The Spring Hill College baseball team finished a 3-game non-conference series versus Martin Methodist College by splitting a doubleheader with the RedHawks at historic Stan Galle Field on Saturday afternoon as MMC took the opener 7-6 and SHC took the nightcap 7-1.
The RedHawks (3-5) jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the 1st inning of Game One, but Spring Hill rallied to take a 5-4 lead with four runs in the 5th inning. Sophomore shortstop Brooks Bobinger and junior right fielder Jack Lauber each delivered two-run singles in the outburst.
Martin Methodist answered right back in the 6th inning with a three-run triple to deep left centerfield by second baseman Matt Thomas that made it a 7-5 RedHawk advantage. SHC then plated a run in bottom of the frame when Bobinger drove in second baseman Brian Sims from second base with a single to center.
In the 7th inning, the Badgers had the tying run 90 feet away from home plate with two outs, but pinch hitter sophomore Rick LaForce was called out on a bang-bang play at first base to end the game.
Senior reliever Jeff Keenum (0-1) took the loss as SHC starter senior Nick Schmiemeier lasted five innings with six hits, a walk, three hit batters and four strikeouts. Zack Brown (1-0) was the MMC winner in relief going 2.1 innings and allowing three hits.
In Game Two, The Badgers scored two runs in both the 1st and 4th innings and then added three insurance runs in the 6th as sophomore designated hitter Ryan Stevens crushed his second homerun of the year to left with one runner on base.
Freshman starter Chris Rodriguez lasted 3.1 innings before surrendering the mound to freshman Paul Sullivan (1-0) who went 3.2 innings with two hits and two strikeouts. MMC starter Johnny Garcia (0-1) took the loss in 3.1 innings of work with three hits, four walks and two strikeouts.
At the plate, Stevens continued swing a hot bat for the Badgers going 3-for-5 with two doubles, a homerun and three RBI on the day. Sims also collected three hits while freshman third baseman Willie Floros had three hits and an RBI.
Thomas went 4-for-6 for MMC with a double, a triple and three RBI. RedHawk centerfielder Rob Holley had four hits and an RBI.
The Badgers (3-4) will travel to Thomasville, Ga., on Tuesday to take on the Thomas University Night Hawks (5-2) in a non-conference doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.