The Spring Hill College baseball team took both ends of a non-conference doubleheader over Tougaloo College at Stan Galle Field on Tuesday night by the scores of 4-3 and 5-3.
The Badgers jumped out to a 4-0 lead over the Bulldogs (4-30) in the 1st inning and held on for a 4-3 win as Tougaloo rallied for two runs in the 6th and a run in the 7th inning. SHC reliever Tyler Hutson came in with no outs and runners at 1st and 3rd and recorded his first save of the season off a ground ball back to the mound, a strikeout and a fly ball to left field.
Badger starter David Dupuy moved to 1-1 on the year in six innings with six hits, a walk and three strikeouts. Tougaloo's A.J. Sanders (1-5) took the loss without getting an out in the 1st inning off one hit and three walks while Bradley Simpson went six innings and allowed just one hit with two walks and two strikeouts.
In the nightcap, SHC took a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning off a sacrifice fly to left by 2nd baseman Brian Sims. The Badgers expanded the lead to 3-0 with two runs in the 3rd inning via an RBI triple to centerfield by shortstop Ryan Cummings that was followed up with a run-scoring grounder to 3rd base by catcher Ryan Stevens.
A sacrifice fly by designated hitter Robert Boudreaux made it a 4-0 Spring Hill advantage after four innings, but Tougaloo scored twice in the 6th inning off an RBI triple by centerfielder Rodney McKay and an RBI groundout by 3rd baseman Logan Smith.
Badger centerfielder Andy Robbins lifted a sacrifice fly to right field in the bottom of the 6th inning to make it a 5-2 SHC cushion as Badger closer Jack Howard came in for the final frame and allowed a run off two hits, but recorded his second save of the year with a game-ending double play grounder to Sims.
Badger starter Cyrus Beermann (2-0) went six innings and allowed five hits, no earned runs, four strikeouts and no walks in the win. Kevin Hastings (1-3) allowed seven hits in 5.2 innings of work and walked two Badgers with three strikeouts.
At the plate, SHC right fielder Wayne Huell, Sims and Boudreaux each had two hits on the day while Tougaloo was paced by 1st baseman Donnie Norwood who had three hits and shortstop Dustin Porter, right fielder Derell McLemore and McKay each had a pair of hits in the twin bill for Tougaloo.
Spring Hill (15-19, 5-13 SSAC) will host the William Carey University Crusaders (19-14, 8-9 SSAC) at Stan Galle Field in a conference three-game series beginning with a single game on Friday at 6 p.m. and concluding on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.