MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Spring Hill College and Auburn University Montgomery (AUM) wrapped up a Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) series on Monday with the Warhawks finishing off the three-game sweep with a 13-6 victory over the Badgers at the AUM Baseball Complex.
Spring Hill cracked the score board first in the 2nd inning when designated hitter Ryan Stevens from Theodore, Ala., led off with a double down the right field line, advanced to 3rd base on a sacrifice bunt by left fielder Kendell Carvin of Mobile's Murphy High School, and then scampered home on a passed ball with two outs.
The 13th-ranked Warhawks (15-8, 7-2 SSAC West) tied the game in the bottom of the frame with one swing of the bat by right fielder Shane Turner who launched a homer over the left field fence. Later in the inning, Warhawk 2nd baseman Jorden Johnson cranked a 2-out Grand Slam to left-center making it 5-1.
AUM would add three more runs in the 4th inning to build out an 8-1 advantage.
Spring Hill answered back with a 4-run outburst with two outs in the 5th inning as centerfielder Alex Bumb drove in two runs with a double to right-center that was followed by a triple down the right field line by shortstop Ryan Cummings of Mobile's McGill-Toolen Catholic High School who then advanced home on a throwing error by the Warhawk infield to make it 8-5 in AUM's favor.
SHC right fielder Wayne Huell picked up an RBI on a ground-out to shortstop in the 8th inning to cut the AUM advantage to 10-6, but the orange and black answered back again with three runs in the next half inning off SHC reliever James Maughn.
Badger starter Nick Schmiemeier (1-3), a junior right hander from St. Louis, Mo., lasted six innings and gave up 12 hits with two walks and six strikeouts.
AUM's Wes Cook (2-1) went six innings, allowing four hits and two walks with 10 strikeouts.
Leading the Warhawks' charge on offense, Turner enjoyed a 4-for-4 day with two RBI while Johnson had two hits and four RBI.
The Badgers (9-8, 3-6 SSAC West) will return home on Tuesday to play a non-conference doubleheader with Lyon College (17-5) beginning at 3 p.m. on historic Stan Galle Field.