The Spring Hill College baseball team came up short on both ends of a conference doubleheader with the Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) Warhawks on Friday night at historic Stan Galle Field by the scores of 4-3 and 12-0.
The Warhawks (22-14, 9-9 SSAC) scored two runs in the top of the 7th inning to take a 4-3 win away from the Badgers in the opener.
SHC scored an unearned run in the 1st inning when AUM third baseman Wes Hughes threw short to 1st base to allow SHC leadoff hitter and centerfielder Andy Robbins to scamper home from 3rd base with two outs. In the next inning, AUM starter Eran Franks (4-4) brought in SHC shortstop Brooks Bobinger from 3rd base with a wild pitch and then the Warhawk mistake was compounded by catcher Brett Wellman who threw wild back to Franks at home to score Badger right fielder Jack Lauber all the way from 2nd base.
SHC maintained the 3-0 lead through six innings behind starter Casey Adams who went 5.2 innings with seven hits, two walks and two strikeouts, but allowed two Warhawk runs in the 6th inning via a bases-loaded double to right fielder Shane Turner. Badger closer Keller Douglas (1-1) would end the threat in that frame with a strikeout, but he then surrendered three consecutive hits to open the 7th inning, including a game-tying double to right by first baseman Blake Bearden that was followed by Franks' game-winning sacrifice fly to right to score Hughes.
Franks was the complete-game winner and allowed only five hits with a walk while striking out four Badgers.
Badger starter Trey Marshall (1-1) lasted only 1.2 innings in the second game as the Warhawks exploded for a five-run 1st inning and a six-run 2nd inning before coasting to a 12-0 victory in seven innings. Marshall allowed five hits, with four walks and no strikeouts.
AUM starter Chad Reeves (4-2) went 4.1 innings before leaving the game with leg cramps, but allowed only two hits, no walks and three strikeouts. Nathan Taylor closed out the final 2.2 innings for the Warhawks with no hits, two walks and a strikeout.
At the plate, Bobinger had a hit in both ends of the double dip for Spring Hill while third baseman Willie Floros slapped a double to left in the 6th inning of Game One.
AUM's Bearden tallied four hits and two RBI on the day with a double in the opener and a solo homer in the nightcap. Turner smashed three hits with four RBI while Franks had three hits with two RBI as six Warhawks collected multiple hits during the afternoon's work.
The Badgers (12-22, 4-14 SSAC) will host the University of Mobile Rams (21-11) in a non-conference doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m. on Tuesday at Stan Galle Field.