MOBILE, Ala. – Freshman pinch hitter Trey Marshall lifted a sacrifice fly to straight-away centerfield to bring in a sliding Willie Floros from 3rd base with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Spring Hill College baseball team stunned 9th-ranked Faulkner University by the score of 6-5 on Friday night at historic Stan Galle Field.
The Badgers struck right out of the gate in the 1st inning with a one-out, run-scoring triple to right by Floros that was followed by an RBI-single to left by sophomore catcher Ryan Stevens to make it 2-0.
The Eagles (19-4, 9-1 SSAC) halved the score to 2-1 in the 5th with a bases-loaded walk by catcher Zak Colby, but SHC responded with a two-run 6th when sophomore centerfielder Andy Robbins brought in a run with a grounder to 2nd base and designated hitter Rick LaForce laced a double over 1st base that scored pinch runner Greg Hardnett for a 4-1 Badger advantage.
The top of the 9th was unkind to the Badgers as two two-out errors resulted in three unearned Eagle runs to make it 5-4 in favor of the visitors from Montgomery.
Spring Hill answered with a two-out single up the middle by junior second baseman Brian Sims that scored pinch runner Blake Toscano from 2nd base.
On the mound, Keller Douglas (1-0) was the winner in relief of starter Nick Schmiemeier who went seven innings with four hits, seven walks and seven strikeouts. Douglas gave up just one hit with four walks and two strikeouts in three innings of work.
Eagle reliever Tyler Carter (1-3) took the loss in 1.1 innings with a hit, two walks and two strikeouts. Starter Johnny Shuttlesworth lasted eight innings for Faulkner with five hits, three walks and six strikeouts.
Stevens paced the Badger offense with two hits and an RBI while shortstop Dauris Holguin had a pair of infield hits for the Eagles.
The Badgers (8-11, 3-4 SSAC) will wrap up this 3-game set with the Eagles on Saturday in a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Stan Galle Field.