The Spring Hill College baseball team lost a conference contest by a 9-6 score to the Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) Warhawks on Friday night at historic Stan Galle Field.
Starting pitchers Will Ruffin (4-2) of AUM and Nick Schmiemeier (2-4) for AUM cruised through the first five innings of play with Schmiemeier allowing just two unearned runs in the 1st frame.
The clubs then matched each other with three-run outbursts in the 6th inning to make it a 5-3 AUM lead. In the 7th inning, the Warhawks used a successful sacrifice squeeze bunt by second baseman Chad Mansmann and a run-scoring single to right-center by third baseman Wes Hughes to build a 7-3 bulge, but the Badgers answered back in the bottom of the frame for three runs highlighted by consecutive two-out RBI-singles from sophomore catcher Ryan Stevens and senior first baseman John Hollingsworth to make it 7-6.
AUM would add two insurance runs in the 8th inning off a two-run double by catcher Brett Wellman to make it 9-6. SHC, however, refused to go quietly and put runners on the corners with just one out in the 9th when a strikeout and a deep fly ball out to the corner of right field put an end to the threat.
Schmiemeier went 5.1 innings and gave up five hits with seven walks and four strikeouts in the loss while Ruffin lasted 6.1 innings with eight hits, a walk and four strikeouts before yielding to Daniel Farrar who earned the save in 2.2 innings with five hits, a walk and four strikeouts.
At the plate, junior second baseman Brian Sims enjoyed a 4-for-5 night with an RBI while Stevens and Hollingsworth both had three hits and two RBI. Freshman right fielder Blake Toscano collected two hits for SHC and cut down a run at the plate to end the 8th inning.
AUM was paced by first baseman Blake Bearden with a 4-for-6 performance as five Warhawks struck for multiple hits in the contest.
The Badgers (12-20, 4-12 SSAC) will host the Warhawks (20-14, 7-9 SSAC) in an SSAC doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday.