The Spring Hill College baseball team reached a split decision in a non-conference doubleheader with the Blue Mountain College Toppers at historic Stan Galle Field on Saturday afternoon by winning the first game 6-4 before dropping the nightcap 6-4.
Spring Hill and BMC matched each other run-for-run in the first 2½ innings as the Toppers (3-4) held a 3-2 lead going into the bottom of the 3rd inning where the Badgers exploded for four runs highlighted by a 2-run double by first baseman John Hollingsworth of Daphne, Ala.
Daniel Pitfield (1-0) of Mandeville, La., took the win and allowed seven hits and a walk with one strikeout in four innings of work while Jack Howard earned his first save of the season in three innings with just one hit, a walk and four strikeouts.
Blake Jolly fell to 1-2 on the year for BMC with the complete game loss. Jolly gave up seven hits, four earned runs and no walks with four strikeouts.
In the second game, the Badgers grabbed a quick 4-0 lead after two innings, but couldn't hold down the Toppers who rallied to notch 2-run frames in the 4th, 5th and 7th innings to pull out the victory.
In the 5th inning, back-to-back run-scoring doubles by the Toppers' left fielder Seth Kennedy and shortstop Dalton Kulas tied the game while Nate Bell put BMC ahead in the 7th with a 2-out, RBI single to centerfield off Badger reliever David Dupuy (0-1) of Mobile.
Hunter Mize (1-0) was the winner for Blue Mountain allowing six hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in six innings. Kulas moved from shortstop to the mound in the 7th inning to earn the save.
For the day at the plate for SHC, Hollingsworth had three hits and three RBI, second baseman Brian Sims collected three hits with a double and an RBI, and shortstop Ryan Cummings had two hits and two RBI.
Kennedy had four hits, four runs scored and two RBI for BMC while Kulas had three hits with two RBI and Bell collected four hits and two RBI.
Spring Hill (3-2) will open the 2012 conference slate on Friday when they host archrivals the University of Mobile Rams (2-1) at Stan Galle Field beginning at 4 p.m.