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Andy Robbins had a double for the Badgers in Pensacola
Andy Robbins had a double for the Badgers in Pensacola
Baseball - Wed, Feb. 5, 2014

PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Spring Hill College baseball team lost a 12-6 non-conference decision to the University of West Florida Argonauts on Jim Spooner Field at Pelican Park on Wednesday night.

The Argos (3-1) entered the game ranked as the No. 4 team in the preseason poll of NCAA Division 2, but SHC jumped ahead in the 1st inning with an RBI single through the hole between 1st and 2nd bases by catcher Roy Moulder that was followed by a chopper up the middle by first baseman Kyle Freeman that brought in Run Number 2 of the frame. Shortstop Brooks Bobinger continued the Badger hit parade with a single to right that brought in Moulder.

Designated hitter Rick LaForce dropped a single into right-center to plate Freeman as the lead grew to 4-0 with just one out in the game, but UWF answered with a four-run bottom of the 1st inning to knot the game at 4-4. The Badgers loaded the bases with two outs in the 2nd inning, but a groundball to 2nd base ended the threat.

The Argos added two runs in the 2nd inning and another run in the 3rd to take a 7-4 lead. In the 6th inning, UWF tacked on another run with a bases-loaded grounder to 3rd base that sophomore Willie Floros was able to lasso for the force out of the runner from 2nd base, but not with time to complete the double play across the diamond at 1st base.

Spring Hill loaded the bases in the top of the 8th inning and made it an 8-6 game with a single to right by Freeman and an RBI ground-out by Bobinger, but a routine grounder the 3rd base with the tying runs at 2nd and 3rd closed the inning.

UWF lifted a solo homer out of left field to start the bottom of the 8th inning and added a three-run blast out of left-center four batters later.

SHC starter Paul Sullivan (0-1) took the loss in three innings with six hits, three walks and a strikeout while reliever Brady Hitt worked the final five innings with nine hits, two walks and no strikeouts. Mike Flaherty picked up the win in relief for UWF in four innings with a hit, three walks and a strikeout.

For the Badgers on offense, Freeman was 3-for-4 with two RBI while Brian Sims collected two of the 10 total hits tallied by Spring Hill. Kaleb Barlow and Kyler Hamner each had three hits for the Argos and Jeremy Bajduan enjoyed a stellar 4-for-5 night including a homerun and five RBI.

The Badgers (3-2) next host the Skyhawks (2-0) of Point University in a non-conference doubleheader at historic Stan Galle Field beginning at 3 p.m. on Friday.