MT. VERNON, Ga. – The Spring Hill College baseball team scored five runs in the top of the 9th inning to pull out an 8-7 victory in Game 3 of a weekend SSAC series and avoided the series sweep at Brewton-Parker College after falling 8-5 in day's opener on Saturday afternoon.
Trailing 7-3 with only three out remaining in the weekend, the Spring Hill squad refused to give in and rallied for six hits off three different Baron pitchers. Freshman designated hitter Ryan Stevens blasted a 3-run double down the left field line to make it a 7-6 game and later scored off a wild pitch to knot the game at 7 runs apiece.
Senior catcher Fred Rossi capped the comeback with a double to deep left-center that scored Badger centerfielder Andy Robbins as SHC took the 8-7 lead.
Cyrus Beermann (3-0) picked up the win in 1.2 innings of relief and allowed no hits and a walk with no strikeouts. Badger starter Michael Moch lasted seven innings with seven hits, three walks and three strikeouts.
Brandon Whitmore (1-2) took the loss in 1/3 of an inning with two hits and a walk.
In the opener, Joel McLaughlin (7-6) went six innings in the win with six hits, three walks and seven strikeouts while Ben Gillespie added his third save of the season to his totals with one full inning of work.
Casey Adams for SHC fell to 4-5 on the year with the loss in 4.2 innings with 10 hits, two walks and four strikeouts.
On the day, Stevens had four hits, four RBI and four runs scored for Spring Hill while 2nd baseman Brian Sims collected three hits and four RBI. Rossi and 1st baseman John Hollingsworth each had a pair of hits as did Robbins, 3rd baseman Justin Martin and right fielder Alex Summers.
BPC (27-20, 13-14 SSAC) was paced by left fielder Jacob Otwell and 1st baseman Chris Carr who each had five hits on the afternoon.
Spring Hill (20-25, 10-17 SSAC) will visit cross town rival the University of Mobile (22-22) in a non-conference game on Tuesday at 3 p.m.