The Spring Hill College softball team lost two nail-biters to the Huntingdon College Hawks by the identical scores of 2-1 and 2-1 at Murray Field on Tuesday afternoon.
In the first game, Badger starter junior Linsey Dickerson (1-1) went the distance and allowed just six hits with a walk and a strikeout, but one of those hits was a solo homer by Hawk catcher Brittany Richardson in the 1st inning.
SHC tied the game in the 5th inning when freshman 3rd baseman Elise deBruler drew a no-outs bases-loaded hit-by-pitch. Spring Hill would squander the opportunity to take the lead, however, with a foul pop-out followed by consecutive grounders back to the pitcher.
The Hawks tacked on the winning run in the 6th when centerfielder Jenna Rimensnyder executed a picture perfect squeeze bunt that brought in shortstop Aleah Payne from 3rd base sliding under the tag by Badger catcher freshman Jade Bourgeois.
Bree Giordana was the complete-game winner for Huntingdon scattering five hits with three walks and four strikeouts.
The second game was tied at 1-1 after one inning following a run by HC off a wild pitch that scored 2nd baseman Brittany Richardson from 3rd base and a Badger run scored off an RBI bunt single by 1st baseman senior Jenny Laird.
Huntingdon once again took the 2-1 lead in the 2nd inning when Rimensnyder moved all the way from 1st to 3rd off a sacrifice-bunt-and-run then subsequently scampered home when the Badger throw from 1st hopped into the left field foul territory.
From there it was a pitchers' duel as Spring Hill's Kathryn Ingles and Huntingdon's Anna Stephens matched each other out-for-out until the bottom of the 7th inning when the Badgers loaded the bases with two outs off a single to left-center by freshman shortstop Shea Blanchard, a wild Hawk throw to 1st base and walk by freshman 2nd baseman Melanie Alterio. HC reliever Melissa McClure then saved the game with a fly ball out to shallow left center caught by Richardson.
Ingles (1-1) took the loss and allowed only three hits with a walk and three strikeouts while the Hawks' Stephens allowed five hits and three walks with a strikeout in the win.
At the plate, Laird had two hits and an RBI for SHC while right fielder Katelyn Hinson was 3-for-3 in Game 2 and Blanchard had a hit in both games.
For Huntingdon, Richardson had three hits including the homerun and Payne had three hits on the day including a double and a triple in Game 1.
The Badgers (2-2) will continue their current home stand on Wednesday with a non-conference doubleheader versus the Concordia University (Mich.) Cardinals beginning at noon on Murray Field.