The Spring Hill College baseball team split a conference doubleheader with William Carey University at historic Stan Galle Field on Friday night by falling 4-2 in the opener, but bouncing back to take the nightcap in a 6-1 score.
Behind six strong innings by starter Michael Moch (3-4), who held Carey scoreless through four innings in the second game, the Badgers took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 4th frame off a 2-out double down the right field line by 2nd baseman Brian Sims that plated designated hitter Wayne Huell and centerfielder Andy Robbins.
The Crusaders (21-15, 10-10 SSAC) responded with an unearned run in the 5th inning off Moch, but SHC expanded their advantage to 5-1 in the 6th inning with three runs off three hits highlighted by senior catcher Fred Rossi's 2-out bases-loaded single that drove in Robbins and right fielder Alex Bumb.
Robbins drove in the game's final run for SHC with a single between 1st and 2nd in the 7th inning and freshman Keller Douglas notched his first career save by going three full innings with just one hit, a walk and two strikeouts.
Moch lasted six innings and gave up just four hits with three walks and four strikeouts in the win. For Carey, J.D. Little (3-4) went 5.1 innings and allowed six hits with four walks and five strikeouts.
In the opener, the Crusaders' Kye Wilson (4-2) pitched a complete game and allowed the Badgers just five hits, two walks and six strikeouts while Badger starter Casey Adams (3-4) took a complete-game loss in a 4-2 decision in favor of William Carey. Adams surrendered six hits with five walks and two strikeouts.
The two teams traded runs in each of the first four half innings to find themselves knotted at 2-2 going to the 3rd inning, but WCU designated hitter Quin Stokes lifted a run-scoring double to left-centerfield in the 5th inning to give the Crusaders a 3-2 advantage. Later in the 7th inning, left fielder Daniel Covert ripped an RBI single to right to add the insurance run.
At the plate on the day, Robbins collected three hits and two RBI and 1st baseman Ryan Stevens had three hits with an RBI. Sims, Huell and Bumb each had a pair of hits while Huell scored four runs for Spring Hill.
Badger shortstop Ryan Cummings was hit-by-pitch twice in the second game, setting a new Spring Hill College career record in the category with 46 hit-by-pitches in his 4-year career that surpasses Justin Harrision's 45 HBP set from 2007-2010.
For Carey, Stokes had three hits with an RBI in the twin bill while 2nd baseman Sean Hodges, 1st baseman Jackson Posey and shortstop Ronald Camacho each had two hits.
Spring Hill (16-21, 6-15 SSAC) will travel to Pensacola, Fla., on Tuesday to challenge non-conference foe the University of West Florida at 5 p.m.