COLUMBUS, Ga. – After suffering two disappointing losses in Day 1 of the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Divisional Crossover Tournament at the South Commons Softball Complex, the Spring Hill College softball team bounced back to carry both of their games on Day 2 with a 6-1 win over Brewton-Parker College and a 5-0 victory over Truett-McConnell College on Friday.
Against Brewton-Parker College (20-14, 4-7 SSAC East), the Badgers jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the 1st inning when freshman shortstop Jade Bourgeois drove a 3-run homerun over the left field fence.
Spring Hill added a fourth run in the 6th inning and capped the game in the 7th with a 2-run homerun by freshman 3rd baseman Elise deBruler.
Junior starter Linsey Dickerson (7-9) went the distance in the win and allowed just one unearned run off three hits, a walk and a strikeout. Amber May (3-1) took the loss for BPC with seven hits allowed, three walks and six strikeouts.
The second game against Truett-McConnell College (5-21, 1-11 SSAC East) started much like the first contest when SHC built an early 3-0 cushion in the 1st inning, but this time it was deBruler's 3-run blast to left that did the damage.
SHC expanded the lead to 5-0 in the 3rd inning off a run-scoring infield error by TMC and an RBI double by senior catcher Jenny Laird.
A 2-hour lightening delay interrupted play in the bottom of the 5th inning, but SHC freshman starter Kathryn Ingles (5-5) took the delay in stride, finishing her second shutout of the year with three hits, no walks and five strikeouts.
Evann Todd (0-4) took the loss for TMC in just one inning of work with two hits, two walks and no strikeouts.
At the plate for the Badgers, deBruler finished with two hits and five RBI on the day while Laird notched three hits with a run-driven and Bourgeois slapped three hits with three RBI.
Spring Hill (12-14, 2-2 SSAC West) will wrap-up play in the three-day event on Saturday with Southern Wesleyan University (9-23, 3-11 SSAC East) at 10 a.m. followed by a game with 16-th ranked Lee University (31-7, 10-3 SSAC East) at 12 p.m. and 8th-ranked Brenau University (23-8, 10-4 SSAC East) at 4 p.m.