The Spring Hill College softball team split a conference doubleheader versus the 11th-ranked William Carey University Crusaders on Tuesday afternoon at Murray Field taking a 6-4 loss in the opener, but rebounding to take a 2-1 victory in the nightcap.
Freshman SHC starter Caroline Sagrera (16-2) suffered a 6-run 2nd inning in the opener that including two walks, two hit batters and three hits including a 2-run double to deep center by Carey's Hannah Cook-Kelley.
The Badgers answered in the bottom of the 4th inning with a run-scoring double by freshman shortstop Sam Leach and 2-run homerun by senior 3rd baseman Mariha Partman to cut the deficit down to 6-3. A sacrifice fly by sophomore 1st baseman Elise deBruler in the 6th inning made it a 6-4 game, but Spring Hill would end the frame with the bases-loaded.
Sagrera took the complete-game loss and allowed eight hits with three walks, four hit batters and seven strikeouts. Megan Lamb was the winner in relief with 4.1 innings of work, five hits, six walks and three strikeouts.
Leach and sophomore right fielder Shea Blanchard each had two hits for the Badgers in the first game while Cook-Kelley, 1st baseman Janessa Dedeaux and left fielder Katy White each had two hits for the Crusaders (21-6, 7-1 SSAC West).
Partman opened the second game with a solo homerun to stake the Badgers to a quick 1-0 lead, but the Crusaders answered with an unearned run in the 3rd inning. SHC sophomore catcher Jade Bourgeois then drew a bases-loaded, two-out walk to drive in the winning run in the bottom of the 7th inning.
Senior starter Linsey Dickerson (7-3) earned the complete-game victory with just four hits, two walks and three strikeouts. Brittany Lang took the loss for Carey in 6.2 innings with six hits, five walks and three strikeouts.
Partman tallied a double and the homer for the Badgers while sophomore centerfielder Taylor Webre contributed two hits with a double. Anna Lauren Fontenot led off the 6th inning with a double for WCU.
Spring Hill (24-6, 4-3 SSAC West) will next host the 5th-ranked Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) Warhawks (22-1, 0-0 SSAC West) in a divisional doubleheader at Murray Field on Thursday at 1 p.m.