JACKSON, Miss. – The Spring Hill College baseball team was swept by 15th-ranked Belhaven University in a conference doubleheader by the scores of 12-3 and 9-0 at Smith-Wills Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
In the opening game, the Blazers (25-12, 10-8 SSAC) built a 6-2 lead after three innings on their way to a 12-3 victory over the Badgers.
Spring Hill right fielder Wayne Huell had two doubles and shortstop Ryan Cummings collected two hits and two RBI for the visitors. Michael Moch fell to 2-4 on the year with the loss and allowed 10 hits and a walk with three strikeouts.
For Belhaven, four Blazers enjoyed multiple hits, paced by centerfielder Tyler Wrinkle who was 4-for-4 with two RBI and left fielder Anthony Doss who lifted a 3-run homer in the bottom of the 6th inning off SHC reliever Daniel Pitfield.
Brett Blaise (4-1) went the distance in the victory with five hits, four walks and six strikeouts.
The nightcap saw the Blazers take a 1-0 lead with an unearned run off SHC starter Nick Schmiemeier (1-5) in the 2nd inning.
Schmiemeier would walk in two more Blazer runs in the bottom of the 5th as Belhaven built a 3-0 advantage. Belhaven made it a 5-0 cushion in the 6th after a successfully executed sacrifice squeeze by right fielder Tom Wertz. Two batters later, 1st baseman Jamie Bruno crushed a 3-run homer out of centerfield to extend the lead to 8-0 and subsequently end the day for Schmiemeier, who lasted 5.2 innings with seven hits, five walks and five strikeouts.
Belhaven's Geoffrey Thomas (3-3) held the Badgers hitless through four innings before Badger left fielder Kendell Carvin beat out an infield hit with one out in the 5th inning. Thomas would earn the complete-game shutout with just two infield hits, two walks and five strikeouts
Wrinkle added two more hits and an RBI to his day's totals while 3rd baseman Dillon Berry also netted two hits for the Blazers.
Spring Hill (13-18, 5-13 SSAC) will host the University of New Orleans Privateers (9-10) at historic Stan Galle Field in a non-conference game beginning at 6 p.m. on Monday.