The Spring Hill College baseball team swept a non-conference doubleheader from Tougaloo College by the scores of 7-1 and 8-1 at historic Stan Galle Field on Tuesday afternoon.
In the opening contest, Spring Hill took a quick 2-0 lead in the 1st inning and expanded the advantage to 3-0 in the 3rd inning with a bases-loaded walk by sophomore centerfielder Andy Robbins that brought in senior first baseman John Hollingsworth.
The Bulldogs (0-7) notched a run in the 4th frame when 2nd baseman Jack Hebert returned the favor to the Badgers by collecting a bases-loaded walk to force in Corlis Oliver from 3rd base. SHC found their bats again in the 6th inning and tacked on four runs highlighted by a 2-run double to the right field corner by junior second baseman Brian Sims.
Daniel Pitfield (1-0) was the winner for the Badgers going 5.1 innings with three hits allowed, two walks and five strikeouts. Johnathan Billings picked up his first save of the year in 1.2 innings of work with no hits, no walks and a strikeout.
Joshua Thomas (0-1) took the loss for Tougaloo in five innings with six hits, three walks and no strikeouts.
In Game Two, both teams did all of the damage in the 1st inning as Tougaloo opened the game with three hits and walk to take a 1-0 lead, but the Badgers exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the bracket off seven hits as Sims again provided the fireworks with a bases-loaded, 2-out triple down the right field line that scored three runs. Sims also scored on the play when the throw to 3rd base skipped away allowing the leftie to scamper home.
From there the game became a pitching duel between Badger starter freshman Hunter Nowak (1-0) and Tougaloo reliever Rodney McKay. McCay took the mound for the Bulldogs with two outs in the 1st and promptly sat down 16 of the next 17 Badger batters while Nowak allowed only four base runners over the next five innings.
Nowak lasted six innings with seven hits, two walks and six strikeouts in the win as senior Jeff Keenum closed out the final inning with a hit, a walk and a strikeout. McKay went 5.1 innings in his no-decision with just two hits allowed, a walk and four strikeouts. Braxton Matthews (0-1) was saddled with the loss in just 2/3 innings of work with seven hits, two walks and a strikeout.
At the plate, Sims had four hits with four runs scored and five RBI for SHC while sophomore shortstop Brooks Bobinger, freshman third baseman Willie Floros, junior right fielder Jack Lauber and freshman left fielder Blake Toscano each had two hits in the twin bill. Designated hitter sophomore Ryan Stevens also ripped his team-leading 6th double of the season double down the left field line for an RBI in the nightcap.
First baseman Donnie Norwood had three hits for the Bulldogs while shortstop Dustin Porter and left fielder Derell McLemore each had a pair of hits on the day.
The Badgers (5-4) will next host Southern Wesleyan University (3-8, 0-3 SSAC) in a doubleheader on Friday in the SSAC opener for Spring Hill at Stan Galle Field.