HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The Spring Hill College softball team opened the William Carey University Invitational on Friday afternoon by suffering a 4-3 loss to NCAA Division I opponent Jackson State University followed by another 4-3 downturn in eight innings to 17th-ranked Union University.
In the first game, JSU (14-14) starter Jasmine Warren (3-4) led 2-0 and held Spring Hill hitless through 5.1 innings before giving up a triple to Badger left fielder Mariha Partman that sparked a 3-run Spring Hill rally in the 6th inning.
Badger starter Linsey Dickerson (5-7) could not hold the Tigers at bay, however, and surrendered two runs off four hits in the top of the 7th frame as JSU took the 4-3 win.
Dickerson allowed 10 hits with a walk and three strikeouts in the loss while Warren gave up two hits with two walks and three strikeouts in the victory.
Against Union (20-4), the Badger took a 3-0 lead in the 3rd inning highlighted by a 2-run single to shallow right with 2 outs by freshman 3rd baseman Elise deBruler.
Union rallied to tie the score in the bottom of the 4th inning when centerfielder DeShuni Sanders drove in the two tying runs with a single to right-centerfield.
In the 8th inning, Union shortstop Sam Giesler drove a run-scoring double into deep left field to plate the winning run from 2nd base with one out.
Dickerson took her second complete-game loss of the day for Spring Hill and allowed 10 hits with two walks and a strikeout. Union's Kelly Robey (9-1) was the winner in relief and went 5.1 innings, allowing five hits with a walk and eight strikeouts.
At the plate for the Badgers, Partman had three hits on the day while deBruler collected four hits with an RBI.
Spring Hill (9-10) will remain in Hattiesburg on Saturday for the tournament's second day beginning with a game against Oklahoma Baptist University (12-11) at 9 a.m.