The Spring Hill College baseball team closed out its 2011 conference slate by finishing off a 3-game season sweep of rival Loyola University (La.) in a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon by the scores of 4-3 and 11-1 at historic Stan Galle Field.
In the first game, SHC starter senior Joe Carter (4-6) held the Wolfpack hitless through four innings before a leadoff double in the 5th inning by Loyola's first baseman Evan Turkish was followed by an RBI single by second baseman Brandon Snow.
By that point, however, the Badgers held a 4-1 advantage off an RBI double by catcher Fred Rossi in the 1st inning to go along with a 2-run double by shortstop Brooks Bobinger and an RBI single by first baseman Brad Holstein in the 4th inning.
The Wolfpack (15-36, 5-13 SSAC West) made things interesting with two runs in the 6th inning to make it 4-3 in favor of the Badgers. Loyola would then load the bases with two outs in the 7th before Bobinger was moved to the mound and coaxed a final fly ball to center to end the threat and register his second save of the year.
Carter went six innings with just four hits, four walks and six strikeouts in the win. Rossi and right fielder Alex Summers both had two hits in the opener for the Badgers.
Loyola's Taylor Domengeaux (3-9) took the loss and lasted six innings with seven hits, five walks and three strikeouts.
The second game saw Badger starter Stephen Herrington (2-6) pick up a complete-game victory by going eight innings with seven hits, three walks and five strikeouts as Spring Hill coasted to a 10-run "Mercy Rule" victory in the 8th inning.
Spring Hill pounded out 15 total hits as the Badgers held a 4-0 lead after three innings and a 6-1 advantage after six frames, but a 5-run 8th put the home team over the top for an 11-1 win.
Traina paced the Badger offense in the nightcap with a 4-for-4, 2-RBI outing as second baseman Brian Sims collected three hits and an RBI as well. Holstein, right fielder Alex Summers and left fielder Kendell Carvin each had two hits with Holstein punching a 2-run triple to the corner in right in the 6th inning.
Loyola's Logan Peterson (1-10) took the loss going six innings with 10 hits, two walks and four strikeouts. Catcher Bradley Brunet had two hits for the Wolfpack in Game 2.
The Badgers (17-34, 5-13 SSAC West) will meet nonconference foe Selma University in 3 p.m. doubleheader at Stan Galle Field on Monday to wrap up the 2011 season.