The Spring Hill College softball team split outcomes in a conference doubleheader at the University of Mobile on Wednesday afternoon by taking the first game 5-4 in extra innings before falling 7-2 in the nightcap.
The first game suffered an hour and a half delay to its start as one of the game officials failed to arrive, but once the action started the Badgers showed that they came to play. SHC starter Linsey Dickerson (9-12) shut down the 23rd-ranked Lady Rams (24-10, 6-7 SSAC West) for the first two innings and did not surrender a hit until two outs were gone in the 3rd inning.
SHC took a 2-0 lead in the 4th inning when freshman shortstop Shea Blanchard launched a line drive homer over the left field fence for her third dinger of the season.
Mobile answered in the bottom of the 4th by knotting the game at 2-2 and taking a 3-2 lead in the 5th, but the Badgers fought back in the 6th when left fielder Mariha Partman drove in the tying run with a single off the leg of Ram starter Alli Hall and 1st baseman Jenny Laird watched ball four with the bases loaded to force in the go-ahead run with two outs.
With two outs and a 1-ball, 2-strike count in the bottom of the 7th inning, Ram shortstop Hannah Beth Baker responded to the challenge by driving a solo homer out of left field to send the game into extra innings tied at 4-4.
Partman led off the 8th with a solo homer to right-centerfield that proved to the game winner.
Dickerson went the distance and gave up eight hits with three walks and four strikeouts while Hall took the loss in seven innings of work allowing 12 hits with three walks and two strikeouts.
In the second game, Kathryn Ingles (6-7) took to the circle and kept Mobile hitless through three innings while freshman catcher Jade Bourgeois lifted an RBI-triple to right-centerfield and then scored on a sacrifice fly by freshman 3rd baseman Elise deBruler to gave the Badgers a 2-0 lead in the 4th inning.
The wheels, however, came off the Spring Hill wagon in the 5th inning as Mobile erupted for five runs and were only kept from adding the 6th and 7th runs of the frame when a Ram runner left 1st base early on a fly ball for the third out.
Ingles took the complete-game loss with seven hits, three walks, two hit batters and no strikeouts. Kamaron Strickland was the winner for UM with four hits, a walk and four strikeouts.
On offense, Bourgeois and Blanchard each had four hits on the day while freshman centerfielder Taylor Webre collected three safeties for the afternoon. Partman, deBruler and junior right fielder Katelyn Hinson each had a pair of SHC hits.
Mobile was paced by Baker with four hits for two RBI and right fielder Ally Scott who tallied three hits and four RBI.
Spring Hill (15-19, 5-7 SSAC West) next host Faulkner University (11-14, 6-7 SSAC West) in a conference doubleheader at Murray Field on Thursday beginning at 2 p.m.