The Spring Hill College softball team was swept in a Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) West Division doubleheader by the 23rd-ranked University of Mobile Lady Rams on Monday afternoon by the scores of 2-1 and 3-2 at Murray Field.
In the opening game, SHC starter Linsey Dickerson (11-13) took a complete-game loss while surrendering six hits, a walk and a strikeout to the Lady Rams (28-10, 10-7 SSAC West), who scored both their runs in the 6th inning off a single between 3rd and short by left fielder Korie Fontenot and 2-out infield throwing error by the Badgers that plated catcher Milagros Lozada.
SHC answered with a run in the bottom of the 7th inning when 3rd baseman Elise deBruler drove a run-scoring double to deep left field with two outs, but was then stranded at 2nd base on a pop-out to the Rams infield.
The Rams' Kameron Strickland moved to 13-3 on the year in the win with just three hits, no walks and two strikeouts.
In the day's second game, Mobile scored in the 2nd inning with back-to-back RBI-singles by centerfielder Brittany Dunson and shortstop Hannah Beth Baker off SHC starter Kathryn Ingles (6-10). The Badgers, however, roared back to tie the game in the inning's bottom half off a bases-loaded catcher's inference by Lozada and a hit-by-pitch to 1st baseman Jenny Laird that forced in the tying score.
UM took the lead for good in the 3rd inning off a wild pitch by Ingles that resulted in the winning run scampering home in the form of Emily Vickrey, who previously had entered the game to catch for the injured Lozada.
Morgan Pence (1-1) picked up the win in relief for Mobile in 5.1 innings of work, allowing just one hit with four walks and no strikeouts. Ingles took the complete-game loss with five hits, three walks and four strikeouts.
Offensively on the twin bill, Spring Hill was led by Laird with two hits and an RBI while Mobile's Dunson was 5-for-7 with an RBI from the leadoff position. Baker collected two hits with a run driven in for the Rams.
Spring Hill (17-23, 7-11 SSAC West) will wrap-up the 2012 home season on Wednesday by hosting 7th-ranked William Carey University (37-8, 14-4 SSAC West) in a conference doubleheader at Murray Field beginning at 2 p.m.