The Spring Hill College softball team split outcomes in a conference doubleheader with Faulkner University on Thursday afternoon by taking the first game 3-1 before losing a heartbreaker in 10 innings 1-0. SHC has now split four consecutive SSAC West Division doubleheaders, going 1-1 versus William Carey, Belhaven, Mobile and now Faulkner.
In the opening game, SHC starter Linsey Dickerson (10-12) limited Faulkner (12-15, 7-8 SSAC West) to three hits and a walk while striking out five Eagles in the 3-1 win.
The Badgers struck first in the 2nd inning when Eagle catcher Tori Hollis appeared to have SHC 3rd baseman Elise deBruler caught off 3rd base, but overthrew her teammate leading to deBruler scampering home for the score. Spring Hill tacked on two more runs in the 3rd inning when 1st baseman Jenny Laird successfully executed a sacrifice squeeze bunt and later scored an unearned run when Faulkner's infield dropped a 2-out line drive by deBruler.
Faulkner broke up Dickerson's bid for a shutout in the 6th inning via a sacrifice fly to right by 1st baseman Heather Smith, but could come no closer.
Missy Duke (10-5) took the loss for the Eagles and allowed just three hits with two walks and three strikeouts, but was hurt by her teammates who committed four errors in the field behind her.
In Game 2, Kathryn Ingles (6-8) of Spring Hill and Mattie Dotson (2-10) of Faulkner went nine scoreless innings before FU scratched out an "International Tie Breaker" run in the 10th inning with a sharp one-out groundout to Laird at 1st base by Smith that brought in catcher Erin Byrd from 3rd base.
Ingles took the hard-luck 10-inning loss and gave up just four hits with four walks and a strikeout while Dotson was the complete-game winner with nine hits, no walks and six strikeouts.
For the day at bat, the Badgers got three hits each by catcher Jade Bourgeois and shortstop Shea Blanchard while deBruler, left fielder Mariha Partman and 2nd baseman Melanie Alterio each had a pair of hits in the double dip.
Faulkner's Duke Hollis and left fielder Keri Hyde each had two hits while Smith collected two RBI off no hits on the day.
Spring Hill (16-20, 6-8 SSAC West) next host Belhaven University (22-17, 8-9 SSAC West) in a conference doubleheader at Murray Field on Saturday beginning at noon. Before the game, the team will recognize its two senior players with its annual Senior Day ceremonies.