The Spring Hill College baseball team swept a non-conference doubleheader from the Thomas University Night Hawks on Tuesday afternoon at historic Stan Galle Field by the scores of 4-3 in extra innings in the opener and 3-1 in the nightcap.
In the first game, Thomas (17-15) and the Badgers went to an extra eighth inning where SHC left fielder Garrett Webb decided the issue by scoring from 1st base following a single to right with two outs by designated hitter Rick LaForce and a wild throw to 3rd base by Night Hawk right fielder Brandon Singer.
The Badgers had earlier tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the 2nd inning off an RBI-single by right fielder Blake Toscano that was followed by a sacrifice fly to centerfield by centerfielder Andy Robbins. Thomas 3rd baseman Brett White put the Night Hawks up 3-2 in the 3rd inning with a solo homer to left, but SHC answered in the 4th with a game-tying run-scoring single past 1st base by Robbins.
Freshman Paul Sullivan (2-1) was the winner in relief with two innings of work, a hit, two walks and two strikeouts. Sophomore starter Jack Howard went six innings with five hits, four walks and two strikeouts.
For the Night Hawks, John Gainey (3-1) took the loss in 1.2 innings with three hits, a walk and two strikeouts.
Robbins had two hits with a triple and two RBI for the Badgers while shortstop Justin DelGado had two hits, two RBI and a stolen base for the visitors.
In the second game, Badger starter freshman Hunter Nowak (2-1) went six innings and allowed just three hits with three walks and three strikeouts while sophomore Keller Douglas recorded his 5th save of the season with a 3-up-3-down 7th inning.
The Badgers made a 3-run 2nd inning stand up as senior catcher Joe Sykes provided the fireworks with a 2-run double to left that was followed by an RBI-single to left-center by junior right fielder Jack Lauber.
SHC third baseman freshman Willie Floros and sophomore shortstop Brooks Bobinger each had two hits in the nightcap. Senior 1st baseman John Hollingsworth ripped his 3rd double of the year to deep left to leadoff the 2nd inning.
Thomas starter Evan Morgan fell to 0-3 on the season in four innings with five hits, a walk and two strikeouts.
The Badgers (12-19, 4-11 SSAC) will host the 18th-ranked Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) Warhawks (19-14, 6-9 SSAC) in a 3-game SSAC series beginning with a 6p.m. single game on Friday followed by a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday.