The Spring Hill College baseball team swept a non-conference doubleheader from the Thomas University (Ga.) Night Hawks on Tuesday evening at historic Stan Galle Field by the scores of 3-2 and 9-3 extending their current winning streak to four games.
Night Hawks (7-4) took a 2-1 lead in the 2nd inning of the first game, but the Badgers battled back to tie the game with a run-scoring groundout by centerfielder Andy Robbins (JR, Kirkwood, Mo.) in the 4th inning that plated third baseman Willie Floros (SO, University City, Mo.). SHC regained a 3-2 lead in the 5th inning when right fielder Garrett Webb (SO, Gainesville, Fla.) led off with a double down the right field line and was later brought in by second baseman Brian Sims (SR, Mobile, Ala.)' unselfish groundout to the right side.
Hunter Nowak (SO, Alpharetta, Ga.) improved to 2-0 with the win going six innings with three hits, three walks and a strikeout. Keller Douglas (JR, Covington, La.) pitched a 3-up-3 down 7th inning to record his fourth save of the season. Justin Hicks (0-1) took the complete-game loss for Thomas and allowed six hits, a walk and two strikeouts.
The nightcap saw SHC jump out to a 7-0 lead with a two-run 1st inning and a five-run 2nd inning that was highlighted by right fielder Taylor Eads (JR, Slidell, La.)' three-run line drive homerun out of left field with two outs.
Jesse Hanson (SO, Hallsville, Texas) (1-0) recorded his first win of the year in four innings of work with three hits, three walks and four strikeouts. Four Badger pitchers combined for the win and allowed just four hits with eight walks and eight strikeouts.
Thomas Bevis (0-2) accepted the loss for the Night Hawks in just 1.1 innings of work with five hits allowed, two walks and no strikeouts.
At the plate, Eads collected three hits with four RBI while Badger first baseman Kyle Freeman (JR, Pensacola, Fla.) added three hits with a run driven-in. Left fielder Mykol Sostarich (SR, Ft. Lupton, Colo.) ripped out three hits as Sims had a hit, two RBI, a stolen base and turned two double plays in the field. Blake Toscano drove a pinch hit triple to deep right in the 6th inning of game two to bring in pinch runner Austin Jacques all the way from 1st base.
Thomas designated hitter Chris Kitlas had three hits on the day including a double in the 1st inning of the opening game.
The Badgers (9-3, 2-1 SSAC) will host rivals the University of Mobile Rams (9-4, 2-1 SSAC) in a three-game conference series beginning with a single game on Friday beginning at 3 p.m. and wrapping up with a Saturday doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. at historic Stan Galle Field.