The Spring Hill College softball team opened the 2013 season with a doubleheader sweep of non-conference foe Millsaps College by the scores of 7-2 and 8-0 on Saturday afternoon at Murray Field.
Spring Hill grabbed a quick 1-0 lead in the 1st inning against the Majors (0-2) when sophomore 1st baseman Elise deBruler collected an RBI single with two outs.
The Badgers then added two runs in the 4th inning when sophomore centerfielder Taylor Webre blasted a 2-out, 2-RBI double to the wall in left-center. Millsaps answered with a solo homerun just inside the left field foul pool by right fielder Tiffany Havard in the 5th inning and cut it to a 3-2 Badger lead with a sacrifice fly by left fielder Kaitlyn Doles in the 6th inning.
Spring Hill's offense came alive in the bottom of the 6th when three consecutive doubles resulted in four runs to salt away the game.
Freshman Caroline Sagrera (1-0) went the distance in her collegiate debut and allowed five hits, three walks and seven strikeouts. Emily Collins (0-1) took the loss for Millsaps in four innings with four hits, two walks and five strikeouts.
In the nightcap, Badger senior Linsey Dickerson (1-0) collected a complete game victory with just two hits allowed, two walks and five strikeouts as SHC exploded for a 3-run 2nd inning and a 5-run 3rd frame in the 8-0 "Mercy Rule" shortened game.
Katie Birdwell (0-1) suffered the loss for the Majors in 2.1 innings with nine hits, a walk and two strikeouts.
On offense, deBruler enjoyed a 4-for-4 day with a homerun in Game Two. Junior 2nd baseman Raleigh Downs was 4-for-5 with four runs scored and two stolen bases in the twin bill. Webre tallied three hits while sophomore 3rd baseman Shea Blanchard had two hits with three RBI and a double. Senior outfielder Katelyn Hinson added a 2-RBI double in Game Two.
Spring Hill (2-0) will next host Huntingdon College in a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday at Murray Field beginning at 12 p.m.