The Spring Hill College softball team split a conference doubleheader with the 18th-ranked Belhaven University Blazers taking the first game 7-4 before dropping the second contest 6-1 on Tuesday afternoon at Murray Field.
Freshman SHC starter Caroline Sagrera (14-1) pitched both halves of the twin bill collecting 11 strikeouts in the first game and adding six mores Ks in the nightcap. She surrendered six hits with three walks in Game One and seven hits with six walks in Game Two.
Spring Hill held a 1-0 lead through the first four innings in the opener, but saw Belhaven score three runs in the 5th inning. The Badgers rallied for a 6-run bottom of the 5th frame highlighted by centerfielder Taylor Webre's 2-run double to deep left field to hand the lead back to SHC at 5-3.
In the second game, sophomore catcher Jade Bourgeois blasted her first homerun of the year out of left-centerfield in the 1st inning as Sagrera motored through the first five innings. Belhaven finally scratched the scoreboard with consecutive doubles by right fielder Shelby Watson and third baseman Denee' Crawford to lead off the sixth inning tying the game at 1-1.
Sagrera eventually ran out of gas in the top of the 7th inning giving up a 3-run double to Crawford on a 0-2 pitch with two outs that was followed by a double to right-center by designated player Katy Adair that plated Crawford. Badger senior Linsey Dickerson came in for the final out, but not before the Blazers held a 6-1 advantage.
Adair (7-3) took the loss for Belhaven in the opener with four innings of work, four hits, five walks and four strikeouts while Jessica Paris (5-0) was the complete-game winner in the nightcap allowing just four hits with two walks and 11 strikeouts.
For the Badger offense, right fielder Shea Blanchard had three hits with a double and Bourgeois was 3-for-5 with a double, a solo homerun and two RBI.
The Blazers were led at the plate by Crawford who was 3-for-5 with three doubles and five RBI. Adair collected two doubles with four RBI and centerfielder Lizzy Hess turned in a 3-for-6 day.
Spring Hill (21-4, 1-1 SSAC West) will host the 3rd-ranked Lee University Flames (23-1, 9-0 SSAC East) in a cross-divisional doubleheader at Murray Field on Friday at 1 p.m.