The 25th-ranked Spring Hill College softball team swept both ends of a conference doubleheader versus the Faulkner University Eagles on Friday afternoon at Murray Field by the scores of 5-1 and 4-2.
Freshman Badger starter Caroline Sagrera (18-3) won both ends of the twin bill by going the distance with four hits, no walks and 13 strikeouts in the opener and then returning for a win in relief in the second game with four innings of work that included three hits, a walk and three strikeouts.
In the first game, the Badgers broke open a 1-1 tie with three runs in the 2nd inning highlighted by sophomore catcher Jade Bourgeois' two-run double down the right field line with two outs. Freshman shortstop Sam Leach added a sacrifice fly in the 3rd inning.
Natalie Walker (6-2) took the complete-game loss for the Eagles with five hits, seven walks and eight strikeouts.
Faulkner (17-5-1, 3-2-1 SSAC) grabbed a 2-0 lead in the 3rd inning of Game Two when designated player Erin Byrd connected for a two-run single down the left field line off SHC starter senior Linsey Dickerson.
SHC cut the deficit down to 2-1 in the 4th inning with an RBI-double to left by sophomore centerfielder Taylor Webre and then took a 3-2 lead in the 5th inning when senior third baseman Mariha Partman blasted a two run homer to left with two outs. The Badgers salted the game away with an insurance run in the 6th inning via a two-out double to right-center by sophomore right fielder Shea Blanchard.
Chelsey Dunnaway (6-1) suffered her first loss of the season in the complete-game loss with four hits, four walks and three strikeouts.
At the plate, sophomore Elise deBruler had two hits with an RBI on the day for the Badgers while Faulkner was led by Byrd with three hits and three RBI including a solo homerun in the first game. Leftfielder Keri Hyde had two hits for the Eagles and centerfielder Amanda Seales collected two doubles in the nightcap for the visitors.
Spring Hill (26-8, 6-5 SSAC West) will next travel to Huntingdon College (8-8) in Montgomery for a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday at 2 p.m.