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Senior Raleigh Downs had two hits on Thursday at UWF
Senior Raleigh Downs had two hits on Thursday at UWF
Softball - Thu, Feb. 20, 2014

PENSACOLA, Fla. – The 2nd-ranked Spring Hill College softball team returned to action after a two-week layoff only to lose both ends of a non-conference double-header at the University of West Florida on Thursday evening. The Badgers fell 1-0 in the first game and lost in eight innings by a 2-1 score in the nightcap.

The Lady Argos (10-10) scored on a wild pitch by SHC starter Caroline Sagrera (SO, Baton Rouge, La.) (1-1) in the bottom of the 6th inning to take a 1-0 victory in the opening game. Sagrera went the distance scattering four hits with no walks and nine strikeouts. Taylor Bailey (3-5) earned the victory for UWF allowing just two hits with four walks and four strikeouts.

Sarah Bolotte (SO, Marrero, La.) (1-1) started the second game for the Badgers and pitched around a runner-at-3rd-base situation in the 2nd inning with a fly ball to left that was caught by Jenna Charnock (FR, Mobile, Ala.).

The Badgers put runners at 2nd and 3rd via a successful double steal with one out in the 3rd inning and Elisse deBruler loaded the bases with a walk, but a strikeout and a tapper back to the pitcher ended the threat.

Second baseman Raleigh Downs (SR, Booneville, Miss.) laced a double into right-center with one out in the 4th inning, but two groundball outs once again put an end to a golden opportunity for Spring Hill.

In the 8th inning, the Badgers finally broke through when Lea Krittrell came home from 3rd base off a hard-hit grounder up the middle by catcher Sam Leach (SO, Axis, Ala.) that was deflected by the UWF pitcher to 2nd base for the out at 1st base. In the bottom of the frame, however, UWF moved runners to 2nd and 3rd bases with one out and tied the game with a blooper single behind the bag at 2nd base that also broke up Bolotte's bid at a second no-hit game in two appearances this year. An Argo single to right-center with two outs gave UWF the 2-1 victory.

Bolotte allowed just the two hits to UWF with two walks and two strikeouts as her Argonaut counterpart Rebecca Hein earned the complete-game victory with just one hit allowed, five walks and four strikeouts.

At the plate, Downs had two hits for SHC on the day while Caroline Kaston had three hits for West Florida.

Spring Hill (2-2) will next visit Huntingdon College (3-2) in a non-conference doubleheader in Montgomery on Thursday, February 27, beginning at 1 p.m.