Playing their fifth game in three days, the Spring Hill College baseball team lost both ends of a non-conference doubleheader to Lyon College by the scores of 7-3 and 10-8 at Stan Galle Field on Tuesday afternoon.
In the first game, Lyon (19-5) built out an early 3-0 lead in the 2nd inning off SHC starter Jack Howard (1-2) and expanded the advantage to 4-0 in the 3rd frame before the Badgers answered back with a 3-run 3rd inning that was highlighted by a 2-RBI single up the middle by senior shortstop Ryan Cummings.
The Scots reclaimed a 4-run cushion at 7-3 in the 4th inning when first baseman Bryan Lynn and third baseman Colby Rogers strung together back-to-back RBI singles before the Badgers could stop the bleeding with an inning-ending double play.
Howard lasted four innings and allowed seven runs of which only one was earned as the Badgers committed four errors on the infield. The freshman right-hander gave up seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts.
Colten McSpadden (3-0) was the complete-game winner for the Scots with six hits, three strikeouts and no walks.
The nightcap saw the Badgers fall behind 8-2 after two innings when Lynn capped a 6-run 2nd frame with a 2-out Grand Slam to right field off Spring Hill's Cyrus Beermann.
Spring Hill refused to die quietly, however, and began to whittle away at the Scots' lead in the 4th inning with a 3-run spurt featuring RBI singles by first baseman John Hollingsworth and designated hitter Ryan Stevens to make it an 8-5 contest.
Two more Badger runs came home in the 5th inning when leadoff doubles by catcher Fred Rossi and centerfielder Alex Bumb sparked a rally that made it just an 8-7 Scot lead.
In the 6th inning, Spring Hill tied the game at 8-8 off a 2-out RBI-single by Rossi that plated Stevens.
The Scots scored two runs in the 8th to make it 10-8 with left fielder Will Lindsey providing the go-ahead hit with a 1-out run-scoring single over the head of SHC third baseman Rick LaForce.
With one out in the 8th inning, Spring Hill but two runners on with singles up the middle and to right field, but a pop-out to 3rd base and strikeout ended the Badger threat and the game in favor of the visiting Scots.
Daniel Pitfield (2-1) took the loss in relief going two innings with three hits, no walks and a strikeout.
Kyle Matthews (2-2) came into the game for the win and worked 3.1 innings with five hits, a strikeout and no walks.
At the plate, Hollingsworth collected four hits and a RBI or the Badgers while Stevens also had four hits and two RBI. Cummings also had two hits and two RBI for SHC.
Lynn was an impressive 5-of-8 with 7 RBI and three runs scored for Lyon, Rogers slapped four hits with RBI and Lindsey added three hits and two RBI for the visitors.
The Badgers (9-10, 3-6 SSAC) will face 8th ranked Faulkner University (17-6, 7-2 SSAC) on Friday at 6 p.m. on historic Stan Galle Field.