The Spring Hill College softball team opened the 2012 season with a sweep of the visiting Talladega College Tornadoes by the scores of 6-0 and 3-0 on Friday afternoon at Murray Field.
In the first game, junior Badger pitcher Linsey Dickerson of Hurley, Miss., allowed just two hits and struck out 14 batters in her Spring Hill debut.
SHC broke the game open in the 2nd inning with back-to-back RBI-doubles by junior leftfielder Mariha Partman of Biloxi, Miss., and freshman second baseman Melanie Alterio of Theodore, Ala., that made it a 4-0 score. Freshman third baseman Elise deBruler of Luling, La., added a run-scoring double to left-center in the 6th inning followed by first senior baseman Jenny Laird's RBI-single past the shortstop that capped the scoring for the Badgers.
Jordan Ray (0-3) took the complete-game loss for Talladega (0-6) and gave up 11 hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
In the second half of the twin bill, Spring Hill took a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning off a sacrifice fly to centerfield by senior right fielder Kayla Moran of Pass Christian, Miss., and expanded the lead in the 4th with an RBI-single to left center by junior designated player Katelyn Hinson of Mobile's Cottage Hill Christian Academy. DeBruler closed out the scoring for SHC in the 5th by beating out with a run-scoring infield single.
Freshman Kathryn Ingles of New Orleans, La., was the winner in her collegiate debut and allowed just five hits with three strikeouts and no walks in the shutout.
Carlie Keenum (0-1) accepted the loss for the Tornadoes giving up 10 hits and a walk with no strikeouts.
At the plate, seven Badgers enjoyed multiple-hit afternoons led by freshman centerfielder Taylor Webre of Luling, La., with four hits and two runs scored along with deBruler's three hits and two RBI.
The Badgers (2-0) will continue their current home stand on Tuesday with a non-conference doubleheader versus Huntingdon College from Montgomery beginning at noon on Murray Field.