dupuy (0-3) picked up the loss and blown save in 1/3 inning with four runs, two hits, a walk and a strikeout.
Carey's Taylor Martin (2-2) picked up the win in relief going 5.2 innings with one run, two hits, no walks and nine strikeouts.
Sims saw his 15-game hitting streak snapped with a 0-4 performance in the first game, but immediately started a new one with a single to left in the 3rd inning of Game 2.
The Crusaders picked were they left off in the previous game when they jumped out to an 8-1 lead after the first four innings of the nightcap.
Stephen Herrington fell to 1-6 on the year with the loss allowing seven hits, two walks and four strikeouts while Belhaven's Cory Williams improved to 4-3 going five innings with six hits, two walks and five strikeouts.
At the plate on the day, shortstop Jordan Prout and catcher Quin Stokes each had four hits with Stokes collecting eight RBI for the Crusaders. Right fielder Javier Castro had five hits including an inside the park homerun in the 8th inning of the second game.
For Spring Hill, right fielder Alex Summers had three hits and three RBI while first baseman Brad Holstein also collected three hits with an RBI.
The Badgers (13-33, 2-13 SSAC West) will nonconference foe LSU Alexandria (10-30) in a 6 p.m. twilight doubleheader on Tuesday at historic Stan Galle Field.