MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Spring Hill College softball team split a non-conference doubleheader at Huntingdon College with an 8-7 loss in 11 innings and a 6-5 win on Wednesday afternoon.
Spring Hill scored early in the opening game off a 3-run home run by freshman catcher Jade Bourgeois in the top of the 1st inning, but the Hawks (8-7) answered with a 2-run homer in the bottom half of the frame and tied the game at 3-3 in the 3rd inning.
Huntingdon took a 4-3 lead in the 4th, but the momentum swung back to SHC in the 5th and 6th innings when the Badgers tied the game at 4-4 and then took back the lead at 5-4. Huntingdon knotted the game yet again in the 7th off an unearned run to send the game into extra innings.
After a scoreless 8th inning, SHC scored twice in the 9th off a 2-run homer by freshman third baseman Elise deBruler, but Huntingdon responded in the inning's bottom half with two runs to extend the game to the 10th inning. The Hawks then won the game in the 11th with a successful squeeze play to take the 8-7 decision.
Junior starter Linsey Dickerson (5-5) allowed five hits with eight strikeouts in the complete-game loss. Junior left fielder Mariha Partman and freshman centerfielder Taylor Webre each had two hits for the Badgers.
Freshman hurler Kathryn Ingles (4-3) took to the circle for Game 2 and threw a five-hitter with two walks for the Spring Hill win. Partman turned in a 3-for-3 game that included her second triple of the season.
Senior first baseman Jenny Laird and junior right fielder Katelyn Hinson tallied two hits apiece.
Spring Hill (9-8) will next visit Hattiesburg, Miss., this weekend to play in the William Carey University Invitational starting with a game against Jackson State University (13-11) at 1 p.m. on Friday.