The Spring Hill College baseball team split a conference doubleheader with Truett-McConnell College on Friday afternoon by taking the first game 4-3 in extra innings before falling in the nightcap 3-1 at historic Stan Galle Field.
The Badgers built a 3-0 lead after four innings in the first game as Bear infield errors resulted in SHC runs in the 1st and 4th innings while 2nd baseman Brian Sims added a run-scoring two-out triple to right field in the 2nd frame.
TMC posted a 3-run inning in the 5th with back-to-back RBI singles by left fielder Chad Fulton and centerfielder Nick Fryman that were followed by an RBI groundout by designated hitter Jonathan Wilson that tied the game at three runs apiece.
The Badgers would load the bases with two outs in the 8th inning and senior shortstop Ryan Cummings beat out an infield single to the shortstop to plate the winning run.
Reliever Jeff Keenum (1-1) picked up his first win of the year in two innings of work with no hits, a walk and a strikeout while SHC starter Casey Adams went five innings with seven hits, two walks and five strikeouts.
Chris Rich (0-1) took his first loss of the year in an inning and two-thirds with three hits, a walk and two strikeouts. Bear starter Chuck Ghysels went six innings with four hits, three walks and nine strikeouts.
In Game 2, all the scoring came in the 2nd inning when the Bears struck for three runs with RBI-singles by Wilson, 1st baseman Ross Roberts and Fryman off Badger starter Nick Schmiemeier (2-8). Spring Hill answered with a run in the bottom of the frame as centerfielder Alex Bumb forced in a run with a bases-loaded walk off TMC starter Kyle York (5-7).
York went the distance for the win and allowed the Badgers six hits with two walks and struck out five batters while Schmiemeier lasted six innings in the loss with four hits, five walks, two hit batters and six strikeouts.
For the day at the plate, Sims was 4-for-8 with an RBI in the leadoff position while catcher Fred Rossi, left fielder Kendell Carvin and Cummings each collected a pair of hits. The Bears were led by catcher Buck Harris with three doubles and two hits each by Fryman, Wilson, Roberts, and right fielder Dylan Reichenburg.
Spring Hill (21-28, 11-18 SSAC) will wrap up the 2012 season versus Truett-McConnell (18-30-1, 6-22 SSAC) with a single game at Stan Galle Field on Saturday at 1 p.m.