The Spring Hill College softball team was swept in a Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) West Division doubleheader by the 6th-ranked William Carey University Crusaders on Wednesday afternoon by the scores of 1-0 and 8-2 at Murray Field.
In the opening game, SHC starter Linsey Dickerson (11-15) took a complete-game loss and allowed just four hits with a walk and a strikeout, but unfortunately for the Badgers, one of those hits was a solo homerun out of centerfield by Carey's 3rd baseman Jasmine Shelby in the 4th inning.
Alyssa Boutwell (21-3) was the winner for WCU, giving up five hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
Dickerson also started the nightcap for SHC, but lasted just two innings as she would take her second loss of the day with five hits, a walk and a strikeout while Kathryn Ingles closed the final five frames for the Badgers with seven hits, three runs, three walks and a strikeout.
Carey (39-8, 16-4 SSAC West) scored four runs off three hits and two Badger errors in the 1st inning and held a 5-1 advantage after three innings of play. Spring Hill managed to scratch across single runs in the 3rd inning off a run-scoring single to left by shortstop Shea Blanchard and in the 5th inning with an RBI-double to deep right-centerfield by right fielder Katelyn Hinson.
Kelsey Jo Smith (8-1) was the winner of Game 2 in 5.1 innings of relief work for Carey with six hits, five walks and three strikeouts.
On offense, Spring Hill freshman centerfielder Taylor Webre enjoyed a 4-for-6 day while Blanchard had three hits with an RBI and designated player Kayla Moran collected two hits on the day.
Carey's Kayleigh Anspach led six Crusaders that tallied multiple hits in the twin bill as the shortstop took in three hits with an RBI.
Spring Hill (17-25, 7-13 SSAC West) will next visit Faulkner University (12-19, 7-12 SSAC West) for a conference doubleheader in Montgomery on Friday beginning at 3 p.m.