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Senior Brian Sims turned 3 double plays, had 2 hits and a stolen base
Senior Brian Sims turned 3 double plays, had 2 hits and a stolen base
Baseball - Sat, Feb. 22, 2014

The Spring Hill College baseball swept a conference doubleheader away from the University of Mobile Rams with two last pitch victories by the scores of 4-3 and 5-4 on Saturday afternoon at historic Stan Galle Field.

The Rams (10-6, 3-3 SSAC) took a 2-1 lead in the 2nd inning of the first game off a two-run triple by centerfielder Jared Brannon, but the Badgers answered back in the 4th inning when designated hitter Taylor Eads lifted a two-run homerun out of right field to put Spring Hill up 3-2.

Mobile tied the game in the top of the 7th inning when a single to centerfield by Brannon moved courtesy runner Austin Curtis to 3rd base and an errant throw back into the infield resulted in Curtis scampering home.

The game moved to the 10th inning where left fielder Mykol Sostarich moved shortstop Brooks Bobinger to 3rd base from 1st base with a single to left-center. Second baseman Brian Sims then squared to attempt a squeeze bunt, but the pitch was over his head. Ram catcher Angelo Bruno caught Bobinger roughly a third of the way down the line, but then threw the ball away in the run down to 3rd base allowing Bobinger to cross home plate with the winning run.

Keller Douglas (2-0) was the winner in four innings of relief with three hits, no walks and a strikeout. Starter Paul Sullivan went six innings with four hits, three walks and three strikeouts. Mobile reliever Jacob Hyde (2-2) took the loss after taking over for Tucker Ward who lasted nine innings with five hits, three walks and 10 strikeouts.

The nightcap saw the Badgers score two runs in the bottom of the 7th inning off a game-tying single to right by first baseman Kyle Freeman that scored Sims from 3rd base and a two-out single to right-center by catcher Roy Moulder to bring in third baseman Willie Floros with the winning run.

Mobile had taken a 3-0 lead in the 1st inning, but SHC scored a run in the 4th inning off single up the middle by Freeman, a run in the 5th inning via an RBI-double past 1st base by Sims, and a run in the 6th inning with a single by Moulder that brought in Floros who led off the frame with a double to the deepest part of straight-away centerfield.

Brady Hitt (2-0) was the winner in relief of starter Jack Howard who went 5.2 innings with eight hits, five walks and three strikeouts. Trey Cockrell (2-2) took the loss for UMobile in one inning of relief for starter Jacob Knowles who lasted 5.1 innings with 11 hits, a walk and two strikeouts.

The Spring Hill defense turned four double plays in Game Two.

At the plate, seven Badgers enjoyed multiple hits on the day as Eads had three hits and two RBI, Floros tallied three hits and Freeman had three hits with two RBI. Moulder had suffered through a 0-for-7 afternoon until collecting his two run-scoring singles in the 6th and 7th innings of the second game.

Bruno and Brannon both had three hits for the Rams with Bruno bring in a run in a pinch-hit appearance with a single to left-center in the 6th inning of Game Two and Brannon driving in two RBI in Game One.

The Badgers (11-4, 4-2 SSAC) will next travel to Selma on Tuesday to face non-conference foe Concordia College in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.