CLEVELAND, Ga. – The Spring Hill College baseball team split a conference road doubleheader from the Truett-McConnell College Bears on Saturday afternoon by falling in the first 5-3 before rebounding to take the nightcap 5-2.
In the opener, the Badgers fell behind 2-0 as the Bears scored single runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings off SHC starter Nick Schmiemeier but rallied to put two runs on the board in the 4th inning when designated hitter Rick LaForce drove in 3rd baseman Willie Floros with a double and then scored off a triple to center by right fielder Jack Lauber.
The Bears would retake the lead in the bottom of the 4th inning with an RBI-single to center, but SHC answered to tie the game at 3-3 when Floros drove in Sims with a grounder to the right side of the infield.
A two-run single off Badger reliever Johnathan Billings (2-4) would provide the winning margin for TMC in the bottom of the 7th innings as Schmiemeier lasted five innings with seven hits, three walks and no strikeouts. LaForce, 2nd baseman Brian Sims and catcher Ryan Stevens each had two hits in the game.
Senior 1st baseman John Hollingsworth staked SHC to an early 2-0 lead in the 1st inning of Game Two with a bases-loaded single to plate centerfielder Andy Robbins and Sims. The Badgers would expand their lead to as much as 5-1 with single runs in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th innings to hand Casey Adams (1-4) his first win of the year and reliever Jeff Keenum his first save of the season. Adams went seven innings with five hits a walk and six strikeouts.
Hollingsworth had two hits in the second game for the Badgers as did Stevens in the designated hitter role and catcher Joe Sykes.
The Badgers (13-24, 5-15 SSAC) will remain in Cleveland on Sunday to play the Bears (6-24, 4-16 SSAC) in a 1 p.m. make-up game of Friday night's rain out.