The Spring Hill College baseball team swept a non-conference doubleheader from the University of Rio Grande RedStorm at historic Stan Galle Field on Sunday afternoon. Junior catcher Roy Moulder provided the fireworks in the first game with a walk-off two-run home run to left in a 6-4 decision and sophomore right-hander Hunter Nowak went five strong innings for a 7-1 win in the nightcap.
In the first game, the Spring Hill built a 4-0 lead after three innings only to see the RedStorm (1-3) charge back to tie the game at 4-4 with a two-run 6th-inning. After Badger third baseman sophomore Willie Floros was hit by a pitch, Moulder came to the rescue with one out in the bottom of the 7th inning by crushing a no-doubt bomb out of left field on the first pitch of the at-bat to the jubilation of the SHC faithful.
Junior Jack Howard started the opening contest going five innings and allowing five hits with a walk and four strikeouts. Junior Keller Douglas (1-0) picked up the win in relief in two innings with just one hit, a strikeout and no walks. Douglas entered the game with no outs, the bases loaded in the 6th inning and the Badgers clinging to a 4-3 lead. The righty struck out the first batter he faced and then gave up a sharp groundball to 3rd base that was stabbed by a diving Floros who threw wide to home plate allowing a run to score. The next batter then hit a more routine grounder to Floros who started the inning-ending 3rd-to-home-to-1st base double play.
The second game featured three clutch RBI-singles by SHC with senior Rick LaForce collecting one in the 3rd inning and senior Brian Sims along with junior Kyle Freeman each adding one in the 5th inning as the Badgers raced out to a 6-0 lead. Rio Grande scratched out a run in the 6th inning, but in the bottom of the frame senior left fielder Mykol Sostarich lifted a sacrifice fly to right-center to rebuild the six-run cushion for the home team.
Nowak (1-0) went five complete innings and allowed just two hits with three walks and three strikeouts in the victory.
Offensively, SHC was led by Freeman with three hits to go with two RBI and Sostarich with three hits and a run driven. Moulder, Floros, LaForce and center fielder Andy Robbins each added two safeties on the day for the Badgers.
Rio Grande's Kyle Miller (0-1) took the complete game loss in the opener with nine hits, a walk and two strikeouts while Eric Ford (0-1) suffered the defeat in the second game with 3.2 innings of work three hits, five walks, two hit batters and two strikeouts. Catcher Grant Tamane, designated hitter Anthony Knittel and second baseman Luis Jimenez all collected a pair of hits on the day for the RedStorm.
The Badgers (3-1) next travel to Pensacola. Fla., to face the University of West Florida Argonauts (2-1) on Tuesday night beginning at 5 o'clock on Jim Spooner Field at Pelican Park.