GULF SHORES, Ala. – The 2nd-ranked Spring Hill College softball team opened the 2014 Gulf Coast Invitational with a six-inning 10-2 victory over Columbia College (Mo.) in the morning session and a 6-2 loss versus Thomas University (Ga.) in the afternoon round.
In the first game, the Badgers racked up 15 hits against the Cougars (5-4) and coasted to a "Mercy Rule" decision in six innings of play. SHC starter Caroline Sagrera (4-1) went the distance and allowed just five hits with no walks and eight strikeouts. Sophomore catcher Sam Leach collected four hits while freshman third baseman Lea Kittrell added three hits. Junior Elise deBruler had two hits with a double and two RBI.
The second game saw the Night Hawks (8-11) benefit from a two run 3rd inning and a three-run 4th inning en route to a 6-2 victory. SHC starter Sarah Bolotte (3-2) allowed 10 hits with no walks and three strikeouts in the loss while Kittrell added two more hits to her day's total and junior shortstop Shea Blanchard tallied a hit with an RBI.
On Saturday, Spring Hill (7-3) will face the Morningside College (Iowa) Mustangs (0-2) beginning at 1 p.m. and the William Penn University (Iowa) Statesmen (6-3) at 3 p.m.