HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The Spring Hill College baseball team swept a Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) doubleheader from the 24th-ranked William Carey University Crusaders by the scores of 3-1 and 8-2 at Milton Wheeler Field on Saturday afternoon.
The Badgers jumped on top of the Crusaders (5-5, 1-2 SSAC) with a three-run outburst in 2nd inning of the opening game when senior second baseman Brian Sims drove a 3-run double into deep right. Carey walked in a run in the 6th inning, but SHC closer Keller Douglas picked up his third save of the year with a 5-4-3 double play to end the threat and closed the game with a 3-up-3-down 7th inning.
Paul Sullivan evened his record at 1-1 with the win going five innings with just two hits, a walk and four strikeouts. Gavin Culpepper (1-1) accepted the loss in six innings with five hits, five walks and five strikeouts.
In the nightcap, Spring Hill used a 3-run 5th inning and a 4-run 6th inning to race past the Crusaders. Designated hitter Taylor Eads provided the big blow in the 5th frame with a 2-out single up the middle that brought around right fielder Garrett Webb and Sims. Left fielder Mykol Sostarich added an RBI-single in the 6th inning as Sims tacked on a sacrifice fly and the Crusaders walked around two more SHC scores.
Jack Howard improved to 2-0 in five innings with just three hits allowed, two walks and seven strikeouts. Brady Hitt closed the game with four innings of work allowing five hits, two walks and two strikeouts. Cody Deckwa fell to 0-1 in the loss with 4.2 innings pitched with five hits, a walk and four strikeouts.
At the plate, Sims collected four hits with four RBI while Eads had three hits and three RBI for the Badgers. Sostarich and centerfielder Andy Robbins each had two hits with Robbins scoring three runs. Designated hitter Vito Perna had two hits with an RBI for Carey.
Badger pitching allowed 10 hits with six walks and 16 strikeouts on the day while SHC hitters collected 19 hits with 15 walks and 13 strikeouts.
The Badgers (7-3, 2-1 SSAC) will next host the Thomas University (Ga.) Night Hawks (7-2) in a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday beginning at 2 p.m. at historic Stan Galle Field.