For the fifth time in five outings, the Spring Hill College softball team reach a split decision in a Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) West Division doubleheader by taking the first game versus Belhaven University 3-1 before falling 5-1 in the nightcap at Murray Field on Saturday afternoon.
In the opening game, SHC starter Linsey Dickerson (11-12) went the distance for the 21st time this season and allowed the Blazers (23-20, 9-12 SSAC West) just six hits with five walks and seven strikeouts.
Badger 2nd baseman Melanie Alterio put Spring Hill up 1-0 in the 2nd inning with a run-scoring single and added her second RBI of the game in the 4th with a single to centerfield. Designated player Kayla Moran immediately followed Alterio's second hit with a run-scoring double off the wall in left field to make it a 3-0 Badger advantage.
Bayleigh Babin (8-8) took the loss for the Blazers in 3.2 innings of work with six hits, three walks and two strikeouts.
In Game 2, Kathryn Ingles (6-9) of Spring Hill cruised through the first two frames, but struggled in the 3rd inning, giving up five runs off four hits, two walks and a hit batter. BU 1st baseman CeCee Austin provided the highlight of the frame with a 2-out Grand Slam homerun out of left field.
Earlier, SHC had taken a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning off a sacrifice fly to left by right fielder Katelyn Hinson.
Ingles lasted 2.2 innings before being relieved by Dickerson, but only after allowing four hits and three walks with two strikeouts. Jessica Paris (9-8) was the complete-game winner for Belhaven and surrendered seven hits with four walks and four strikeouts.
On offense, left fielder Mariha Partman and 3rd baseman Elise deBruler both had three hits for the Badgers while Alterio, Moran and shortstop Shea Blanchard each had a pair of hits on the day. In addition to Austin's homer, Belhaven's designated player Taylor Bryan had three hits with a double to right field and centerfielder Lizzy Hess had two hits on the day.
Spring Hill (17-21, 7-9 SSAC West) will next host cross-town rival the University of Mobile (26-10, 8-7 SSAC West) in a conference doubleheader at Murray Field on Monday beginning at 2 p.m.