HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The Spring Hill College baseball team opened the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) portion of their 2014 schedule with a 7-1 loss at 24th-ranked William Carey University on Friday evening at Milton Wheeler Field.
Spring Hill broke out to a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning over the Crusaders (5-3, 1-0 SSAC) when sophomore second baseman Willie Floros ripped a double to deep left-center that brought in senior left fielder Mykol Sostarich who had reached on a leadoff walk from 1st base. Badger starter Wesley Parrish (1-1) loaded the bases in the bottom of the frame with a leadoff double and two walks and then surrendered a two-out, two-run single to shallow left-center by Carey catcher Michael Wells to stake the Crusaders to an early 2-1 lead.
SHC put two runners on in the second, but a 2nd-to-short-to-1st double play ended the threat, but Parrish worked out a 1st-and-3rd jam in the next half inning with a fly ball to left field. The Badgers put runners at 2nd and 3rd bases with one out in the 5th inning but a strikeout and a pop-out to the infield ended the opportunity.
Two Badger infield errors resulted in five runs for Carey in the bottom of the 5th inning as the Crusaders took a 7-1 lead.
Parrish took the loss for Spring Hill in four innings of work with six hits allowed, three walks and five strikeouts. Badger first baseman Kyle Freeman enjoyed a two-hit night while four Crusaders collected two hits paced by Wells with three RBI. Jake Chambliss (1-1) was the winner in relief for Carey in three innings with one hit, one walk and three strikeouts.
The Badgers (5-3, 0-1 SSAC) will remain in Hattiesburg overnight to wrap up the series with a doubleheader versus the Crusaders on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.